Andreas studied business administration at Zurich University, Switzerland. He gained four years corporate work experience before applying for an MBA at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Why did you choose the Oxford MBA?
Oxford Saïd not only offers a holistic programme that looks beyond the world of business but it's also embedded in one of the world's foremost universities, the University of Oxford. This makes for an unparalleled, culturally rich and invigorating environment, and provides incredible opportunities to meet leading thinkers from all sectors.
I was inspired by the alumni I met, and impressed by the school's personal approach to recruiting.
Did you have any previous work experience?
I completed a two-year management trainee programme with ABB Asea Brown Boveri, a power and automation company in Switzerland, where I stayed for four years before deciding to pursue an MBA.
After four years of work, I felt it was time for a new challenge.
How are you funding the MBA?
With a generous loan from my parents, a loan from Prodigy finance, and my savings.
The university offers a range of scholarships, grants and bursaries listed on the school website. The Saïd Business School offered me a bursary and my advice is to apply early if this is a priority.
Oxford Saïd partners with Prodigy Finance, which accepts future earning potential as collateral for loans. It allows international students who have little to no access to traditional lenders to finance their studies.
Do you have a part-time job?
The Oxford MBA is very compressed and demanding, and there are countless inspiring and thought-provoking talks, debates, and conferences to go to. These are experiences that I would not want to trade for part-time work.
What is the MBA like in comparison to your first degree?
The course is far more international and holistic than my undergraduate degree. It has helped me to connect the dots, think more strategically, and see issues from different perspectives.
I also learned a lot during college dinners, society talks, and union debates.
What does the MBA involve?
There are around 20 classes. About half are core classes and modules and the rest electives, projects and optional internships. Each culminates in one or more individual assignments, group assignments, or written exams.
While there is no Masters thesis, I have written more than 30,000 words in written assignments.
What are the advantages/disadvantages?
I am much more aware of what interests me, and my previous work has given me a perspective on the content of my studies.
However, going from a full salary to none was challenging and trading a stable job for unknown opportunities was scary.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
The Oxford MBA opens a lot of doors in every sector. However, no job is offered on a silver platter. A prestigious MBA might open the door, but getting an offer for your dream job still requires a lot of work, perseverance, and a dose of luck.
Upon graduation I am taking up an Associate role with McKinsey & Co, which will allow me to further expand my horizons while working among bright and sociable colleagues in a value-driven firm.
I couldn't be happier with the outcome of my studies.
Any advice for potential MBA students?
For a lot of students, their Masters will be their last degree and a last chance to be an intellectual explorer. So, choose wisely. Pick a degree and an institution that you are passionate about.