- Age: 30
- Year of Graduation: 2013
- Nationality: German
- Previous Qualifications: Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
German mechanical engineer and technology entrepreneur Metin Zerman joined the full-time MBA at Bradford in September 2012 to bring his online library to market.
Metin, 30, was born to Turkish parents who moved to a rural area of southern Germany. He grew up in Germany and gained a diploma in Mechanical Engineering, at the University of Applied Sciences, Weingarten in 2007.
From a young age, Metin was sure he needed business-related knowledge but he resigned himself to getting work experience first and going for an MBA later. Prior to the MBA, Metin worked with ZF Friedrichshafen AG, an automotive supplier. He worked with vehicle manufacturers to build prototypes and then helped them with production.
When it came time to apply for the MBA, Metin explored German, Swiss and French schools but eventually decided that he wanted to live in an English speaking country. He also has a few friends studying for their Phd at Bradford and they highly recommended the school. Luckily for him his employers allowed him to take a year off for his studies.
Metin has also been involved in entrepreneurial projects in his free time and last year launched a mobile application on the Itunes store. After the MBA, Metin’s dream is to found a web company. He said, “It was my business idea that led me to go for the MBA. I’ll be doing my business plan as my dissertation and also use the opportunity to search for investors."
The business idea is an online book library that can be accessed on demand, similar to streaming music and videos. Metin believes this is an easier way to read books, manage the quantity of books that a person collects, and to overcome the problem of being unable to sell e-books.
Being a student makes Metin even more convinced about his idea. “Now that I spend a lot of time studying for the MBA, there are lots of books on my table and I when I go to a lecture I have to carry them; and they are all so thick and heavy”, said Metin.
For now, he’s working on market research and loving his days at Bradford. A typical one starts by the coffee machine at the MBA common room. Metin, who is also the student representative, talks to staff and students and checks his emails before heading off to lectures. Evening times are reserved for dinners at the local pub and then working on case studies for classes on the following day. When the MBAs aren’t eating together, they are out playing tennis or golf or exploring the neighbouring cities.