Alexander Zettl

Programme: MSc Management

Nationality: German

Undergraduate education: B.A. International Business, Munich Business School

Job after Imperial College Business School: Management, Zettl GmbH

MSc Management 2019

About you 

What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?

Before beginning at Imperial College Business School, I gained professional experience in various industries, like in automotive Completely Knocked Down (CKD) business management at AUDI AG (AUDI China division), additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping with a focus on industrial 3D printing with powder-binder-jetting of plastic and sand at Voxeljet AG (NYSE: VJET) as well as artificial intelligence, marketing automation and machine learning Software as a Service (SaaS) as sales consultant.

Why did you decide to study an MSc Management at Imperial College Business School?

The MSc Management programme at Imperial College Business School is a highly structured and practical programme which was very important for me. The pathways and summer electives including a Global Immersion to Hong Kong and an immersive business simulation perfectly bridged theory and practice, to come up with hands-on solutions to real-world problems. Furthermore, The Business School’s reputation and network are crucial for my future career aspirations.


What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy the most?

I really enjoyed the electives such as the Global Immersion to Hong Kong and the business simulation. The trip provided me with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience on the social and cultural dynamics, across a range of industry sectors of one of the most competitive economies in the world.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

My favourite module has been Business Simulation. It was a great chance to apply and test the knowledge and skills I have acquired during the programme.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?

The most rewarding part has been winning Imperial College Business School's "Best pitch of the day £500 award" in entrepreneurship with our foldable, smart cycling helmet VFOLD!

What has been the most challenging part of the programme? 

The most challenging part of the programme has been the workload in combination with deadlines, especially in the spring term. However, having good time management skills allows for a good work-life balance.

How was the international trip to Lisbon?

The international trip to Lisbon was filled with various company visits, presentations and panel discussions, which allowed me to learn about the socio-economic and business environment of Lisbon. During the trip we were able to gain real life exposure to a variety of international sectors and functions of Portugal, which I found interesting.


Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

James Eteen is my favourite professor due to his passionate and hands-on approach. He is extremely enthusiastic and very passionate, both about the module and working with students. James has a proactive approach when conversing with different groups of students – discussing his critical questions not only to make you think, but also to lead you to highly sophisticated solutions. James really encouraged us to engage and participate, which made classes a lot more interesting.


Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?

The Financial Modelling Workshop of Imperial College Business School Finance Club was definitely very useful and enjoyable.

What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?

As a Student Ambassador I helped the Business School in actively getting involved in top admitted student communication. I am also the Director of Marketing at the Imperial College Business School North America Business Club.

London Location

Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?

I live near Little Venice in Paddington and would definitely recommend the area! The best part about living there is I can walk to the Business School through Hyde Park every morning, which is beautiful.


What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?

I would tell them to keep a clear perspective about where they would like the programme to take them – it’s the key to success.

Programme: MSc Management

Nationality: German

Undergraduate education: B.A. International Business, Munich Business School

Job after Imperial College Business School: Management, Zettl GmbH