Marvin Toulon (MSc International Management, 2019) lives in Berlin. He studied International Relations in his native Germany at undergraduate level, completing two consultancy internships before attending King’s for his master’s.
Marvin’s first degree cemented his burgeoning interest in the world of business. After two consultancy placements, he knew that he wanted to pursue a career in industry but realised that he needed to build a base in terms of business and management theory. He then began to research postgraduate study programmes in International Management that had a focus on diverse and flexible course structures. ‘King’s was exactly the right decision for me, academically, professionally and personally,’ he says.
I read about the Alumni Ambassador programme on the King’s alumni website and I immediately thought this would be something I’d love to do.
After graduating, Marvin joined undconsorten, an award-winning boutique consultancy firm for organisation and leadership, and the number-one company in its field in Germany, as a Management Consultant.
There are currently 3,850 King’s alumni in Germany, making it one of our largest international communities. During his studies, Marvin met King’s alumni on a study trip to Berlin and enjoyed hearing about their experiences of King’s, and of what has changed and remained the same since their graduation. Now an alumnus himself, Marvin devotes part of his time to working as a King’s Alumni Ambassador.
Recent graduates like Marvin who are based internationally support the Alumni Ambassador programme by sharing their university experience at student recruitment events and acting as a point of contact for prospective students and offer-holders in their area.
Marvin says: ‘I read about the Alumni Ambassador programme on the King’s alumni website and I immediately thought this would be something I’d love to do: networking with people from all over the world, representing King’s and supporting the university in finding bright minds to attend this institution.’
‘So far the experience has been great,’ Marvin says. He has attended a number of webinars to talk about his time at King’s and answer questions from offer-holders and has held conversations with potential students through LinkedIn. ‘Everyone really appreciates the time I spend with them and it is equally fun for me,’ he says.
He has remained an active member of the alumni community during the coronavirus pandemic, attending a number of virtual events. The global crisis has meant institutions have been forced into changing their ways of working and finding new ways of engaging with their audiences. Marvin believes we can learn a lot from this transition: ‘It is helpful to have virtual events like webinars, especially for alumni abroad. But to keep the alumni community alive, physical meetings are a must!’