What is the first thing that comes to your mind, when you think about HMKW?
At the time I started my studies at HMKW (2012), the university was still quite young and unknown. Accordingly, I remember a time with various organizational challenges in a small and manageable learning environment on floors 1 and 2 at Ackerstraße 76. At the same time, I also look back on great friendships and many intensive, instructive and amusing hours with numerous practice-oriented projects, which also took place in cooperation with well-known companies (see the HMKW project week).
You acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Corporate Communications at HMKW Berlin. What is your current job position?
After I had successfully completed my studies at HMKW, my path led me from journalism and corporate communications to the world of graphic design. First I worked for half a year as a media designer in a start-up atmosphere at a food manufacturer. Afterwards I moved on to a medium-sized IT service provider, where I have been working as a communication designer for almost 4 years now.
Did you get any further work experiences prior to your current position that you would like to share with us?
Thanks to the lecture times that enabled me to have a part-time job and the endless possibilities of a big city like Berlin, the time spent studying at the HMKW offered the chance to get a taste of the working atmosphere in the desired professional field and thus to make contacts. Thanks to various employers and positions, I have gained references in my CV on the one hand and orientation for my professional future on the other hand. All in all, I experienced a very formative and valuable time alongside my studies, which also contributed significantly to paving the way for my future professional life.
When did you figure out your preferred career path? How much was your choice influenced by the compulsory internship?
This became clearer and clearer throughout the entire course of study and became more and more evident with each further course of the course. The internship, which I was fortunately able to take up in my desired professional field, was made possible by a HMKW project week and was a very exciting experience for me. However, as it is in life, not everything always goes as planned. Which led to the fact that in my later professional life a different job followed than the one I aimed for with my degree.
What are your plans for the future?
Unless fate has other plans for me, I will complete my M.A. in Corporate Communications and Rhetoric in the spring of 2021. I hope this will open up new opportunities for my career, although graphic design will always be a part of me and will continue to accompany me.