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“Google your future”

Do you know where you are going to work after your studies, including job title & company? If so, then doing an exchange is not as beneficial as for someone who doesn’t have a clue yet. There are many motivations that could lead you to think about an exchange. Friends brag about how cool the parties are in Europe, how many good grades you get at some universities or even that they made friends for life or found that life partner. Those stories make one start a thought process and that’s very important. Google your future means that you should start by looking for topics of your interest online. More specifically, look who publishes in that area of expertise.Summer School Poster Where are those people based? Do those institutes or universities offer summer schools or exchange programmes? Are there conferences where they present, which include workshops? For example, I wanted to do an innovation management summer school in London. I found it by chance while I was looking for contact information of a professor. It seemed great.Summer School Poster Knowing that there are such workshops, I quickly found more than one seemingly suitable programme by going through Google search with keywords like “summer school”, “academy” “postgraduate workshop”, “economics” and “innovation”. Doing that research made me understand better what I really wanted to achieve. It was getting out there to rub shoulders with bright minds in my area of interest. However, there are fantastic opportunities listed on the PGIO website. So you don’t have to go through all the trouble of finding a suitable programme by yourself.

Lunch ... not for the faint-hearted“Excel before you Word”

5000 Pounds was the total cost I found for the first supposedly great programme (a summer school in London). Obviously, they don’t put those numbers on the front page of the programme’s website. Nonetheless, I found more (similar) programmes at other institutions and applied for two (Seoul, South Korea and Jena, Germany). After doing more research on costs, I made an Excel spread sheet and made a detailed plan. This made me realise that only Jena would be feasible. They offered their programme for a little contribution of 150 Euros, which included snacks, tea, coffee and a hot meal for the first two weeks. Also, I was more and more amazed when reading about their programme. I liked it much more then all alternatives so I felt lucky. Once I knew it would be possible I began talking to the PGIO and was able to prepare an informed application in Word.


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