Experiences of students & alumni

What is your overall conclusion regarding the BSc Production Management degree programme at ESB Business School?

Katja Flatters, Process Manager Mercedes-Benz Global Services & Parts Daimler AG, Graduate 2018

What I liked most about the BSc Production Management degree programme at ESB Business School was the diversified orientation of the course: the basic lectures begin with the classical business administration topics and range from technical lectures to subjects about marketing management. Furthermore, the specialisations in the last two semesters allow an individual focus on the areas of product or production management. 

The large and internationally well-developed network of ESB Business School, consisting of active students, alumni, professors, lecturers and direct contacts to partner companies, allows students to establish diverse contacts right from the beginning of the course. This network was for me the key to starting a career and a priceless asset!

Probably the greatest and most lasting added value for me was the internship and especially the study semester abroad, a mandatory part of the course. The internship provides an early opportunity to gain an insight into a company and to apply contents learned during the basic studies in practice. The following semester abroad offers not only a huge choice of partner universities/universities of applied sciences but allows us students to have a unique experience: we expand not only the content-related range of topics, rather it teaches us how to deal with new cultures and religions and gives us the opportunity to get to know new countries and people. Thus we can strengthen not only our personal development but also have a long-lasting benefit from these experiences for our professional lives and far beyond.

How closely is the BSc Prouction Management connected to industrial and corporate partners?

Patrick Thormählen, Business Process Consultant, TRUMPF

The BSc Production Management degree programme provided me with useful contacts already during my studies. At a VIMA partner company my internship in the production and lean management department was tailored to my individual requirements. Afterwards I was offered a further project in the USA in the area of supply chain management.   

The combination of the knowledge I had gained in the course about design and programming as well as marketing helped me a little later to obtain a working student position in the after-sales department at TRUMPF. With this “foot in the door” I was able to establish further contacts and write my practice-oriented bachelor thesis at the company. 

Further, the knowledge gained about the efficient design of business processes and lean management along the entire value chain was an important basis for the first years of my career. I began as an analyst in process controlling and with this knowledge e became a process consultant in the same area. In order to assume an interface position in this framework between the operative technical area, classical business areas and IT, the course helped me with the very wide-ranging skills I had acquired, which with their practical relevance and project work met my needs exactly.    

Extracurricular activities during our studies, such as ESB Student Consulting e.V., working in the StuVe WIng (student representation for business engineers) as well as organising our excursion to Bratislava and Prague (VW and diverse suppliers), were great fun. Moreover, the firmly integrated internship and semester abroad were key elements of one’s own personal development. I continue to live the internationality of the course in my job and as a business process consultant now support service companies in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Asia.

What practical benefits does your course have for your career?

Lukas Kiefer, Graduated 2014

The BSc Production Management programme helped me to take on a wide range of tasks in my job. In everyday professional life not only mere knowledge is important but rather the analysis and solving of problems – this is what I learned at ESB Business School. 

As a business engineer you are not just trained in business administration but you also get to know areas such as IT and technology. This enabled me to occupy major interface positions in our company. The mix of theory and practice (including internship semesters) helped me to start my career immediately after graduating.

How would you sum up the BSc Production Management degree programme?

Daniel Czilwik, Consultant, Capgemini Invent, Bsc Production Management graduated summer semester 2016

In just four words: Practical, varied, challenging and trailblazing. 

Practical: What I particularly liked was the practical relevance of the course content and its close proximity to business. The professional experience of the ESB professors was reflected in the practice-oriented, up-to-date lectures. A one-week international excursion to different automobile manufacturers was for me a personal highlight of the degree programme.

Varied and challenging: The wide range of lectures from marketing to materials management to project management showed me the variety and complexity of different disciplines. This balancing act between at first supposedly unrelated subjects I found very demanding. Yet I am faced with precisely this ability to quickly address different topics in my daily work and I wouldn’t want to do without this experience. 

Trailblazing: At the beginning of my studies the ESB career fairs gave me an overview of potential employers and a few semesters later were the basis for my internship. My studies made the opportunity to complete an internship at a global corporation more tangible than ever before. The semester abroad was also one of the most important elements in the degree programme. In addition to interesting lectures I focused mainly on my language skills and intercultural competence, which helped me develop as a person and as a professional. The integrated semester abroad fulfilled a further must-have criterion expected by many employers.

How did the start of the course go? Is there a typical day or week in BSc Production Management?

Anna Poetzl, student from winter semester 2017/18

I found settling in to the study programme really easy right from the beginning. This was mainly because of the compact and friendly size of the semester and of the different introductory events. At various activities such as a campus rally, bowling or the legendary Freshman Games we got to know each other relatively quickly. What I also liked a lot was that we also immediately had contact to people from higher semesters. I still cultivate these contacts now and it is always useful to hear what to expect in the future.   

As the first semesters in PM attend all the courses together, you enter the lecture rooms every morning with the same familiar faces, which I find very pleasant.  As a Wing student you have the great advantage of having lectures in the newest ESB building, something we appreciate very much.

Depending on the semester, during the week you sometimes have more, sometimes fewer lectures, but in any case you spend a lot of time at the university since a lot of group work such as business games or joint presentations make up a typical day in an ESB student’s life. This means a lot of work during the semester; you are always working on a presentation or an assignment though at the same time it also reduces the pressure before exams because in this way you collect points to pass a module. 

Many of the lecturers have a professional background so the lectures are mostly really exciting and inspiring and dry theory is comparatively rare. In return we sometimes have to endure a few lectures on a Saturday.  

Thanks to the familiar environment you generally settle in quickly at ESB and for every concern you find a contact person. In the second PM semester an excursion lasting several days is planned for the so called block week, - we went to Prague for instance – definitely an unforgettable trip that again made our semester grow more closely together.  

What is day to day life like in the BSc Production Management?

Kevin Sier, student from winter semester 2017/18

My name is Kevin Sier, I am twenty-one years old and I am in my third semester studying Production Management.

What I really like about ESB Business School is that our classes are not all that large. There are about 42 students per semester which gives the professors the opportunity to respond more specifically to questions during lectures. What’s more, in addition to our lectures, tutorials help us get a deeper understanding of the material and to practise it. These tutorials are given by students from a higher semester.
Moreover, at ESB you can also join different committees, which is very good for promoting a sense of community.

For example, I am on the students’ council and one of my tasks is to manage communication between our partner degree programmes International Business and International Management Double Degree. This is an uncomplicated way to establish contacts and to get to know new people, often making everyday student life easier!

How is the internship phase organized in the BSc Production Management?

Justin Kurz, student from summer semester 2017

As a general rule internships with a commercial, technical-organisational or engineering focus are possible. Exact requirements are presented and explained in detail before you start the internship. My semester received this information towards the end of the second semester.
For my internship I chose a place in the travel retail division, i.e. in the sales area, at Hugo Boss in New York. This included a variey of commercial activities as well as some technical-organisational aspects. I am working mainly with Excel and SAP and have a lot of contact with the shop managers themselves.  
By simply offering to help various people I was able to obtain a wide-ranging insight into the different areas of the company. 
Important criteria for me in the application process were:

  • Considering personal interests to eliminate the great mass of application options (selecting one business sector) 
  • Limiting my choice to inspiring companies
  • Gathering information, going into the interview well prepared
  • Having an alternative (if possible). You feel less nervous at interviews if you have already secured a job. 
  • Not taking anything too seriously.