Before coming to St. Gallen I didn’t speak any German (or Swiss-German!). Speaking German is not a prerequisite to get admitted to MBA-HSG. Now, I realise that it is more than imperative to know the languange if you want to get a job in the German-speaking part of Europe. We get a lot of e-mails every day about internships and future employers and many of them ask for German knowledge.
I have two German classes per week, but I must admit that German was not my first priority so far. However, I had a discussion today with one of my German classmates and he actually changed my way of thinking. You see, I had this idea that I won’t reach an adequate level of speaking German in just one year, and therefore I shouldn’t mind that much. This is actually a faulty perception!!! Andre, my classmate, told me that employers already know that I don’t speak German but they will truly appreciate my effort. A good way is by learning 2-3 sentences per day and using them in my every-day life. Till now, I have taken advantage of the fact that the majority in Switzerland speaks English.
Key Point: Don’t get disappointed and try harder!