1. Why did you choose SSE and your specific program?
I chose SSE for three main reasons: the practical curriculum, the location, and the alumni network. I knew I wanted a program that balances lecture-based learning with interactive case work and opportunities to engage with problems that real companies face. Additionally, I wanted to continue my studies in Stockholm to surround myself in a truly innovative environment. I love that new ideas are continuously being pursued in Stockholm, and I see that as a great opportunity to join a company (new or existing) that aligns with my values or to even commercialize something new myself. As I interact with more and more SSE alumni, I acknowledge how important the alumni network has been in choosing SSE. Not only is everyone very welcoming, but I am consistently pleasantly surprised by the great experiences and accomplishments of SSE alumni. For these reasons, I chose the MSc in Business & Management. With my interest in innovation, I knew that the innovation management specialization would give me further opportunities to sharpen my skills in conjunction with exposure to companies where I could use such skills.
2. Why would you encourage others to apply to SSE?
I would encourage others to apply to SSE because of the well-rounded student experience. SSE provides a challenging and engaging curriculum balanced by a tight knit and active student community. Regardless of your interests, you have the ability to make your SSE experience your own, whether it is through the specializations you study or the student committees you join. All the while, you can enjoy the high quality of living offered by Stockholm. What I love most about the opportunity to study in Stockholm is the easy access to beautiful nature, plenty of cafes, and top companies at the same time. Even after graduation, you will always be part of the SSE family, with support from SSE alumni and connections to partner companies.
3. What tips do you have for prospective students?
My best advice for prospective students is to above all else, understand yourself and what you want out of your master’s experiences, both during and after the program. Through my previous work experiences, I had the opportunity to exercise different skills and interact with a variety of business functions. It allowed me to understand what I liked, disliked, and what I could generally see myself being excited to do in the future. I saw SSE as the perfect fit that would enable me to achieve my goals and make a difference. The most genuine reasons for interest are the most effective. I also encourage prospective students to interact with the broad range of student resources available at SSE before making a decision. Prior to my arrival at SSE for my first term, I talked to a variety of people, including program managers, students, and alumni who helped me learn more about SSE and solidify my interest. Everyone at SSE is very open and willing to answer questions or even just talk about their experiences to help you make the best decision for you.