Thierry Keuscher

Country of origin: Germany

Jenoptik AG

I was just about to finish my undergraduate studies in economics – with a focus on international management and management of medium-sized businesses in Germany – when I decided to do a further specialisation in the field of management.

I wanted to do postgraduate studies at a management school with an international reputation and at the same time to work on my English fluency. That is how I came to join the MA in HR and Consulting in the Department of Management Learning and Leadership (now called the Department of Leadership and Management) at Lancaster University Management School. I was interested in working in the field of management and felt that the programme would provide state-of-the-art theory and know-how in management and leadership.

My MA studies at Lancaster differed in style from my undergraduate studies in Germany – the theoretical learning was much more self-directed and self-organised, with guidance from professors and lecturers when needed, and a lot of team-working in an international set-up. Practical experience was real-life experience: spending a month working with a student consulting team on a real-life consulting project in London was a real highlight, as was the month I spent at the Technical University of Munich, working in a very innovative research community to conduct the research for my Masters thesis.

Completing an MA in a foreign language and in a multicultural environment, delivering a real-life consulting project and doing academic research in an ambitious research community was challenging but invaluable. It prepared me well for the demanding tasks I am facing in my current post as the Assistant to a member of the Managing Board of Jenoptik AG. In this position I am working together with the Secretary to the Managing Board and do strategic analysis, prepare decision memos and monitor corporate projects.

But beyond that, the University of Lancaster was a lot of fun. I very much enjoyed playing golf on the golf course next to the University’s campus, spending nights playing poker with classmates and taking part in the historic Roses sports event against the University of York.