Experience report of Peer Nissen, dual student for Bachelor in Business IT

Please tell us a little about yourself.

Hi! My name is Peer Nissen, I’m 22 years old, and have been “on board” at Hamburg Süd as a dual student of business IT since August 2016.

Why did you opt for the dual course of study at Hamburg Süd?

During my time at school, I completed an internship in the IT department at Hamburg Süd because this field had always interested me. Afterwards, I was dead sure I wanted to do a dual course so as to be able to gather practical experience as well. In the end, I opted for the dual study scheme at Hamburg Süd.

What do you especially like? What perhaps also surprised you?

What I like especially is the wide-ranging insight into Hamburg Süd’s IT. From repairing computers to project management, I’ve had the opportunity to work in various departments and groups. What also particularly appeals to me is the international environment, where I’m often involved with colleagues from other countries. I’d also highlight the flexibility of my training. What came as a surprise to me is the enormous potential there is in IT solutions for the shipping sector. As a business IT specialist, you’re very nicely positioned here.

What have you learned in the last year? Give us a few examples.

In my latest lengthier practical assignment I was in IT project management and worked closely with various project managers. I learned a whole lot of practical fundamentals and what matters in successful projects.

Was there a personal milestone, a moment when you surpassed yourself?

While my responsible project manager was absent one time, I was able to cover for him in many matters and make sure things went on working to plan. I couldn’t, of course, take over all the tasks, but I noticed I had learned a whole lot in the preceding months.

Have you got any tips for interested students who might still be uncertain?

If you’re still unsure, it’s always worth doing an internship. Also, it helped me a lot to speak to other dual students beforehand to get more detailed information on the course. On top of that, you should find out as much as you can about the companies you’re applying to and decide for yourself whether you can imagine working in that environment.