The programme gives us so many opportunities in the fierce competitiveness of today's labour
Grigorios comes from Greece. His home university is National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). He likes travelling all around the world! He is also multilingual, speaking Greek, English, French and Swedish.
Why did you choose this master's programme at KTH?
Being an outstanding communications manager has been my goal since I graduated from the department of English Language and Linguistics in Athens. Not to mention the fact that KTH is a reputable institute in Scandinavia and especially in Sweden, where mobile communication was born.
What are the best aspects of your programme?
Media Management includes a broad field of studies such as media production, industrial management and managing digital transformation. In these days age, interdisciplinary education seems more essential than ever before since people started acquiring skills in different fields of knowledge. But, I have to admit, the fact that my programme is in cooperation with SSE Stockholm School of Economics makes it so exceptional that gives us so many opportunities in the fierce competitiveness of today's labour.
Have you chosen a specialisation track within the programme? If Yes, which track and why?
I didn't choose any track, but I am focusing on sustainability and business administration on the grounds that companies need to care even more about sustainable development. In fact, I am acquiring experience on the methods that companies should alter their strategic thinking in creating more viable solutions for the society, economy and environment.
What are your favourite courses thus far?
My favourite courses so far are with no doubt Execution-Running your Own Company and Managing Digital Transformation, both course and project module. To be honest, I did not have a specific background in business administration, but taking into account the guidelines from my professors (Erik Skog and Christopher Rosenqvist) that appeared to be extremely useful I manage to succeed.
How do studies at KTH differ from your previous studies?
The courses at KTH are far more professional than my previous studies since students are treated as "employees" of a huge company like Spotify or IBM. In addition, we have more project work, a fact that enhances the group dynamics and collaboration between classmates. It also enforces the team spirit, something that is compulsory in order to work in Sweden.
How is student life in Stockholm?
Stockholm is not only the capital of Sweden but also the capital of Scandinavia, a fact that makes the city a metropolis among the Nordic countries. Not to mention the fact that the city is extremely interesting since each island it is composed of (Södermalm, Kungsholmen) has its own "face", characteristics and architecture. Even though someone is not so fluent in the Swedish language, the capital of Scandinavia does not "exclude" a person who desires to live here since the locals have an advanced level of English. Furthermore, majority of the students take advantage of the quality of life in the capital and enjoy both the city and nature that are inseparably linked. To add more, job and internship opportunities are more than what a newbie could have expected. Most of the international companies have their branches or even their headquarters here, such as Scania, Spotify, and Ericsson. That makes Stockholm a magnet for international students.
How would you describe your time at KTH so far?
To make myself even clearer, I definitely believe that my time at KTH is something so precious due to the experiences I have had. The fact that you can relax and study at the library at the same time is something unbelievable! I have never felt so productive in my whole life. That "sustainable" and "appealing" environment there is indescribable. I definitely recommend everyone to study there. Apart from that, the fact that many companies visit KTH every year and especially during the Armada Fair (that is going to be held digitally this year) increases your opportunity to employment. This year I am a team leader in Armada and Head of PR in Osqledaren. It depends on yourself how you "deploy" your time here!
What do you want to do after graduating?
I have a strong desire to be a communications manager in an international company after graduating from the Royal Institute of Technology. But, I have to admit, a career in the media would attract me a lot due to the fact that I had an experience of radio presentation in France, that is something special I will never forget.
What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for their master's studies?
I would advise them to follow their dreams and choose what they want to be and never be let down by certain circumstances. A master's degree at KTH is the beginning of an exciting journey that could lead them to the top since KTH holds major rankings in QS world university rankings.