Living and working for three months in Moscow was definitely one of the most invaluable experiences which ISM student Maximilian Conrad gained during his degree course. "Russia is an interesting market due to its resources," explains the 25-year-old. A work placement at CONSORT Group, a recruitment and HR consultancy, provided Maximilian with the freedom and opportunity to become familiar with all the ins and outs of Russian working life.

"One of my main tasks was analysing the market and searching for candidates who would meet customer requirements and expectations," explains Maximilian, who studies M.A. International Management. "Furthermore, I prepared interviews in German and English, checked motivation levels and salary expectations and interviewed potential candidates."

During his time in Moscow, he lived with a Russian family and learnt a lot about life in the capital and local culture. "What impressed me most was the typical Russian soul - helpful and emotional. Anyone wanting to experience this really needs to get out of the capital and into the surrounding small towns and villages."