Adhir Amin came all the way from India to study at ISM. In the master programme International Logistics & Supply Chain Management he found what he was looking for: An international course of studies that combines theory and practical experience. In the interview he talks about his passion for Logistics, living in Germany and his plans for the future.
1. What made you decide to study in Germany, at ISM?
After obtaining my Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, I started to search for the best way to build my career. At that time, I was working in the retail sector in India and I was fascinated by how logistics plays a basic and major role in the functioning in all firms large or small.
I knew this was exactly what I needed to pursue, and where else than the country best known for its logistics? With that in mind, I tried to find a good program that would fit my needs and be affordable as well. That’s when I came across a Masters program at the International School of Management for International Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
2. What did your family and friends think of your decision to study abroad?
My family and friends were very proud and happy for me. My father especially has been very supportive in my decision to have such a major career deviation and that aspect is a very rare in an Indian family. One year into the course my family believed that I have matured as a person.
3. How did you adapt to living in a different country?
I didn’t find it a problem to adapt to Germany’s life. The city of Frankfurt itself is so lively and energetic but at the same time has an abundant store of activities and sites you can do and visit during your weekend. I must also mention the tremendous help from the international office of ISM in helping me to cope with the procedure of applying for a residence permit as well as providing me assistance in finding an apartment. To be frank, I can’t recall any moment that I was homesick as I was even reluctant to go back to India when I had a semester break.
4. What did you enjoy most about your experience?
As I was in an international course the best part was I had classmates from Germany, France, China, Indonesia and Turkey. Learning about different cultures was an amazing experience. But most of all, the people in Germany are always there to help you not matter what.
5. What advice would you give students thinking about studying in Europe?
Frankly, I would say come to Europe to study but also come here to meet people from different cultures and to grow as a person and as a professional. In short enjoy every moment.
6. How do you think your time abroad has helped your studies and/or your career?
The best part this experience is it has trained me to become a global citizen who is open to different opinions and different cultures. I have become very flexible and can adapt to new environment very easily. The flexibility and adaptability has no doubt become one of my strengths. But apart from that studying abroad is always an added advantage to my career.
7. What are your plans for the future?
Currently I will be pursuing my semester abroad in the United States for the course of “Project Management” which is also an option provided by the ISM. After my semester abroad I would return to Germany for an internship and would like to work in the Germany logistics industry.