Live, and let live.
Markus Slamanig studied Applied Business Administration and Business and Law at the University of Klagenfurt. For the past ten years, he has been living in Florida. In this interview he tells us about the time he spent abroad during his studies and how he was drawn back to America after graduation.
Why did you choose the University of Klagenfurt?
I love Carinthia. Besides, the University of Klagenfurt is a great institution.
One memorable experience during my time as a student was …
The uni parties, studying for finals, writing the theses – all of them were unforgettable moments between fun and work.
When I think of the University of Klagenfurt, I immediately think of …
Home, Carinthia, and the “good old times”.
Did you spend time abroad?
Yes. While studying, I was in Pensacola (Florida) in a joint study programme. After studying, I came to Miami and Fort Lauderdale (Florida) where I currently live and work.
How did those experiences shape you?
The periods abroad opened up different views of the world, a receptiveness to other cultures and ways of life, and experiences that I would not have had otherwise. Both professionally and privately, life abroad was or is different and more challenging – you have to start from scratch. Things that you take for granted are not in fact self-evident.
Do you have any tips for todays students wishing to go abroad?
At any rate, it’s a great experience, it looks good on your CV and it may also have a serious impact on your further professional and personal career.
How did you end up in your current job/activity? How did your career develop?
I applied 😊 When I came to America some eleven years ago, I was a student at Florida International University completing my MBA. During this time, I forged contacts with a small German-American consulting firm. After my green card application was approved, I stayed with the company for a while and eventually moved to Deloitte Consulting last year.
What is it about your job that you particularly appreciate?
I love working in teams, provided everyone contributes and is motivated to work. The really good thing about my work is that it is mostly project work, where no two projects are the same; however, this does not only mean a lot of variety, but also challenges.
Did your studies prepare you for your current job?
The degree programme prepares you in the sense that you learn to organise yourself, plan things and implement them over a defined period of time. These generic skills and the willingness to acquire new knowledge are basic prerequisites for a successful career.
How do you define success?
Professional success means having a suitable job that allows a good work-life balance. Private success means family, one/two children, ideally a house, and the freedom to enjoy holidays and certain leisure activities without being restricted financially.
Do you have a (life) motto?
Live, and let live.
What advice would you give to today’s students?
Define a long-term goal. Then, keep studying hard to reach that goal.
What do you do to balance your professional life?
I like going to the beach, sports and listening to music.
A few words with Markus Slamanig
A happy moment at the University of Klagenfurt was… receiving my graduation certificate.
From my student days I still have… all my course materials relating to ABWL.
If I were to study again, I would… possibly enjoy my time at university even more.
My university experience in 4 words: organisation, planning, determination, sustainability.