Max Walkowiak

Max Walkowiak


Can you talk a little bit about yourself and your background?

My name is Max, 26, and I am currently the Social Media Manager of a market leader in the German organic food and beverage industry. I live and work in Munich. Before my current job, I worked at a small consultancy in Munich as a Social Media Specialist after having founded a small business in 2015. I’ve always been fascinated by the societal impact of business transactions. I started an online Masters programme at the University of Exeter in Summer 2018 and am currently in my 8th module.

What prompted you to pursue an online programme with the University of Exeter? Specifically, why was online appealing to you?

As a Russell Group member, the University of Exeter represents one of the best Universities in the United Kingdom. The closeness between the University’s Business School and the College of Social Sciences and International Studies allowed me to take up my interest in social issues.

The online programme additionally enabled me to continue doing my job in Munich, and therefore, to put the theoretical knowledge gained throughout the course into practice. I believe that my academic performance profits as well, as I can always add a practical perspective to any theoretical issue.

What has the experience been like? Was it what you thought it would be like and has it met your expectations?

The online programme absolutely exceeded my expectations.

Such distance learning courses offered by statutory institutions are not very common in Germany. Hence, I broke new ground and was excited about what awaited me.

I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that online courses were not ‘just’ on-campus lectures uploaded online. From the first day, I had continuous, high level exchanges with fellow students and lecturers. This discourse was reinforced by the ‘discussion forum-like’ build of the online course. It was, therefore, possible to initiate specific reflective and constructive discussions with theoretical and practical insights from students and lecturers from around the world.

If you were giving someone who was considering an online course advice, what would it be?

Engagement is key. If one simply reads through lectures and notes, and completes their assignments, this may lead to unilateral academic work. The University of Exeter’s online course gives you a unique and rare opportunity to gain various insights from different professions and countries. This will improve not only your academic work but also your job performance and employability in general.

Would you recommend the Exeter programme and if so what aspects of the course do you find appealing?

100%. University of Exeter’s online courses are perfectly aligned with the online learning environment. The insights that you gain through the constant exchange are deep and versatile - learning results high. You will certainly profit academically and professionally.

Is there anything you’d like to add or anything you’d like to talk about that we did not touch on?

Enjoy your time studying online at the University of Exeter. Such international academic and professional insights can usually only be gained by attending conferences or similar events. You will learn at a high level at a Russell Group University - I see this as a privilege.

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