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AlumniNet is the official student and graduate association of the Deggendorf Institute of Technology.
The largest network of DIT students, graduates and the university are networked for professional as well as private exchange. This network can be actively used at the many events of AlumniNet or in the Xing, LinkedIn or Facebook groups.
Every year AlumniNet sponsors four German scholarships: Alumni support students!
AlumniNet members still have access to the Career Service's career exchange after their studies.
Event information, seminar dates, photo gallery, everything you need to know can be found on the AlumniNet e.V. homepage.
Since 2008, DIT Alumni offers seminars especially for young professionals. These seminars, only for DIT graduates, are a direct continuation of the wide range of seminars offered by DIT's Career Service for students. The topics offer a mixture of professional and private competences. Further dates for the year 2020 will be published here soon.
The workshop on "Kommunikation und Konfliktmanagement" will take place on Saturday, 14 November 2020 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at DIT. The seminars are free of charge for AlumniNet members. For non-members the costs are 50,00 Euro.
Since the beginning of 2019, we have also been offering online seminars in which participants can participate from the comfort of their own homes. Further dates for the year 2020 will be published here soon.
In autumn 2020, we are organising an online seminar concerning the topic "Promovieren" together with the Graduate Centre of DIT. The exact date will be announced here soon.
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The 2019/2020 graduate survey has been completed and evaluated. You can find the results in the tabs below.
Graduate surveys at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology offer interesting insights that are used to further improve the quality of teaching.
Graduate surveys at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology offer interesting insights that are used to further improve the quality of teaching.
Graduate surveys at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology offer interesting insights that are used to further improve the quality of teaching.
In the following you will find the results of the graduate surveys of the graduating classes 2007 to 2010.
The graduate survey of 2009 once again confirmed existing insights, but also revealed a significant change:
Absolventenbefragung des Abschlussjahrgangs 2007
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In our "Alumni Profiles" graduates of DIT report about their studies and subsequent professional career. They also give current students valuable tips for their time as a student.
2009 | Technological Business Administration
Thomas Dannerbauer talks about his colourful CV, his internship abroad, his placement in Madrid and his time as board director at the Verein AlumniNet e.V.
In my rather colourful resume, I simply start where I think it might be interesting: After graduating (Quali) I did an apprenticeship as a specialist for employment promotion at the job centre, which made me realise quickly that the job market is not always a walk in the park, but also that I am interested in many other areas in the economic sector and therefore outside the job centre. Therefore, I had no other choice than to bite the bullet and take the technical baccalaureate in Deggendorf. After a short detour to the vocational academy at the discount store Aldi I finally ended up at the TH Deggendorf...and that was a good thing!
I studied technical business administration in Deggendorf from 2005 to 2009, which opened up a quite broad spectrum of professions. My first job after my studies was in the aviation industry at MTU Aero Engines in Munich in technical purchasing. I really enjoyed the daily contact with suppliers in the U.S. and Mexico, with the employees in the highly complex production and with the experienced quality engineers. But at first I was completely blank in terms of content, and my colleagues often heard me say, "What's this metal thing here?
In 2012, it was time to go one step further and I became Global Commodity Manager at BSH (Bosch's home appliances division). There I was responsible for global strategic purchasing for electronics in the small appliances division of the Household Appliances division. As it turned out to be a very exciting and dynamic field, I spent almost five years traveling the world for BSH. Parallel to my job, I trained for over three years in continuing education and completed my NLP Master and NLP Trainer (NLP - Neurolinguistic Programming) in 2017. This resulted in a job at BSH headquarters as a global lean management coach and trainer for indirect areas, where I have been working since July 2017. I help colleagues to question their working methods across cultural boundaries. I offer them methods and techniques to independently create improvements in terms of collaboration, effectiveness and efficiency.
Time... that was something, contrary to today, I had. It was a great time of trial and error and of looking beyond the horizon. Thanks to the various seminars, events and the cool leisure activities offered by the university, you could quickly make contacts and it never got boring. As a semester speaker and member of various university committees, I also had the opportunity to experience more internal affairs. My "job" as a board member of AlumniNet e.V. was also very exciting and showed me what it means to keep several balls in the air. Four months of an internship abroad in a small company in Madrid finally brought my Spanish language skills to an acceptable level. Right after the internship my wallet was empty, so that I also worked in marketing at a solar company as a working student. Since I was already used to working, I wrote my diploma thesis at MAN in Munich in the purchasing department and dealt with the optimization of value flows and relocation back to Germany, among other things. After seven semesters I received my diploma in business administration.
