Coming from a background in engineering, I wanted to explore new career pathways by shifting my focus to business and management. In October 2016, I took the plunge and began the Online International MBA at IUBH. Starting the programme online offered me invaluable flexibility: I was able to remain at home in Algeria and study in parallel with my job, so I could prepare my next career step without taking a professional gap. In the meantime, the special IUBH Smart Entry system gave me the option of transferring to campus in Germany in the future. Indeed, I decided to take that opportunity, and my second semester found me on campus in Berlin!
A Mentality of Discipline and Quality Standards
I was very grateful to have the chance to study and live in Germany, a country of endless opportunities. Of course, it’s one of the strongest economies in the world; but I’m also fascinated with the German people, their mentality, their discipline and commitment to high quality standards. I felt I had a lot to learn from them, and in doing so make my time in Germany a really constructive experience. So not only did I learn a lot on my MBA programme, but found life in Germany to be highly educational and beneficial in its own right. My IUBH experience itself was very positive – I made friends, acquired invaluable competencies, and had some eye-opening field trips to such major corporate locations as the BMW plant in Berlin-Spandau. And naturally, graduating with a state-accredited German degree would prove to be of great to help to me in the German jobs market.
A New Life in Germany
I enjoyed my time in Germany so much that I decided to stay long-term. Since December 2018, I’ve been in the role of Inside Sales Engineer with Fife Tidland GmbH, a multinational company providing solutions for web-handling. It was a good thing that internationality was such a major dimension of the IUBH experience, as I deal with clients from Western Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. I find I can apply the skills I learned during my MBA to my daily work, as I oversee business strategies and coordinate internally between the various departments. For the moment, I’m looking forward to further expanding and developing in my role, and then I’ll see what the future might bring!