Nils completed his master’s degree at SBE and took a year off to work abroad. “I wanted to go to an emerging country and I wanted to learn another language,” he says. “Mexico looked appealing to me. I was interested in traveling outside of Europe, and I was interested in learning another language.”
For six weeks, he followed a Spanish language course—he was already fluent in English, German and Dutch and spoke some French. After that he worked in a social development project in the south of Mexico helping small indigenous communities to develop themselves. He then completed an internship in the German/Mexican chamber of commerce, helping small and mid-sized companies to enter into the Mexican markets.
The year enhanced his education, not only because some of the work he did was able to be applied toward credits for graduation, but also for personal growth. “I think every international experience broadens your perspective a bit,” he says. “Mexico works completely differently from what we are used to in Europe. The culture is a lot more easy going and you solve problems differently there and work with different personalities. It makes it easier to accept that things do not always work the way you expect them to work, so you become more flexible. It also makes you more mobile. Once you’ve had the experience you are less afraid to move abroad again.”