Meet Simon, a student from Accounting, Strategy and Control

Why did I choose my programme (and CBS)?
I was determined to pursue my Master's degree at CBS, as I found that they had the most interesting range of graduate programmes in Denmark. During my search, I came across ASC, which caught my attention as it gave me the opportunity to expand my knowledge in financial management alongside a greater focus on finance, which I hadn't had much of during my Bachelor's degree. One thing that was important to me when choosing ASC was that the programme offers a wide range of skills, which allows me to develop professionally.

What do I like the best?
From my point of view, the most valuable aspect of ASC's academic curriculum is its emphasis on applied learning. I rarely feel that what I'm being taught only applies to an academic career. As for the social aspect, CBS has been exceptional in expanding my network and providing numerous opportunities to socialize with my peers in ASC and other study programmes thanks to a wide variety of social events available.

How do I experience the difference in academic level between my bachelor and master programme?
I observed a significant difference in the course material and exam expectations compared to my Bachelor's degree. I came to the realization that I needed to invest more time in comprehending certain topics, as some of them were unfamiliar to me. Despite the higher expectations and more challenging curriculum, I never left an exam feeling uneasy. Overall, I would describe the environment as more professional than what I'm accustomed to, but this has been a motivating factor for me, and I believe I've gained practical skills as a result.

What are the biggest challenges in my programme?
The biggest challenges in my study programme have been the finance courses, primarily due to my limited background in this area from my Bachelor's degree. Nevertheless, these courses ultimately became my favourite subjects and were the ones that I've learned the most from. Admittedly, I had some times within my study where I felt like I would never get a comprehensive understanding of certain topics, but not once did this actually come true, and I never left an exam with a bad feeling.

What would I have liked to have known before starting my programme?
If there is one thing I wish I had known before starting my studies at ASC, it would be that I would need to devote more effort to my studies than I was accustomed to during my Bachelor's degree. Additionally, I have come to recognise the significance of the social aspect of my studies, which has been very important in terms of motivating me to improve. Despite the topics being more intense at times, I haven't felt burnt out or discouraged, rather, I've been positively challenged.

What do I want to do after finishing my programme?
After my studies, I'd like to pursue a career within consulting, as I feel like this gives me an option to explore a lot of different areas within finance and ultimately helps me realise what I enjoy doing in my professional life. It also gives me plenty of experience for my future career. ASC is very fitting for pursuing this career, as it teaches many useful skills that are specifically used within the area of consulting.

If I could give myself a piece of advice, before starting it would be…
Focus on socialising with your fellow study mates, and participate in all exercise classes, as these greatly improve your understanding of the different topics. I think it's important to enjoy your study life while also feeling like you can use it to progress within your professional career. I know that some people are not very motivated to increase their social circle on their master’s degree, but I also know that this is one of the things that many people come to regret towards the ends of their studies.

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