I define success in terms of achieved personal and professional growth. During my studies, I worked in project management at Mercedes-Benz and Siemens Healthineers and also founded the student organisations ThinkTwice and Awaken&More. Furthermore, I learned to several new languages and studied at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Berlin School of Economics and Law, the University of Oxford, and at the Stockholm University. Now that I hold a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in International Business and Management, I wanted to reflect about what traits helped me to endure during my study time.
The first trait that I find to be important is the trait of inquisitiveness. Being inquisitive means to have an interest to learn new things. I believe that selecting a study programme that is interesting is of paramount importance. By being inquisitive, I also wanted to study other things that were related to my field. Being curious led me from studying management to studying psychology to studying leadership to studying consulting. This helped to me see the interrelatedness of the different subjects, which raised my overall awareness about business and life.
Second, the trait of perseverance seemed to be crucial as well. Having started to study in September 2012, I had to show constant perseverance and work hard during my four-year long bachelor’s programme. I strongly focused on studying, not because I had to but because I wanted to pursue my interests. I enjoyed it and that was the reason why I reached very high marks and participated in many extracurricular activities where I met many interesting people and lots of new friends.
Showing perseverance requires to balance work with entertainment. I also visualised my goals on three large sheets of paper. Repeatedly thinking about how I would feel about accomplishing them helped me to stay focused on my goals and to act towards them.
3. Interpersonal skills
Lastly, interpersonal skills were also very important as I had to work with many people throughout the study programme. Interpersonal skills are necessary for working on projects with your fellow students but also for building your social circle and network throughout your study.
I find it important to find a balance between being self-focused and people-oriented. You can not complete your study when being non-collaborative but neither can you complete it when you always try to help other people and forget about your own progress. You do not want to be selfish, but neither selfless. Perhaps, the right word to describe what is mean is self-full, where you have to be both, depending on the circumstances.
I hope that this article provided some value and that it gave an insight into what I think are important traits for successfully completing a study programme.