Markéta Magyarová erhält als erste Studentin das In Praxi – Women in Business-Stipendium. Wie wichtig das Stipendium für ausländische Studierende verdeutlicht das Interview mit Markéta.
Marketa, where are you from and what is your background?
I grew up in the Czech Republic where I studied economics at the Charles University in Prague. Last year I moved to the Netherlands where I received my master degree in finance and I will be joining WHU in the Master in Management program this autumn.
What are the reasons to study in Germany and at WHU?
I believe that my finance degree combined with a management degree from WHU would give me an advantage when applying for highly competitive graduate programs. Additionally, I applied to WHU because in the long term I would like to stay and work in Germany and I want to start improving my German language skills and getting acquainted with the way of life in Germany in general.
What does this scholarship mean to you?
To me, this scholarship is a way of pursuing my dreams, because without it, I might not be able to go to WHU at all! Apart from this personal element, I really think that supporting young women to be more active in their academic and professional lives really is a worthy and urgent cause. According to a recent McKinsey report “Women Matter”, women are still significantly underrepresented at top-level executive positions worldwide. In Germany, for example, only one of five board directors is a woman and the percentage of women in executive committees is even lower. Yet, large amount of research suggests that companies with women in executive positions tend to do better operationally as well as financially. It turns out that women are often afraid of being perceived as unfriendly or bossy and therefore do not pursue further career opportunities even though they are the best candidate for the job! I believe that this is exactly where the In Praxi Women in Business scholarship may help the most – by encouraging young women to take on their studies at WHU regardless of their financial situation and, later in their careers, take on similar challenges in their professional lives.
What are your future plans?
I would like to stay in Germany and start my career either in management consulting or in a graduate program in the industry. But whatever my path will be, you can always bet on me to aim high!
I would like to thank the In Praxi alumni association for giving me the chance to study at WHU. I hope that I will get a chance to give back in later stages of my career by supporting other young female students financially as well as morally.