In 2016, Kai Würzburger was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration after completing a part-time degree course while working as an analyst in the Credit Risk Management Real Estate, Nordics/Funds division of Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba). He is currently studying for a Master’s degree at Copenhagen Business School, specialising in Finance & Strategic Management.
What made you decide to apply for a Bachelor degree course at Frankfurt School?
A school internship first awakened my interest in a professional career in the financial services sector. The – still unique – option of combining a practical degree course at Germany’s leading finance-focused business school with a solid training course in banking at the German Chamber of Commerce (IHK) is what made me apply for the combined-studies programme in Banking & Finance. The other incentives were the mandatory semester abroad and internship abroad – essential for students with an international outlook.
How well did your academic studies at Frankfurt School prepare you for the challenges of your current job? What did you find especially useful?
Throughout the degree course, we worked in small study groups, which encouraged interactive learning and assessment methods. In particular, giving frequent presentations in lieu of written examinations built up my confidence and self-assurance when making public appearances, and meant that I also developed a more structured way of working so I could get across my core messages clearly and comprehensibly. I’ve already benefited from this in various situations, such as meetings with M&A clients, job interviews, and my day-to-day dealings with my colleagues and team members. What’s more, the three-day teaching model meant that I could work part-time throughout the course, and this in turn meant that even as a student, I built up a relatively high level of work experience. This proved to be an asset when I was applying for jobs, development programmes and my semester abroad in the United States. Because it was a combined-studies programme, I had to be very organised and take the initiative; both abilities are useful in my current work. The close supervision I had while writing my bachelor thesis improved my academic methodology, and increasingly, this is also a prerequisite for passing exams at Copenhagen Business School.
Looking back, how important was your time as a student at Frankfurt School in the greater scheme of things?
The academic education I received at Frankfurt School – especially in finance – prepared me very thoroughly for my professional career and my Master’s degree course at CBS, even though the Danish degree system is different. But more important for me was the personal development I experienced at Frankfurt School; above all, this improved my ability to work in a team. What’s more, I built up an extensive network both at Frankfurt School and while attending job fairs, and that’s really important for future career development.
What’s your favourite memory of your time at Frankfurt School?
Even though a combined-studies programme imposes a much tighter schedule on you than full-time study, I still had plenty of time to relax from a hard day of studying at the many Chill & Grill events and Frankfurt School student parties. I also made many good friends during my time as a student; friendships that have endured even though I’m far away in Copenhagen.
What advice would you give to prospective Frankfurt School students?
While it’s undoubtedly important to focus on your studies and written exams, at the same time, you should also make the most of other events such as company visits or events organised by FS students. For two reasons: first, you’ll make face-to-face contact with potential employers, and second, you’ll turn your life as a student into a truly unforgettable life experience.