Written by Thomas Dorsch, HHL part-time M.Sc. alumni, Consultant at McKinsey
I decided for HHL’s part-time program in management as it gave me the chance to deepen my knowledge in general management as well as to grow personally.
After my Bachelor’s degree I was looking for a program to do both, continue my studies in the field of business administration while at the same time starting my first job as a consultant in a technology consultancy. The part-time Master of Science in Management offered me the chance to study at one of Germany’s best business schools with a schedule also matching the work rhythm of consultants. The program had the right balance between a broad set of core modules and electives, which could be chosen according to personal preferences. Furthermore the two-year schedule allowed for the flexibility to do an optional semester abroad at one of HHL’s various partner universities. I used this chance and spent a semester in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam at the end of my studies.
When I started my studies at HHL, I became part of a special and truly personal community of students, professors, research associates and administrative staff. All of my fellow students were highly motivated young professionals working for a broad range of companies, e.g. Siemens, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bank, BASF, HELABA, NordLB, IBM, a German venture capital fund as well as small- and medium-sized companies. The different perspectives each of them brought to table as well as their passion for their jobs and the program inspired me. Due to our small class size of 25 students, group discussions during the lectures as well as group work became an intense learning experience. This experience was further enriched by professors and research associates with an open door policy, who were ready to answer questions and provide individual support, e.g. in group assignments. Last but not least, the admin staff provided a very individual and flexible support and was ready to help wherever needed. Looking back to my time in Leipzig, I think people at HHL and the special spirit we had in our class turned the two years into something very special for me.
Studying at HHL gave me a new perspective on what is possible in business and in life. The exchange with my fellow students, alumni as well as career service encouraged me to seek for a new job opportunity after finishing my master’s degree. A meeting with HHL’s career service gave me additional confidence to apply for a job at the big strategy consultancies. Additionally, I have received valuable tips for my cover letter and CV. During the application process, HHL’s alumni network turned out to be extraordinary supportive. All alumni to whom I reached out in order to get some first-hand insights were easily accessible and readily shared their experiences with me over the phone or at one of the alumni events, which take place in each of the bigger cities in Germany.
Being part of the HHL’s community does not end when graduating. Even as an alumni I benefit from HHL’s lifelong career service, which can be used at any time. Moreover they keep interested people informed about new job opportunities with regular newsletters. HHL’s alumni network gives me the chance to stay in touch with some of my fellow students at alumni events. Furthermore events and conferences organized by current students offer ample occasions to reconvene on campus. Since I graduated, my part-time M. Sc. class each year had an alumni team at the European Ivy League for instance, which is a soccer tournament for business schools from all over Europe.
After studying at HHL for two and a half years, I am convinced by HHL’s quality in teaching exceptional people as well as by the services they offer to students & alumni. I can highly recommend you getting to know Germany’s oldest business school as well as its programs. It has been a rewarding experience to me. I am sure it can be one for you as well.