Marko Ivanovic

Nationality: Serbian
City, Country: London, UK
Study Program/Degree: MSc. Global Innovation Management
Year of Graduation: 2010
Employer & Position: SC Johnson, Senior Business Process Analyst

10 questions…

1. Why did you choose this study program at TUHH and do think that was a good decision?
Studying at TUHH was definitely a good decision. I had the opportunity to choose whether to attend my master studies at the university in Denmark or in Germany. I have decided to attend TUHH study program as I believed it will give me the opportunity to truly meet and learn about German culture and have the opportunity to learn the language. Moreover, knowing that TUHH is a “young” university, I expected that it will excel all the other universities from the region.

2. What was your first impression of TUHH?
The university campus is very modern place with a lot of open spaces and well organized. I liked the infrastructure, but also the way classes were organized and topics we covered.

3. What are you doing now and did your studies at TUHH help?
I joint TUHH having a strong IT background, with a mission to gain some theoretical and practical experience in management and business topics. TUHH helped me to learn a lot about the business and management which I apply now on daily bases at my work. My current responsibilities are facilitation of process improvement initiatives within my company and managing IT projects.

4. How would you recapitulate your time at TUHH?
Although quite distanced from the Hamburg city itself, Harburg was a nice and quiet place to live, learn about German culture and enjoy the student time at the university.

5. What was your favorite dish in the canteen?
I was eating at home, very rarely in the canteen, sorry! ☹

6. Where in Harburg did you spend your spare time?
We had a lot of fun in our student dormitory where we organized a lot of unforgettable parties.

7. Where do you live now, what do you like there and what is the biggest difference to Hamburg?
I live now in London, UK. What amazes me here is the possibility to meet so many people with different cultural backgrounds and experiences. What I miss from Hamburg is the structured and neat German lifestyle.

8. What are your personal tips for a good career entry in your industry?
Be open-minded, be bold and courageous – it is all in the attitude and personality. Companies will hire you despite the lack of your experience, and will decide to give up on you if they don’t like you. In addition to previous, prior to your graduation, make sure you participate in as many practical projects as possible, acquire as many skills as possible, and experience as many things as possible. Finally, don’t be afraid to seek advice, not from your same age friends, but from a bit older fellows.

9. How does a typical day of work looks like and which expertise do you need for this?
There is no such thing as a typical day in the modern business world. I talk to so many people around the globe, travel a lot and organize a lot of workshops. Afterwards, I follow up on those, manage projects and implementations… It is an endless fun, if you enjoy this kind of ride.

10. If you were president of TUHH…
First of all, I would be so proud of my achievements. Second of all I would make sure I touch-base with the current students, engage in the open conversation and listen to what they think can be improved in order to keep the TUHH competitive among other universities.