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Pooja comes from India. Before coming to Sweden, she completed her bachelor studies in Biotechnology and worked for a couple of years in the Internet industry. In her free time, she actively participates in events conducted by various student associations at KTH. She also enjoys immersing herself in nature and would never say no to a chocolate based dessert.

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Why did you choose this master’s programme at KTH?

I was interested in management studies but wanted to explore if there was a particular programme that could combine the knowledge that I had gained from previous studies and work experiences. The Industrial Management programme seemed tailored to the criteria I had listed. The courses cover a variety of topics, such as marketing, supply chain, finance, and project management, to name a few. While it doesn't profoundly dive into a specific branch, it is possible to accumulate knowledge using these courses as a strong foundation. The method of teaching involves a lot of group activities, individual assignments as well as covering theory. Therefore, it is equally possible to pursue a job after graduation, develop your own company and even opt for doctoral studies.

How do studies at KTH differ from your previous studies?

Studies at KTH actively involve classroom seminars, online classes, self-study and exercises. The most striking difference is the amount of group activity that is part of every course that I've taken. It can either be a project which has to be developed throughout the period or weekly case-solving sessions. During my Bachelor's, there were a lot of lectures that covered theory. Written exams tested these at the end of a semester. Now, I find myself reading research articles and textbooks and getting to perform hands-on work related to the current trends in the industry, such as electrification. The exam culture at KTH is relaxed and occurs in multiple forms, such as campus exams, home exams, project work, individual reports etc. The courses are well-paced, and sufficient time is provided for self-studies and hand-in assignments.

How is student life in Stockholm?

The student life is lively and thriving in Stockholm. There is an excellent study-life balance involved. This has enabled me to take on part-time work and also lead the advertising team for Malvina, a student association for women and non-binary students of KTH. There are plenty of activities for everyone! There are several online communities, chapters and student associations that plan social and business events for students. Some of them are free, while some might involve a small participation fee. Even if you have a stringent budget, it is possible to enjoy Stockholm. Some things to be experienced are living in a corridor accommodation, visiting the archipelago and fika with friends! It is also easy to commute to Uppsala, which is another student-friendly city. I visited Uppsala during the Valborg festival and extremely enjoyed watching the river rafting race!

What do you want to do after graduating?

I would love to make a career in Sweden. I wish to develop my skills in the field I am interested in, and consider joining trainee/graduate programmes. I would apply for full-time roles simultaneously. I also intend to develop my Swedish skills as it has proven helpful to those who wish to work here. Some practical steps I have to take during graduation are to apply for a residence permit to look for work after my studies, hunt for a job and continue networking. While I have envisioned these steps for now, I am aware of the flexible nature of a plan and the unchartered waters that I would have to navigate! Hoping for the best!

What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for master’s studies? 

You are on the right track if you're considering KTH! It is a wonderful place with several opportunities. I would advise prospective candidates to contact students who are already attending the programme of your choice. You can learn a lot from their experiences. For example, include questions regarding studies, job market, visa processes and the importance of learning Swedish. Studying at KTH will not only help your educational skills but also provide opportunities in the form of workshops, career fairs etc., for you to be job-ready.