In October 2015, Tobias Schüttler spent three weeks interning in the marketing department of the tech company Microlease, a provider of electronic test equipment. We were curious to find out if his time with the Internship Programme has affected him in any way. What has the experience taught him? How has it influenced his choices? We caught up with the ambitious 23-year-old to see where his passion for technology and economics has lead him.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.
I grew up in a little town in Germany near Heidelberg called Wiesloch. I went to primary and middle school of economics, allowing me to take economics classes during middle school. After I finished middle school I did an apprenticeship as an industrial business management assistant.
What has changed since we last saw you?
I finished my apprenticeship in July 2016 and quit working for the company I was with. I had a motorcycle accident when I was seventeen years old and needed to focus on my physiotherapy. During my time off I have studied over the Internet. Since then I have started an apprenticeship to become an financial advisor.
How do you think the Internship Programme has affected you, long-term?
It expanded my horizons on the possibility of making a living online, especially in the marketing department. My knowledge of marketing gave me hope of owning my own company in the future. It would allow me to set my own schedule and have flexible working hours.
You did marketing for Microlease when you were here. Did the company inspire any particular new thoughts?
Microlease leases test equipment to many companies all over the world. Their knowledge of online marketing rubbed off on me. Since the internship, I have tried to support myself through the Internet. I have founded two small online marketing companies.
Is there a memory from your time in London that has stayed with you?
Yes! I speak to colleagues about the eye opening experience I had quite often actually. I learned many new things about myself and it helped my personal development.
What are your plans for the future?
My generation in Germany has a big problem with old-age pension, compared to our parents. Just 20 percent of all Germans invest their money. Everyone else put their money in local banks with an ROI under the inflation rate.
Since I have finished my apprenticeship I have been doing training courses about investment and insurances. As of May 2017 I will be going into the business myself. With the online marketing skills that I have learned in the UK, I think I will be able to reach a large number of people as a financial advisor.
What would your advice be to other students who are yet to embark on this journey?
Enjoy your time and practice your English as much as possible. Don’t be afraid to talk to people in English, it will be worth it in the long run.
Tobias visited London with our Internship Programme, a project eligible for EU funding. We also arrange projects in Dublin. Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about what we do and how to get funding. Call a Country Manager today on +44 2084249424 or send us a message.