A new academic year has started

Hi all! The summer is over, and a new academic year has started. Since my last blog entry was quite a long time ago. I am going to introduce myself again. My name is Marcel and I am now a second year Master of Finance student from Germany and the student ambassador for the Finance track. I live in Helsinki since August 2017 and I really enjoy my time here!

As I mentioned in my last blog entry I spent the summer working as an intern in a M&A boutique in Germany. This was an excellent opportunity to apply the theoretical frameworks learned at Hanken and get to know the daily life of an M&A Analyst. Since September I am back in Helsinki and I am looking forward to my final year of studies. The big upcoming challenge for this academic year will be writing my master thesis seminar and the master thesis itself. At Hanken a master student is responsible for finding and defining his own thesis topic. It is important to make sure that the same research was not conducted before. I submitted my topic proposal last week and now I am waiting for feedback from the finance department. In my next blog entry, I can hopefully update you about the progress I am doing with my thesis.

Besides working on my thesis, I am going to take one or two more courses and work on my Finnish language skills. If you are interested to stay and work in Finland as a foreigner, knowing Finnish gives you a big advantage in the job market even though everybody knows English. During this winter I am going to apply for several full-time positions. My plan is to start working full time latest by September 2019. Thanks to Hanken´s great reputation and various networking events hosted by Hanken and the student associations I am convinced I will be able to find a job in the field of my interest.

With that said I hope you have a great start into the new academic year. If you have any questions regarding studying at Hanken please do not hesitate to contact me. I am looking forward to hear from you.