For me, studying means trying things out, getting a taste of the topics and above all leaving one's own comfortzone to see what's out there. Be committed and use the time to broaden your horizon professionally, but also personally. What else...hmmm...have fun, enjoy the many opportunities in Deggendorf and make friends (maybe) for life!
Business Administration (dual)
Thomas Hofbauer still loves to visit the town, which functions as the door to the Bavarian Forest and thinks back to his exciting days as a student with a smile on his face.
After graduating from high school, I decided to do a dual course of studies at DIT. In the course of my business administration studies (dual training as Bachelor & Banker) I acquired extensive knowledge of service-specific relationship processes in a regional bank. This also prompted me to develop further in the psychosocial field in addition to my business administration studies, and so I enrolled for a master's degree in business psychology at the FHAM Erding.
At the same time, as head of the e-commerce department at VR-Bank Rottal-Inn eG, I was responsible for the topic of digital sales and innovation and gained a great deal of knowledge in the areas of online marketing, online strategy and social media advertising through my certification as head of online business at the Academy of Bavarian Cooperatives. Since the main focus of my master studies, marketing and coaching, gave me a lot of pleasure, I decided to turn my back on the world of finance and orientate myself elsewhere. Through an assessment centre I acquired the position of deputy press spokesman in the district office of Rottal-Inn and was also responsible for the digital media presence. Since the middle of 2018 I am now office manager of the district administrator of Rottal-Inn. As office manager, I am in charge of the District Administrator's office (e.g. assignment of tasks and personnel management of the employees in the District Administrator's office). As personal assistant to the District Administrator, I am responsible for the coordination of the District Administrator's business and the preparation of appointments for the office management as well as the management function of the management level of the District Administrator's Office. In addition, I coordinate the preparation of the content of the meetings of the District Council and its committees and take part in almost all meetings.
The time of my studies in Deggendorf was legendary, and I still think back often to that time with a smile on my face. The town of Deggendorf is just the right size, it offers the nightlife of a big city, but you feel safe like in a village, everything is within walking distance. The cultural diversity that the campus offers has broadened my horizon immensely and has enabled me to make many intercultural friendships, some of which still last until today. I still enjoy visiting the city, which is the gateway to the Bavarian Forest, and think back to a unique time of study. Does the phenomenal currywurt still exist at Otto's?
The most important thing during the study time is, besides the lectures, self-organisation and a sensible time management to divide the learning material and to use synergy effects by learning together with fellow students. And above all: do not push exams! That will certainly catch up with you. If you do reach your limit, I can only advise you to seek direct contact with the professors. Especially the professors at DIT are not sitting in an ivory tower, but are there for the students when they need them - I have always appreciated that. And last but not least: even if you miss a mark - don't let yourself down, much more important are the contacts and networks, the experiences as well as internships and projects and these can be built up and maintained very well at DIT.
2014 | Business Informatics
Josef Seidl reports about his studies in Deggendorf and the fulfillment of his big dream: The foundation of his own business.
After I completed my Bachelor's degree in Business Informatics in Deggendorf, I was drawn to nearby Munich. I had a very specific goal in mind: to start my own company. I wanted to find out whether the vision of my own future really suited me - a kind of prototyping for my own career profile.
As usual with prototyping, I tried to find out as quickly as possible and at the same time with as little risk as possible. Parallel to the foundation of the company, I enrolled in the consecutive Business Informatics Master at the TU Munich. In the end, I even completed it with very good results, including an interim stay for my master's thesis at the renowned Stanford University in Silicon Valley. However, we liquidated the company after almost two years.
The end of the story? Although the company didn't work out, it was clear that nothing suits me better than entrepreneurship. Setbacks are the rule rather than the exception - I had to learn. Dealing with them is a personal challenge that makes your own life journey so varied and exciting.
After completing my master's degree, I therefore fully committed myself to self-employment and founded INNOSPOT GmbH, a company that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data Analytics to make the global start-up landscape transparent and accessible for companies. We scale innovation worldwide by bringing companies together with the best start-ups to jointly drive innovation and create positive value for our world. I have been doing this since 2017 as founder and CEO together with a team of 12 employees.
My studies in Deggendorf were an incredibly defining time for me, during which I learned a lot about myself. Originally, it was a great dream - and many years before that a very distant dream - for me to be able to study in Deggendorf. During my time at BOS, I often strolled along the dam of the university and imagined how I would study here one day. The dream came true and opened doors for me that I hadn't even dared to dream of as a teenager.
