What comes to mind when you think about your studies at HMKW?
With my studies at HMKW, I took the first step towards professional development. After my FSJ (Voluntary Year of Social Service) and after I had started studying sociology and political science at a state university, I simply missed the practice there. That's why I decided to begin a program with more practical relevance at HMKW.
After graduating with a B.A. in Media and Business Psychology (dual), you recently started a job as a project manager at the EUREF Campus in Berlin. Congratulations! How did that happen and how do you like your new job?
I became aware of my current employer, EUREF AG, through my mandatory internship at the Berliner Wirtschaftsgespräche (Berlin Business Talks). They frequently held events there and I always found the place very exciting. Unfortunately, many Berliners do not know about it.
I finally heard about my current position through my network. I then applied for it in the traditional way and am now really happy to be able to do such an exciting job as a young professional.
In addition to your job, you are politically involved with the Young Liberals, are currently even the deputy district chairwoman for the Berlin-Mitte district, and were elected to the BVV (Bezirksverordnetenversammlung) in the election. Exciting! Please tell us more about your political work!
Yes, I am now deputy leader of the FDP parliamentary group in the Berlin-Mitte district council. My topics are economics and social affairs. At the moment, the committees are still being revised and then hopefully we can start working soon. In local politics, you're always in contact with people and always trying to find out which issues are particularly close to their hearts. I am very excited about the next 5 years.
When did you figure out your preferred career path? How much was your choice influenced by the compulsory internship?
I would say that the practical year at the Berliner Wirtschaftsgespräche was very formative for me. I worked there in the public relations department and was involved in around 150 events. I even conceived and implemented my own series of networking events there, "Dinner & Talk". This time was also important for me in terms of my current political activities, because it was here that I built up my network and consolidated my political attitude. Actually, I would have always classified myself as a left-wing liberal, but at the events I often encountered members of the FDP and quickly realized how progressive this party is. Media policy issues in particular, such as media literacy in schools, are very high on the FDP's agenda. That appealed to me even then - also because these areas were related to the focus of my studies, of course.
In addition, I've always been fascinated by working at the interface between companies and the public. That's certainly the reason why I've now also set my professional course in the direction of marketing and corporate communications.