I owe my entry into a technical profession to a coincidence. At school I was mainly interested in German and politics and was always averse to subjects such as mathematics and physics. After secondary school I originally wanted to study journalism. By chance I came across the 'Audiovisual Media' study course and decided to go for that. In addition to lectures on film and photography, the basic studies also included many technical subjects such as physics, mathematics and, last but not least, programming. I was suddenly involved in website development, computer game programming and interactive media. What were once my most dreaded subjects were soon to completely fascinate me and fuel my motivation.
I was fortunate in having very good lecturers. For the first time I was able to do something with the subjects mathematics and physics. The programming lectures in particular I really enjoyed, even though it was very difficult at the beginning. I remember sitting for hours, even days, on my first 'Hello World' programming attempts. But the motivation was there, and at some point the penny dropped and I suddenly understood a lot of things that I had found difficult to grasp at school.
After my bachelor's degree, I knew that I wanted to continue specialising in programming for my master's degree, so I decided to study Applied Computer Science. Here, too, the beginning was very challenging, because I was missing some basics that would have been covered if I had done a bachelor's course in computer science. So I had a lot of things to catch up on, but I did it, and I was able to complete my master's course successfully. I have been working in technical positions for several years now, and I couldn't be happier with my career.