Meet: Shideh – MLB student from Iran

Each year people from all over the world come to study the Bucerius Master of Law and Business. In the Meet interviews they tell their stories.

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Where did you work before coming to Bucerius Law School?

I started my professional journey at an esteemed international law firm for a year and half in Tehran, Iran, where my focus was on Intellectual Property. Driven by a desire to broaden my expertise and delve into corporate affairs, particularly contract-related work, I transitioned to a Legal specialist role within the retail sector and telecommunications industry for more than 5 years honing my skills and contributing significantly to diverse corporate matters.

Why did you decide to study in Germany?

Generally speaking, living and studying in a country that is one of the most advanced and civilized countries in the world, even during the course of my studies, was an important next step for my growth as a legal expert. Furthermore, I believe Germany is very rich in terms of legal studies.

Moreover, Germany is home to headquarters of many international organizations, and studying in this country gives me a unique opportunity to get exposure to their organizational procedures and culture since my studies at Bucerius include internships.

Moreover, gender equality is another positive aspect that encourages me to study in Germany. Meanwhile, living in Germany is relatively affordable compared to other European countries. In addition, the country offers a wide range of programs in English while providing opportunity to learn German.

What makes the MLB program special in your opinion?

MLB program is meticulously designed to cater to individuals with a keen interest in acquiring business knowledge. It is also ideal for seasoned professionals who have accumulated substantial experience in the field and are seeking to validate and enhance their skills through academic studies in the same domain.

What are the biggest differences between Iran and Germany?

Iran and Germany differ significantly in terms of access to international markets and labor opportunities. Germany, as a member of the European Union (EU) and a global economic powerhouse, enjoys extensive access to international markets. Its strong economy, advanced technology, and well-established industries provide abundant labor opportunities.

On the other hand, Iran faces limitations due to international sanctions, impacting its access to global markets. Despite possessing a sizable and diverse labor force, the Iranian economy has faced challenges in attracting foreign investment and fostering international trade. Germany's integration into the global economy and its position within the EU contribute to a more open and diverse market, while Iran's economic prospects are influenced by geopolitical factors and international relations.



What’s an experience in Hamburg, that is completely new to you?

Despite the dissatisfaction of local residents with the transportation and traffic conditions in this area, I personally find commuting within the city quite convenient and efficient. Apart from occasional delays, the rail system in Germany has notably contributed to the ease and swiftness of my daily travels.

These were not the same at all in Tehran, for certain individuals, the daily commute to their workplace in Tehran can be a considerable time, taking approximately 4 to 5 hours.

You worked as a legal Specialist. What are your future career plans?

I have a strong inclination to continue working in areas that align with my previous expertise, particularly in contracts within legal or contract departments of corporations. However, I am also open to exploring new skills and diverse opportunities.

Recognizing the considerable time investment required to qualify as a lawyer in Germany, attain proficiency in German comparable to native speakers, and compete with local legal professionals, I am contemplating the prospect of focusing on fields where my existing knowledge and experience, such as contract management or business development, can be effectively applied. This strategic approach allows me to leverage my strengths while adapting to the demands of the professional landscape.



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Which role will German law play in the future for you?

Given my intention to reside in Germany for an extended period, I recognize the necessity of familiarizing myself with the pertinent laws and regulations relevant to my professional pursuits.

This entails a comprehensive understanding of commercial law and its associated legal frameworks, alongside a broader knowledge of the general laws governing life in Germany. Adhering to and understanding these regulations is paramount not only for professional success but also for seamless integration into the local community and adherence to legal obligations.

How do you like living in Hamburg?

I am particularly fond of the verdant cityscape of Hamburg, choosing to reside in proximity to the picturesque Elbe River. Living near water has always been a dream of mine, and Hamburg provides the perfect setting to fulfill that aspiration.

Beyond its scenic beauty, Hamburg stands out as an international and culturally diverse city. A notable aspect is the substantial Iranian community, along with Afghans who share the Persian language, fostering a sense of familiarity and community. Despite its international character, Hamburg is not excessively populated, contributing to its appeal as a comfortable and welcoming place.

Shideh, thanks for the interview!



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