He signed up for a Master's degree course at the Copenhagen Business School specialising in accounting, and gained practical experience as a working student and during practical work at a company.He decided also to write his Master thesis at a company.These particularly successful companies are often still unknown despite their success.
While completing a practical at Bayer in China during his Master's course, he learned of an interesting company project that would make an excellent topic for the Master thesis.
"It involves the further development of company technology to convert CO2 into plastic," the 26-year-old explains.
Luckily, this was not a problem for his professors in Copenhagen; in Germany, the deadlines are a lot stricter though.
Structuring the topic well and starting to write early on is essential to meeting deadlines.
Even those who make very high demands of themselves should remember that they do not need to re-invent the wheel.
A whole semester is scheduled for the Master thesis.
"I spent a solid three months in the library when I wrote my Bachelor thesis, and I definitely didn't want to repeat this experience," Ralf Knudsen explains.
The 27-year-old resolved to go abroad after completing his Bachelor's degree in business administration at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.
For Knudsen, an important advantage of completing the Master thesis phase at a company was that "later on, there is rarely the opportunity to consider a problem affecting everyday work from a theoretical perspective".
He decided on the precious metals and technology company Heraeus that he came upon in a list of so-called "Hidden Champions".