My pathway to choosing ESMT Berlin 

Nicole Brück

Although ESMT Berlin’s current rankings already give a good indicator as to why students are drawn to the business school from an academic perspective, there are so many more reasons that speak for ESMT.  

Personally, I wanted to study at an institute that would balance theoretical teachings with professional experience. At ESMT we are allocated a six-month internship period during the Master programs that we can use to gain hands-on experience. On top of that, we dedicate an entire month to a Social Impact Project. The selling point for me, however, was its mission to ”develop entrepreneurial leaders who think globally and act responsibly”. ESMT prioritizes responsible and sustainable business practices, which is something I fully stand behind.  

More than a business school  

To me, ESMT is a place that challenges you. Whether it is your academic progress or personal soft skills, ESMT provokes, and more importantly, guides this process by providing the necessary support systems.  

Students are given the chance to lead organizations as big and well-established as the DigitalFuture Summit (DFS and this speaks to the trust ESMT has in its students and the practical experience it encourages each student to pursue. It also perfectly demonstrates that ESMT actively promotes its values to “empower(…) people to create a better tomorrow”.  

The ESMT community 

Being a part of the community is inspiring. The amount of effort everyone displayed during the first semester was impressive and a huge motivational driver. The programs here are demanding and time-intensive, especially with all the extracurricular activities. Even so, the community supports you and gives you access to a network of accomplished and open-minded people who are more than willing to provide advice and a lending hand. 

The DigitalFuture Summit (DFS) 

DigitalFuture Summit 2023 team

I thought the DFS was a great opportunity to join a network of alumni and creative students who are passionate about leading a large-scale event by themselves. In actuality, the DFS is so much more than that. From scouting new talent, onboarding close to 40 new team members, signing partners, and organizing events, to revamping the organizational structure and digital platforms – the DFS fulfills all functions of a business. It is an organization built by and for students. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? 

DigitalFuture 2023 leadership team

The DFS is a great example of how ESMT, alumni, and students encourage professional growth. Just like ESMT’s unique constellation of being founded by 25 prominent companies, the DFS thrives on its professional network of partners.  

The DFS adds valuable experiences and projects to the members’ portfolios through workshops, talks, and company presentations. Moreover, students get to put their learnings to the test. The greatest skills that I have learned during my time at ESMT so far are how to improve my time management and how to work better under pressure. In this fast-paced environment of having to juggle academic, professional, and personal responsibilities, the DFS is a perfect way to test your limits while being surrounded by a supportive and diverse environment. 

This article was originally published by the DFS on March 24, 2022 and republished with permission.