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27.6.2019 16:14
Several months ago, I wrote about my motivation to participate in the Mentorship Programme supported by Hanken. Although the programme is now finished I wish to share with you my own path as a mentee.


At the kick-off event, we received materials that should help to plan the meetings in a more structured way. They included several topics for discussion that served as a kind of a guide to set up more feasible questions and clear objectives. Although I consider them to be valuable as a starting point, with my assigned mentor we decided to primary follow my ‘urgent’ inquires checking the given list now and then. I definitely needed a fresh perspective on how to improve my profile and feel more confident during the job search process.


Together with my mentor, we had informal meetings averagely once per month over the academic year in some cozy places in the city center. We were grabbing a cup of coffee and talking about things that we considered to be crucial for improving my professional portfolio and own confidence. However, this flexibility was always in line with the overall pre-defined structure that we followed quite strictly. 

15.6.2019 14:51

Hi all, This will be my last blog entry. After almost two years at Hanken it is finally time to say goodbye, I am going to graduate. I submitted my master’s thesis at the beginning of May. This also means my time as a student ambassador comes to an end. During my time as a student and student ambassador, I had the chance to meet new people from all over the worlds and become friends with them. Furthermore, I extended my knowledge in Finance and deepened my already existing economic expertise. The studies were not always easy but overall very interesting, fun and rewarding. If I had to choose I would do it all over again. For my future, I am going to stay in Helsinki, and I will start working in September and until then I will enjoy my long summer holiday. Thus, this blog entry will be kept very short because I am enjoying the good weather and the sun. I wish you all a nice summer and only the best for the future that is about to come. Marcel

27.5.2019 14:10
ABC course goes New York!


Hello there Hanketeers et. friends,


You might remember having read about Academic Business Consulting last year in Marco Eckhardt’s blog “ The Layover",  well, we are #backinblack, to tell you a bit about this year’s ABC adventures. As you might remember, ABC is both, a course in Hanken and a student-run consultancy company that sells consulting services to real customers. The best type of course for those who enjoy learning while doing, I became this year’s CEO and the amount of learnings from a business and people management perspective is unimaginable.  


This year was full of very exciting projects, customers and host companies. The background of our consultants varied from entrepreneurship, finance, economics, and legal and the projects ranged from our regular market research, academic research for white papers to developing the internal operations of ABC. So if you’re interested in participating do not be discouraged by your background, in fact many of our consultants have their own companies so their expertise while executing their projects was very valuable. We had a total of 24 consultants engaged in 7 different projects and we landed the biggest ABC project ever!




20.5.2019 05:53

Hello, it's Maggie, back with my second post for the semester. As I took my exam last Tuesday in the lecture hall, I was reflecting upon the beginning of the year when I was sitting in the same room during orientation. They overloaded us on information about the year, and I got a bit nervous. I had no idea what was in store for me here at Hanken, and what a year it has been! So here's a little bit of advice to myself last year at this time as I reflect and look forward to the summer and the second year of my master's program.

Say yes to everything! You never know where opportunities will lead you, and there are plenty at Hanken. A networking dinner in September eventually led to getting a job in April in a roundabout way. There have been so many opportunities to meet people and learn about different fields over this year. Of course it is impossible to take all opportunities, but certainly do not let them all pass you by.

…Except for when you need to say no. Sometimes I have a tendency to say yes too often until I have taken on too much. This happened to me period 3 trying to juggle too many classes because I refused to let any of them go. While it all turned out fine in the end, I'd certainly recommend learning your limits and forcing yourself to stick to them. Evaluate what you want most out of your Hanken experience and focus on that. 

Try something new. One of the best things I have done this year was to join a friend in her finance class. It was a class called Fintech and Blockchain. Even though I avoided the classes about money in economics, in this class I was learning about cryptocurrencies and the possibilities of Blockchain. The class was difficult, but it was so beyond my previous knowledge that it is certainly the class I learned the most from. Try something new, that is what your elective credits are for.

Get involved. Since I have not worked for this whole year, it was important for me to have something outside of classes going on in my life. While I have pursued some of my own hobbies, I also really enjoyed getting involved in the student union. I joined the Masters' Committee in December. Masters' Committee puts on events to support masters students, whether it be social events, work and networking events, or excursions outside of Helsinki. This spring I had the chance to be involved in planning a Game of Thrones themed sitz. Despite the way the show has turned out, I personally believe that our sitz was a big hit. A whole team of us came together to really bring the theme to life, and we had a lot of fun doing it. Two weeks ago I was selected as president from now through December, and I am very excited for the opportunity to be involved in welcoming new masters students to Hanken in the fall.

30.4.2019 09:24


I was thinking of what to share with you and in the process, I thought I would just share with you my experience and the impact moving here has had on my life, both personally and business-wise. As I mentioned in a previous post, I moved to Finland in 2010. Although it does not feel that long.

When I first moved here, I had a culture shock (as Kenyans are usually extroverts), a climate shock and a food shock, among others. Despite all these, one thing I could immediately pick out was that things “actually work”. Usually when touring abroad many people only get the touristic view of the places they visit. Growing up I used to get frustrated with the deteriorating standards in our country. This was one of the motivating factors that discouraged me from attending a university back home. Looking back if I were to choose, I would make the same decisions all over again.

14.4.2019 22:03

Hi there,



As you may have seen, Helsinki is an amazing place to run -from central park to the seashores. This is the reason why today, I am going to write about one of my passions: running.


