What comes to mind when you think about your studies at HMKW?
Great training for the professional life in the business world! Even though the project weeks were very exhausting, HMKW is the best university to prepare for the daily conceptual work in working life. Since I already got to know other study formats before my time at HMKW, I am able to draw good comparisons, for example to the TU in Berlin.
You acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Business Psychology at HMKW Berlin. What is your current job position?
I joined Deutsche Wohnen SE as a recruiter in 2017. Since this April, I have been coordinator of the Personnel Development and Recruiting team. This means that I have professional management responsibility within the team for the areas mentioned above.
Did you get any further work experiences prior to your current position that you would like to share with us?
Since I have really gained a lot of different practical experience, this would go beyond the scope of this interview. Basically I have always worked in professions that were very people-oriented.
When did you figure out your preferred career path? How much was your choice influenced by the compulsory internship?
Even before I started my studies, I knew that I would like to work in Human Resources, especially in an area with personnel selection. The internship in recruiting at BMW in Munich once again encouraged me to continue on my path in this direction.
Why did you decide to study “Media and Business Psychology”? And what made you choose HMKW Berlin?
My previous vocational training as an office clerk had a great influence on my wish, as I had a lot of customer contact there. I realized that I like to work with people. Only on a different level of the business relationship, such as in recruiting. Since HMKW not only offers business psychology but also integrates media psychology, I found the subject very appealing. That really proved its worth in the end. Furthermore, I know of larger universities (over 700 people in the lecture hall, sitting on the floor, poor supervision, no contact persons, ...). At HMKW I appreciated the small groups, the more intensive supervision by and better contact to the professors, the great organization, equipment, etc. But above all the practical training. It had always been clear to me that I did not want to work in research or science.
Which contents of your studies are part of your current job? How do your studies help you in your work routine?
The (strenuous, but very instructive and for me also successful) project weeks with partners from the business world are very helpful. With the help of a problem definition from everyday business life, the finding of solutions on the basis of a concept and the pitch to decision makers, we were prepared excellently for the professional world. This is now a regular part of my work.