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Pathways in Physics: Dr. Alexander Goschew - Physicist in a Management Consultancy

Jan 27, 2021 | 06:00 PM
Dr. Alexander Goschew

Dr. Alexander Goschew

Alexander Goschew studied, graduated and worked at our department. After working as a postdoc in Fumagalli's research group, he took a leap into a management consultancy and started advising financial institutions on digital transformation. Alexander Goschew will talk about his start in the consulting business and about his pathway as a physicist.

Meet Dr. Alexander Goschew

Before my studies, I had to choose between Mathematics, History and Physics. Eventually, I chose Physics, because it struck me as being closer to “the real world” than mathematics and more secure from a job-perspective point of view. Until today, history remains a big hobby of mine and Physics has taught me to always strive to get to the bottom of everything.

The first semesters were quite challenging. There was so much new to learn and uncover while being very demanding at the same time. I wouldn’t have dared to dream of doing a PhD one day – however, when the opportunity presented itself many uncounted problem sheets, tests and a lot of brainpower (and desperation) later, I didn’t have to think twice.

During my PhD, I experimentally studied the behaviour of thin magnetic semiconductors – a branch of spintronics in Physics. After a few years as postdoc, I took a step outside academia and became a strategy consultant in early 2019 – something that had been on my mind for some time already.

This is because general qualities of physicists like logical thinking, very good mathematical and analytical skills, curiosity, a high frustration tolerance are just some of the qualities you will find in many job profiles and offer physicists wide-spread career chances.   

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  • 1988 - born in East Berlin
  • 2004 - 2005  one school year abroad in New Zealand
  • 2007 - 2013 bachelor and master studies at FU Berlin
  • 2013 - 2017 PhD in experimental physics
  • 2017 - 2019 postdoc at the Department of Physics
  • 2019 - 2020 Strategy Consultant at Horn & Company in Financial Service

My advice to all future physicists

Always follow your interests, ideas and passions – everything else will fall into place.

Time & Location

Jan 27, 2021 | 06:00 PM

online via Webex

Further Information

Event Language: German

About "Pathways in Physics"

In the online talk series for students of physics, different speakers will talk about their own pathway in physics: why they became physicists, how they recognized what their interests in physics were and how they went about getting positions in research and industry. We invite speakers from the Department of Physics, different research institutions as well as from various industries.