Katarzyna Juraszek (22, Poland), Information and Network Economics
There is no other way than to be successful if you know what you want, work hard and have a strong personality

“My parents weren’t all that glad that I didn’t choose to study in Poland, but I was determined. I have always been a stubborn child, even when I was little.

As a big fan of mathematics, I knew I wanted to do something with numbers, but I also wanted some social aspects in my study. The combination of those two is economics. That turned out not to be my cup of tea, but the infonomics track in my bachelor was exactly what I wanted: a combination of computer science and economics. We learned in a theoretical way about software programmes and how they are used in companies.

After my bachelor I thought of doing two masters which were a kind of continuation of infonomics. I hoped to get some practical and organisational help from the study advisor about how to combine those masters but the only advice I got was ‘Don’t do it’. Quite discouraging. But l went on with it, met a lot of people who were doing the same, and I managed to finish my bachelor and two masters in four years.

These masters are rather technical, therefore everyone thinks that men are in the majority, but at Network Economics it was half men, half women. At the Infonomics track we were two women and ten men. For me this is no problem, I like working with  men. They are much more straightforward and say what they think; it takes away a lot of complexity from your life.

The last four years I also worked at Château Neercanne restaurant. As a foreign student you have to work if you want to get study finance. When I started, we had to work 32 hours a month, which was reasonable. After two years it was raised to 56 hours! It is supposed to support students, but it doesn’t because it affects the study results negatively. Luckily Château Neercanne was very cooperative and flexible when it came to my study hours. 

During my studies, it was often repeated that in companies you have business and IT-departments, and there is always a gap between these two groups. It’s really hard to find people who can communicate with both sides. And that is where I want to step in. I am thinking about becoming an independent consultant eventually. I think my fellow master’s students and I are going to be very successful. We have strong personalities, we know what we want and we are hardworking people. With this combination in one person there is no other way than to be successful.”