Meet Maximilian...

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Degree Program: Philosophy & Economics (BA), Management Sciences (M.Sc.) (expected to graduate in 2012)
University: University of Bayreuth, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) , University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)
Previous Internships: Arvato Corporate Controlling & Consulting, Strategy Consultancy, Tchibo Corporate Development
Interests: Professional Interests: Corporate Strategy, Corporate Finance, Corporate Controlling; Personal Interests: Politics, Sociology, Travel (esp. France), Music

Student Challenger since 2010

Describe your educational background. Where did / do you study, what degrees did / will you receive?
Recently, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Bayreuth in Philosophy & Economics. At Bayreuth, I focused on topics related to corporate strategy and worked on a 1-year cooperation project with Nokia. In course of the cooperation, we published papers on corporate transformation processes and strategy. During my undergraduate studies, I spent one semester at the College of Business Administration of Lincoln (USA) where I took several Finance-related classes. This September (2011), I will take up my studies at the London School of Economics and Politics (LSE) to earn a Master’s Degree in Management Sciences with a special emphasis of Finance and Decision Sciences.

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?

Right now, I work as an Analyst at a Strategic Consultancy at Berlin. Before, I’ve been part of Arvato’s Corporate Controlling and Consulting Department and worked for the Corporate Development Team at Tchibo. Thanks to the Klaus Murmann Fellowship Program, I had the chance to get in touch with companies like Bain & Company, Lufthansa, McKinsey, and PricewaterhouseCoopers through several seminars and workshops.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is / was your favorite aspect about your job?

The demanding and interesting tasks presented in the job description, were crucial to my decision to apply for arvato AG / Bertelsmann AG. My favorite aspect about the internship was, that I was conceived as a real team-member and thus had the chance to contribute to the project at all time. Thanks to this ‘status’ and the supporting help of my co-workers at arvato, I gained a lot of experience regarding project development.

What has been your most challenging / rewarding / exciting task or project thus far?

At arvato I have been working on a corporate strategy project. On this project, one of the most challenging experiences was to merge our interview partners’ numerous ideas and input into one consistent storyline. Moreover, I had the chance to get in touch with a lot of different arvato units and thus gained an overview of the numerous different services arvato offers to its clients.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?
In my eyes, a viable key quality is to be flexible and adaptive. Bertelsmann in general and arvato in specific are vibrant companies acting in fast moving markets; hence being able to act accordingly to changing circumstances is crucial to succeed in this surrounding.

What was / is a typical day during your internship like?
Although there were very little ‘typical days’ at Arvato, most days were planned in consequence of the current status of our project. Often, we had interviews in the afternoon and worked on the project itself during the morning and evening. However, almost every day started with a cup of coffee, made by our splendid coffee-maker.

What are your professional goals?
Any others ;-) ?
While I am not (yet) determined and still pretty flexible regarding the particular industry and region of my future employee, I am keen to take on responsibility early in my career. Generally speaking, I really enjoyed working on strategy projects and in controlling-/ finance-related departments and could well imagine to pursue a career in one of these areas. However, I am really open to new ideas and areas of business and could think of a plethora of different areas to go for in the future. 

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