Hendrik moved to the UK to study for a Masters in Economics before finding a job as a consultant. Find out why he decided to pursue postgraduate study
Why did you pursue a postgraduate course?
While doing my Bachelor in Economics and Management in Germany I chose my major subjects in economic theory and financial markets. I wanted to gain further insights into these areas through postgraduate study.
Understanding consumer behaviour by analysing economic models was always really appealing to me, as it gives you a lot of space for your own creative thinking.
Why did you choose this institution?
During my undergraduate degree I applied to a number of universities in the UK. The University of Kent is ranked in the top ten for student satisfaction so I didn't hesitate in accepting their offer.
Also the wide spectrum of modules on offer gave me the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into different topics in economics and this really appealed to me.
What did your course involve?
To study for the Masters in Economics an undergraduate knowledge in micro- and macroeconomics was required. For econometrics, no previous knowledge is required, but a good interest in the subject is necessary to work through the programme material.
The course gives you a detailed understanding of how an economy works. It also teaches you how to organise yourself independently and think outside the box. All these points help me to deliver a great day-to-day performance in my job.
The small number of students on the course created a personal atmosphere and each lecturer wanted you to completely understand the topic. The mix of modules made the whole programme really enjoyable.
Facilities were well equipped including the teaching rooms, reconstructed library, gym and, most importantly, the two MSc rooms, which were really useful for group projects, exchanging different research ideas and escaping the busy library.
The level of support is good. Staff within the School of Economics always had an open ear and were pleased to help in any matter.
What areas can you work in as a result of your Masters?
Currently I'm working in a consulting company providing process and IT consultancy for automotive retail. My job is to help automotive manufacturers face the upcoming challenges due to technology development in retail topics.
You need to be well well-organised to tackle assessments, and this, coupled with everyday training sessions taught me good self-discipline. The practical way of teaching at Kent has definitely given me good skills in applied econometrics and computing, which I imagine are very useful to potential employers.
If you're interested in economics you should consider the Master in Economics at the University of Kent. The only thing you need is motivation and the willingness to work hard.