What is the first thing that comes to your mind, when you think about HMKW?
When I look back at the two years I have spent studying at HMKW, I remember all the moments I shared with my colleagues and lecturers in the Ackerstraße, but also across the entire city of Berlin. We worked with innovative technologies, did research and a lot of writing. We ran the newsroom at re:publica (twice!). We interviewed fascinating people, with highly different backgrounds and stories. We learned valuable lessons, including how to work as a team. We exchanged ideas with designers and business psychologists in the elective courses. We visited media organisations like Vice, Ströer and Die Welt. I also think quite often about the Master’s Thesis: the struggle, the effort, the satisfaction, and how my days as a student eventually came to an end.
You studied the master program „Convergent Journalism“. What is your current job position and what are your tasks? How did you figure out your preferred career?
As soon as I graduated in September, I moved to the Leiden (Netherlands) to start a ‘Young Graduate Trainee’ programme (YGT) at the European Space Agency. I already knew I was going there and was extremely excited: I had applied for this in December 2018, and got confirmation that I was accepted five months later. This put a lot of pressure on me for the Thesis, and my time in Berlin was running out. Eventually, I think this helped me stay in focus and deliver the best results for the thesis - like a golden carrot, hanging in front of my eyes every day.
After moving, I joined ESA’s Communication Department (Newsroom and Media Relations Office), and am now involved in a range of activities, mostly relating to external communications.
The focus of my work is always evolving, because of the highly dynamic nature of our agency. This means that our centre of attention needs to be constantly changing, and adapting to current events.
It is a demanding and intense environment, that requires a lot of flexibility: ESA deals with wildly different topics like planetary defence, human and robotic exploration, cutting-edge technologies, the climate crisis, safety and security, telecommunications... ESA also has a clear intention to inspire new generations, and making everyone understand the (many) benefits of the space industry.
What I find beautiful about communication and journalism studies nowadays, is that they can open doors into virtually any field you may be interested in discovering. For me, this meant going to work for one of the world’s biggest space agencies - although I am not an astrophysicist, an engineer, or a planetary scientist.
Why did you decide to study “Convergent Journalism”? And why did you choose HMKW Berlin?
When I applied to this Masters’ programme, almost 3 years ago, I was looking for a way out of my routine: leaving my home town, my comfort zone, my cozy bubble of previous experiences. In Brussels, I thought that my skills weren’t being put to good use, and I felt I needed to be challenged. This is why I “went international” with my degree, and Berlin is definitely a good place to find new horizons.