‘Gaining a higher view on the project gave me an appetite for a more consultative role.’
Fabian Laasch joined Zühlke Germany as a senior Systems Engineer in 2013, based in Frankfurt. After working his way up to Lead System Architect, in April 2020 he embarked on a new career as a Digital Consultant.
Fabian said: ‘In hindsight, it was a very organic progression. I’d been working on a few projects where I needed to zoom out from technology requirements and think about the wider business view.’
‘For instance, we were developing a sensor for a medical device in the pharma industry. But it was clear in testing that it would be better for customers if we based it around a mobile app instead.’
‘I had a similar experience, when mentoring a start-up. Zühlke employees are given time to mentor other businesses, which also helps our personal development. One start-up I worked with was developing digital picture frame technology. It became clear that in order for the project to be viable, the business needed to pivot from hardware focused development towards software focused development. We helped with that change and the company saw great success.’
‘In both cases, gaining a higher view on the project – to understand the problem and recommend the right solution – gave me an appetite for a more consultative role.’