“I tried to stay focused and put my effort into the goal I had set years ago.”

Maros Mikula, Junior Product Manager, Zeppelin Group

I come from a small city in central Slovakia, but I always knew that I wanted to explore the big world out there. Yet if someone in high school had told me that one day I would be hold a master’s degree in Export and Internalization Management (ExInt) from one of the top business and economics universities in Europe, I would probably have laughed.

The start of my Bachelor’s in Business, Economics and Social Sciences was characterized by uncertainty and a lack of the necessary language skills. But I grew more confident as time passed, not only academically, but also personally. I was learning to focus, to ask for help when I needed it, and to have faith in myself. I found friends I could look up to, friends that inspired me by their work ethics and friendly personalities. All these things made up an essential part of my undergraduate studies and helped me to navigate more easily.

After obtaining my bachelor’s degree in 2016, I went on to the MSc ExInt because of my interest in entrepreneurship and internalization, along with the program’s promising career prospects. I appreciated the small classes, as it made it easier to ask questions and to develop a friendly relationship with the excellent faculty. The WU campus is highly modern and offers excellent studying conditions, perfect for quiet studying, having a break, or even for playing sports outside. I was also lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland, which was a wonderful time with nice memories.

Thanks to my master’s thesis about the key success factors of start-up companies, it didn’t take me long to find a great position at an e-commerce startup in its initial phase in Munich. Besides the academic skills the program provided, I was also able to see new places and make lifelong friendships.

As Walt Disney said, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”