How would you describe the International Business Program?
The BScBA Program gives students an unbeatable combination of theoretical background and worklife skills. The fast pace of the studies simulates real life, where situations come up and change fast, and projects have to be completed with tight deadlines.
The program also teaches us excellent presentation skills and self-confidence. The students coming from Mikkeli are more poised to speak in front of others. Having confidence in yourself and your work is an invaluable asset later in life, where most jobs require one to speak with self-assurance about their work, be it co-workers, superiors or VIP stakeholders.
The BScBA Program is more of a generalist program but that’s also the beauty of it. The general nature means that you can choose your speciality when you move on to your Master’s but you gain a special community and priceless worklife skills that you won’t get elsewhere.
Did you work during your studies? What is your advice for students interested in working during their studies?
During my studies in Mikkeli, I worked part-time at the department store Anttila and I later also completed two internships, one in Geneva at the UN organization International Trade Centre and another one in New York with Finpro (now Business Finland).
I would advise all students to gather as much work experience as you can already during the studies. Not only will you be financially better off but you will also get a leg up on other graduates when you’re applying for your first job after your studies. Employers appreciate previous work experience, and you have a chance to stand out from the masses.
Internships and other jobs during your studies are also a good way to try out different things. You have decades to build your career but your studies are a good time to see what’s out there.
What is your advice for current BScBA students and recent graduates?
If you get a chance, try to get a job at a smaller company. The company might not seem as prestigious on paper as well-known bigger companies, but in a small company the duties are usually more varied, and you get to see and do more and get responsibility early on. You have the opportunity to work on different areas of business and you might find out that you’re passionate about something that you hadn’t even thought of before. Having been exposed to various areas of business will also help you later on your career when you understand how everything is interconnected and what the other departments are doing.
Your best memory from Mikkeli?
The people. The BScBA community truly is one of a kind and the friends and connections you make there will last a lifetime.
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