Marko Nožica: At ZSEM I mastered the tools which enabled me to create a solid base for the journey that lay ahead of me after graduation. The unparalleled curriculum and unbelievable access my collegues and I had to influential professors and business leaders, enabled us to not only understand the theoretical aspects of the courses we were taking but also get an insight into the practical application of the topics we were learning about.
Marko Nožica: Being a student was an incredible experience for me because aside from my academic responsibilities I was very active in extracurricular activities. For example, a group of us established the first Student Association from which we organized many of the clubs and events that are still relevant at ZSEM today such as Student Future Day which we organized for the first time in 2006. I also founded my company, Aretis, while at ZSEM and this year we are celebrating our 14th birthday! Therefore, my advice to students would be to use the time they have to be as active as they can be. Travel or study abroad, read, meet people, volunteer, start a company…do whatever they can to gain experience and spread their horizon of knowledge, information and network of friends and contacts. The fact is that the older you get the more risk-averse you become and have less time and energy to invest in new ideas and experiences. Therefore, if you want to become successful at anything you have to start working towards that goal as soon as possible.
Marko Nožica: I am a firm believer in the formula for success being “Preparation + Effort + Opportunity”. However, without Preparation, which in my case would be a good education and Effort, which is tied to the activities I mentioned, one cannot learn to recognize good Opportunity and be successful. This is why studying at ZSEM had such a great impact on me. I gained both the tools and experience needed to recognize the opportunities which in the end had the most impact on my life.