Finished study at EFRI and the year of completion: Management, 2019.
Current study: Master degree in Brand Management and Marketing Communication, Syddansk Universitet - University of Southern Denmark
"Don't wait for the opportunities, create them yourself."
1You have completed your undergraduate studies at EFRI - have your expectations been met?
The undergraduate study gave me a good base which in my opinion is the most important. Get an entrepreneurial perspective, define the way of thinking and most importantly encourage your mind to see a business opportunity in every idea.
2You continued your graduate studies at the University of Southern Denmark. How did you decide to take that step? What are your impressions of Denmark?
In my undergraduate studies, I took the opportunity to do one semester in Milan through the ERASMUS program. After that experience, I was sure I would like to try to enroll in graduate school abroad. Denmark attracted me because of the regulated system and the fact that it is one of the countries with the best education in the world, which is also free. The University of Southern Denmark was then an obvious choice for me because I am particularly interested in entrepreneurship and innovation.
The Danish system is a completely different story. Here your exams last 48 hours and before each lecture it is mandatory to read a minimum of two academic articles. There is no literature older than 2015 and the school is actively cooperating with companies in order to show us the theory in practice. Everything is based on understanding and practical application. Students are required to collaborate with each other and there are no lectures where there has been no discussion between the professor and the students.
At the beginning, it was all really challenging, but the most important thing is to accept the fact that everything that seems difficult is a challenge, and when you overcome the challenge, then you progress. So I reluctantly accept everything that seems difficult to me:)
3What does studying in Denmark look like at the time of the coronavirus pandemic? How do you spend your free time?
Studying is online, lectures via Zoom, which makes the situation more difficult, especially for international students who came to Denmark to create a network of acquaintances, get to know the professors and the system. Corona made it all really challenging, but thanks to other platforms (LinkedIn - very popular in Denmark), I manage to make business contacts.
I am someone who enjoys working so in the first month I managed to get a place in a startup incubator at my college. I am currently part of a team developing a business idea and in June we are participating in the Venture Capital Denmark competition to raise funds to launch the product.
I am learning Danish and doing volunteer practice. Of course plus other "student" activities haha
4Along with studying at EFRI, you worked. How has the experience of student work helped you in studying abroad?
The jobs I did helped me gain self-confidence, resourcefulness and a sense of responsibility. Especially financial responsibility. Once you start working, you realize the monetary value and how nice it is to have your own money and one particular independence. Each job brings new experience and new knowledge, and that is why I would encourage all students to start working as soon as possible, even if it was to hand out flyers for Deltio (my experience) because each job brings you extra knowledge and experience, and in the end it builds your confidence.
On the other hand, the experience in Croatia did not help me much in finding a job in Denmark. I had to accept the fact that I was a foreigner and that I would always be one step behind every Dane. So I took small steps and accepted a volunteer practice, purely to get to know the system and create a network. Step by step.
5You are attending graduate studies in brand management and marketing communications. Do you see yourself in that area of the economy over the next 10 years? What are your goals and desires?
I see it as a great tool. My wish is to open my own company / startup and learn every day from "my mistakes". Through my undergraduate studies, I gained a basic knowledge of management. I will gain marketing knowledge at the graduate level. In the startup incubator, we learn and apply the basics of entrepreneurship. My every step is aimed at the goal of "wasting" my time and energy to build my dreams.
6What is your advice as a member of the ALUMNI EFRI community to future generations?
It's all in your hands. Don't wait for the opportunities, create them yourselves. Surround yourself with people who inspire you!
Don’t just chase grades, work alongside college, so you’ll understand what your passion is sooner. Appreciate strict professors, they just want to help you be better. Happiness accompanies the brave, so be brave!