Students’ stories: "Conversations are the most valuable thing in Master's studies"

​Réka Baráth from Hungary started to study the Master's Programme in Service Innovation and Design taught in English at Laurea in the autumn of 2015. She had originally studied interior design; first in Hungary, and later completed a Master's programme in Spain.

- In 2010 I went to Spain and that's in fact where I first found out about service design – or we talked about strategic design in those days – and became interested in it, Réka Baráth says.
- After I had returned to Hungary, I started to study service design more; I read literature, took part in conferences and worked as a volunteer at Service Design Network conference 2013 in Cardiff.

Soon she and her parents were setting up a design agency of their own in order to make service design better known in Hungary. In 2014 Réka returned to Spain again, where she worked as a service designer for an American real estate investment company for two years. In this position, she was able to carry out internal service design projects, for example, in developing communications and user-friendly data systems.

Studying alongside work

In 2014 Baráth applied to Laurea to study a Master's programme in service design for the first time, and was accepted on the second attempt in 2015.

- In fact, I didn't even consider other universities of applied sciences. What was important to me was that here it was possible to complete the degree while working and also the recommendation of other students, she says.
- At the moment I work in Madrid at a consulting agency that specialises in customer experience, and study at the same time.

Master's programmes have on average three days of face-to-face instruction a month, so Réka visited Finland monthly in the autumn. Her workplace understands the value of studying and has supported her in combining study and work.

Service design combines business and design

As is often the case with Master's studies, Réka Baráth's study group also brings together expertise from many different fields. Many students have a background especially in trade or technology.

- My background is in design and I have had to learn the point of view and 'language' of business management, Baráth contemplates.
- That's why I like Laurea's SID programme. It combines design and the different points of view in business management in a good way.

The conversations people have both in the classroom and, for example, at dinners together are the most important thing in studying a Master's programme in Baráth's opinion:

- Conversations with fellow students are extremely inspiring. We can learn ever so much from each other and from the different experiences we've had, she says.
- On the other hand, I have also noticed how important it is to read a lot. And Master's studies are not only about reading; you must also know how to reflect what you have read to your professional experience.


Application period for Degree programmes taught in English from january 8th until January 27th. Learn more about the Master's programmes in English here.

Modified 1/19/2016 12:55 PM

​Réka Baráth.