When I first came to Finland, about two years ago, I was immediately surprised by the huge number of people running around the city. Here, it is not only about running fast but also about the social and wellbeing aspects. I think that this is also what really hold my attention. To be honest, what is better than discovering hidden and beautiful places while running with friends? For me the answer is clear. Running is the perfect way to meet new people, to do sports, and to get to know Helsinki better than anyone else.


Actually, I quickly realized that Helsinki had a lot of running groups which are very closely aligned with what I was looking for. These are free, motivating, and not implying any long-term commitment. I first joined Adidas Runners Helsinki which is nowadays named Helsinki Social Runners. We meet every Thursday at 18:00 in the city center and run around 10kilometres. In addition, every now and then, events (with free food, obviously) are organized by partners such as Garmin, and Adidas. So, you don’t have any excuses, join us!


Helsinki Social Runners.jpg


If you are more a beer person, no worries! There is also Mikkeller Running club which organizes a run every first Saturday of the month. In addition to running with great people, you can also enjoy a free beer at the end of the workout! Just a runner’s dream.




3.4.2019 13:21

Hi everybody,

Today I want to give students tips about work life balance from my own experience. As an international student, apart from studying, working has also been a major part of my student life. Working while studying is not an easy combination for anyone. The workload from school particularly Hanken is demanding since most courses have a project that entails working in teams, doing extensive research and very tight deadlines. As I write my thesis now, I can reflect on some issues I learned along the way.

2.4.2019 16:47
Today, i am going to talk about student committees and student societies which you may be really interested in as potential Hanken students.
If you come from abroad (outside Finland), you may worry about making new friends! We have various nemerous committees and societies within the realm of the student Union called SHS. SHS will help you actively invloved in those. Those include case competitions and start-up evenings to sports events and themed parties (called Sitz).
Whereas SHS targets and supports all Hanken students, there are some committees which help a specific group of students. If you come to Hanken as a master student, The Masters' Committee will support you , and If you come to Hanken as an exchange student, The exchange student will help your life in Finland. Both of them are part of SHS. But, they are independly in action to provide all new Master's and exchange students with student tutors prior to arrival and organize both social and professional events to make sure you have great time (They organise and hold their own sitz for their supporting students !). The most important thing to remember is, that even though you are not an exchange student or a master student at Hanken, you are able to participate in events held by The exchange committee or The master committee. It would be the best opportunity to make various friends!
As well as them, we also have sports committee for students interested in sports!. Sports committe offers many sports activities to students, such as badminton, volleyball, baseball, cart riding, ski and so on. Furthermore, we have many students societies (Clubs) for students who want to socialise by enjoying non-sports activities. There are, for example, a coffee society and beer society.  If you click this link, you can check a variety of student societies out at Hanken!.
Last but not least, If you are interested in joining one of or some of clubs, send an email to the email in the link above or take part in a student club(society) day in the beginning of every semester!
15.3.2019 15:59
Studying economics at Hanken you have the opportunity to take courses at Aalto and University of Helsinki as well. It's an great way to sample a variety of topics within the discipline.

Hello! My name is Maggie Knorr, and I'm a first year Master's student in economics. I'm originally from the great state of Minnesota in the U.S.A. I have wanted to move back to Finland ever since I lived in Iisalmi for a year as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in 2011-2012.  In 2016, I completed my Bachelors in economics and philosophy at Hamline University, and then taught English in Malaysia and worked in Student Affairs for a year before deciding to go back to school.

I think one of the coolest things about studying economics at Hanken is their participation in Helsinki Graduate School of Economics (GSE). Through this cooperation with Helsinki University and Aalto, I am able to take courses at all three universities which offers me a wide range of economic topics to study. I also got to attend the Opening Ceremony of the GSE this October, and the Finnish Nobel Prize in Economics winner Bengt Holmström speak!

So far I've taken 3 economics classes at Hanken, 3 at Aalto, and 2 at University of Helsinki. Each school has their own strengths and group of experts, and I would definitely encourage everyone to take at least one course at each school. My favorite class at Hanken has been Behavioral Economics, which looks at the way traditional assumptions about human rationality are often inaccurate, and how we can account for that in economics. 

By far my favorite class so far from the GSE has been Development Economics. It is taught by Aalto University in collaboration with United Nations University- World Institute of Development Economics Research (WIDER). Each lecture was an expert in a different field of development economics, so we got exposure to many different topics and lecture styles all in one class. In September I also got a chance to attend their conference, held here in Helsinki, where researchers came from around the world to present.

Many of my classes have been incredibly challenging, and pushed me to learn and understand economics at a much more theoretical and mathematical level. I am thankful for the variety of courses I have been able to take here, and look forward to incorporating them into an interesting Master's Thesis topic next spring.

Thanks for reading, and please feel free to contact me at for any questions you might have about the economics program, or life here in Helsinki. 


12.3.2019 12:17

Hello everyone! Today I want to give new students some tips about Finnish medical system. No one wants to get sick, but international students need to know how to use the medical system. Finland has a very high standard of medical services, which is an important benefit for students.

International students can go to hospitals which belongs to Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS



Go to the reception and present your student ID. The registration is free. From the website ( you can find the list of services subjects to charge.



I have been to Töölö Medical Centre because of my toothache. The visiting address of Töölö Medical Centre is Töölönkatu 37 A, 00260 Helsinki. I think this is the nearest Medical Centre to our school. The dentist was very professional and patient. She told me I had got periodontal disease. (sad…) And I could have a 10 min tooth cleaning for free. (became happy…) Then the dentist filled my tooth. Töölö Medical Centre has advanced medical equipment. To be honest, the treatment process was a little bit uncomfortable. But the treatment was very successful. Finally, the dentist gave me some tips about dental care. Thanks for her advices, I have no toothache anymore!