Why did you choose to study at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences?
I studied German and English language in Ukraine and took part in an exchange programme with Germany to improve my language skills. Initially, I went to study at the Technical University of Dortmund. I only stayed there for one semester because I thought the university was too big and far too anonymous. I had an acquaintance who studied at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences and had only heard good things from her and others. That’s why I switched to the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences. I really like the practical approach and the informal atmosphere. The contact with the lecturers is also very personal. I had a really good time there and can recommend studying at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences to anyone.
What did you study at Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences?
I did my bachelor’s in business administration there. I wrote my bachelor’s thesis as part of the Euregion Campus Limburg/Niederrhein project. When I wanted to start working on my thesis, the Corona crisis came and the university had to close. Colleges and lectures only took place online at that time. I already knew Prof Hamm from lectures, and I experienced him as a lecturer who involves students in interesting research projects. He introduced me to various fascinating subjects. In the end, I dealt with the question of what makes cities in the region attractive to students. I conducted a survey about Mönchengladbach as a student city. Based on the results, I made recommendations to make the city even more attractive for students.
How did the Corona Crisis affect your graduation year and job search?
Corona made it difficult to work on my bachelor thesis. At that time, it was difficult to find and order books from the library. I mainly used online resources or bought books myself. I applied for a lot of jobs after graduating and felt stressed because of it. It also took some getting used to having all the interviews online. But I am very happy that I found this interesting job at Omnicom Media Group.
How are you doing in your new job?
In December, I spent a week at Omnicom Media Group’s Düsseldorf office. Then came the next lockdown and since then I work from my home office. All meetings are held via Teams. That is quite a challenge for a newcomer, because I still have many questions and you also miss the small talk in the coffee corner. I hope the Corona situation will improve in the coming months so I can get to know my colleagues in real life.
Does the proximity of the Netherlands play a role in your life?
During the first semesters at Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, I often went to Venlo with my fellow students on weekends. When the Corona restrictions are over, I am sure I will go shopping in the Netherlands more often again. Some of my friends moved to the Netherlands after graduating and are now working there. They are really enthusiastic about it. It’s nice that you have so many options in this region.