So you’ve passed your exams, but what now? This is the million dollar question that thousands of school leavers ask themselves each year. I, too, once had to decide in which direction I wanted my life to go.
Because I’d already struggled at school with studying for subjects that I couldn’t relate to or apply in everyday life, it became clear quite quickly that I didn’t want to just study at a university; I also wanted to obtain practical work experience within a company. So, applying for a cooperative dual course was the perfect choice for me! I applied to Herth+Buss, as I knew that they offered a cooperative dual course in International Business Administration and Foreign Economics, in addition to their Business Administration courses that focussed on either Trade & Services or Information Systems.
Almost three and a half years ago, I was lucky enough to receive a place at Herth+Buss, which meant I was able to start my cooperative dual course at the BA Rhein-Main.
The Rhein-Main University of Cooperative Education
I can still picture that first day at the university very clearly. I was extremely nervous, in a way that I hadn’t been in a very long time, as I knew that I was about to start a new chapter in my life. You could clearly sense the nervousness amongst all the new students and everyone was looking around with curiosity at the university campus where we’d be spending the next three years of our lives.
My first impression of everything was a good one. The team and the university lecturers were all very friendly and welcoming, and the university building with its modern and light architecture resonated with me immediately in an extremely positive way. The classrooms are quite spacious and each one has room for about 30 students. From the start we were split up into different classes in which we would be taught over the next three years. The Rhein-Main University of Cooperative Education is just the right sort of place for people who aren’t keen on the anonymity that comes with attending a large university.
Small groups with a large community
Here you’re not just any old number amongst thousands of students. On campus, everyone knows everyone, and over the course of the three years you also build up a very good rapport with the university team and lecturers. Maintaining good relationships with one another is a number one priority at the university. We often used to meet up during break time or cook together, which helped to strengthen our sense of solidarity and enabled us to get to know our classmates better outside of lectures. And anyone that thinks that we didn’t have time for fun at the university has clearly never seen our table football, table tennis or pool tournaments! There are plenty of ways to entertain yourself during break times or even after lectures.
At the Rhein-Main University of Cooperative Education you also get the opportunity to attend education fairs. It’s not compulsory, of course, but if you’re able to motivate yourself, it’s definitely a lot of fun giving prospective students a glimpse into life at the university and sharing your experiences. There is also always the need for an extra pair of hands at the university Open Day, and being part of the university team is a great feeling. Just give it a go – it’s worth it!
Solidarity is a huge priority on the dual course
Although this may sound a bit daft to some of you, as a group we made several promises to one another at the start of our studies: that we would always help each other (because usually you always learn better collectively), that we would never leave anyone in the lurch and that we would all graduate with a Bachelor of Arts together. And thanks to the small study groups that we set up, the amazing solidarity between us and also the help we received from our lecturers, we all managed to graduate – which is just the best feeling in the world! So, if you’re feeling uncertain about whether you’d manage the course, I can tell you that you’ve got no need to worry. Just give it a go and you’ll see that I was telling the truth.
When life begins in earnest
Having painted a small picture of the fun aspects of the course, it’s only fair if I explain a bit more about the other part as well: the studying part! At the start of the course, after having just finished school and maybe having had a few months to recover from the all the exam stress, everyone probably dreads the idea of having to start again from scratch. But in reality it’s not like that at all. Of course, there will be some stressful studying phases, but actually a lot of students find it easier to understand and learn the course content than at school, as it is taught from a practical perspective by lecturers whose experience largely comes directly from the field.
If I’ve sparked your interest in applying for a cooperative dual course with Herth+Buss, then why not take a look at the careers page on our website. Of course, if you still have doubts, you can always speak to the university team beforehand to form your own impression of what the university is like. To do so just visit the university homepage or stop by in person and get a feel for the place.
If you’re interested in seeing what the practical stage of the dual course at Herth+Buss is like, click here.