Welcome back to the third post in the #meetourparticipants series. This week we have the pleasure of introducing you to Patrick Schubert, who recently finished his studies in Industrial Engineering.
So Patrick, tell us about yourself!
[Patrick]: Hey everyone!
I’m Patrick, 23 years old and grew up in Italy. After high school, I decided to move to Munich where most of my family lives and started my studies in Industrial Engineering. I decided to take that path because I didn’t want to study just economics or just engineering, I didn’t want to be stuck to a certain topic. The course was exactly what I wanted. I recently finished my studies and I am working as a Junior Consultant at a mid-sized consulting firm on a 5-year long supply chain planning project for an automotive group.
In my free time, I usually go out with colleagues and friends and depending on the season go to bars, to the park and have some fun together.
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What are you passionate about?
[Patrick]: I’m also passionate about everything that catches my interest. It can be psychology for a couple of weeks or macroeconomics on other days. I don’t have a definite “passion”, I like to know something about everything, to understand all the processes and forces that make up this world. I believe that everyone needs to know a bit about everything. Some people are too fixed to a topic and lose sight of other important things. I wrote a quote in my bachelor thesis on Industry 4.0 that sums up my thought: “Everyone has to learn how to program, but not everyone should program”.
5 years from now, what the plan?
[Patrick]: I hope to start and finish my Master studies within the next 5 years. I plan to work for at least 2 years and then start an MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management. Maybe even for a business concept or with the opportunity to work for an impactful company.
Why did you choose ABC Business Academy?
[Patrick]: I had a pretty rough beginning when I moved from Italy. You can basically compare it to a wild animal being freed into the wild. It was fun but destroying at the same time. After 2 years I decided to get up and do something finally. I got more and more interested in my studies and during summer 2018 I noticed on LinkedIn that my high school was sponsoring a summer course at the ABC Business Academy. My lazy side decided to stay in Munich and so I booked the Munich course.
I was really nervous because I didn’t know what to expect from a company I never heard about. But I said to myself: “Well, If my high school writes about it then it’s not gonna be that bad, is it?”. Well, it was definitely not! I met awesome people from all around Europe and still have contact with some of them. I have rarely seen so many smart, young and engaging people trying to solve difficult problems. It was really challenging and fun at the same time!
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Any advice for next years participants?
[Patrick]: To anyone taking an ABC program – be open with yourself and open your mind to anything in your surroundings. Try to leave with as many new friends and experiences as you can. You are still young and there is so much more to experience in the short time we have.
Some great advice there Patrick, we are great believers in the importance of always seeking new experiences!
And to finish off, what’s your favorite quote?
[Patrick]: “The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.” -Unknown
Thanks, Patrick, it was great to hear about your experiences at our summer school and your ambitions for the future!
Stay tuned for more interviews with our fantastic alumni in the #meetourparticipants series!