During my studies I tried to absorb everything possible. I remember the educational and fantastic time in the student convent of the university, in the faculty council, in the board of directors of WI-Project e.V. and great evenings with fellow students in the Deggendorf nightlife. I especially remember the time during the flood of the century, when I founded the student aid organisation "Deggendorf tidies up" together with a fellow student. The students of the university made an extremely valuable contribution to the city and the people of Deggendorf.
I have very intense and positive memories of my semester abroad at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The time in liberal California changed my view on many things once again and, in addition to all the other activities during my studies, gave me the great confidence that I could make a difference in the world.
1: Do it! Far too many really intelligent people I have met along the way can imagine founding a company, but are still waiting for "the idea". My own experience with INNOSPOT: To realise your dreams as an entrepreneur you don't have to have "the idea". Much more important than the actual idea is the team with which you turn the idea into reality. That is why we have taken a completely new path in founding INNOSPOT: First the team, then the idea.
2: Reflect. Only when I have really done something and then reflect on it do I get a solid assessment of what I enjoy and whether I have (developed) a passion for it. Life is a large collection of experiments and just like in chemistry, many experiments go wrong, some succeed and some are groundbreaking. But I can only make these experiences if I try out as many things as possible - be it internships, student jobs, semesters abroad, starting my own business - and evaluate things honestly for me later. That is why I can only encourage everyone: Try out as much as possible during your studies. Use this unique playground to discover what really fulfills you without any risk for you. And always have fun doing so :)
1999 | Civil and Construction Engineering
Alfred Watzl was the very first civil engineering graduate of DIT in 1999. He assures all students of the university that they can look optimistically into the future and that they will be in above-average demand on the job market.
In the 2nd practical semester, I was employed by STRABAG International GmbH in Poland as a construction phase manager (March-July 1998 in Bytom near Katowice, construction of a shopping centre for the German Metro Group) and already during the practical semester, I received a job offer as a construction manager from the then STRABAG boss in Poland, under the condition that I would be able to present a completed civil engineering degree by October 1999 at the latest. This was my motivation and pressure at the same time to complete my studies at DIT in eight semesters, including my diploma thesis (among other things, this is one of the reasons why I was probably the very first civil engineering graduate).
My first job was as a construction manager at STRABAG for the Real construction project (Metro Group) in Lublin. Then I became the project manager of the Metro Shopping Centre in Krakow, a prestigious project with a contract value of €26 million. Very independent work was necessary here. Building up a team, cooperating with the customer (including the Metro management) and, last but not least, intercultural cooperation (German, Austrian, Polish) provided me with important management skills in the technical, but also in the commercial and personnel areas at an early stage. During the team management, e.g. of an ECE shopping centre project with a contract value of €50 million, the STRABAG Management Board in Vienna "took notice" of me and I became divisional manager for large and special projects throughout Poland.
In January 2004 he was appointed to the national board. As technical director, I was responsible for STRABAG's structural and civil engineering in Poland, the development of a sustainable and nationwide organisation from project business to area business, the establishment of branch offices, etc. From January 2013 I was responsible as technical division manager for all operative business areas in Poland (traffic route construction, structural and civil engineering, bridge construction, railway construction, etc.) with an annual output volume of approx. € 900 million and approx. 5,000 employees.
Since January 2019, I have been a member of the Executive Board of the Group holding company STRABAG SE, responsible for the North + West segment (Germany, Poland, Scandinavia, Benelux) with an annual output volume of approx. € 8.0 billion and approx. 25,000 employees. 75,000 employees of the STRABAG SE Group generate an output of approximately €16.3 billion, making STRABAG the fifth largest construction company in Europe and the fourteenth largest construction company in the world.
As the first year of the civil engineering course, we had to work hard on lots of things ourselves together with the professors - there was no "blueprint" for either the professors or the students. This certainly entailed a lot of extra work, but the big advantage was that we had to get very involved and take responsibility. As a result, many students have also built up a close relationship with each other and with the professors - there was a kind of pioneering atmosphere overall. During this time, I also founded the "Verein der Deggendorfer Bauingenieure e.V.- VD-Bau" with fellow students (with formal support from Prof. Scherer) and was the first founding chairman.
In the middle/end of the 1990s Deggendorf was a very popular meeting place for young people within a radius of 100 km, i.e. the range of pubs, parties etc. could easily fill a 7-day week - which sometimes posed great challenges with regard to the compulsory attendance of some courses - but the development of soft skills during the studies was also important. So this time was not wasted.
Especially at that time, we also met with professors after the lectures, e.g. at the Christmas market - as I said, we had to "work" a lot together.
... do not to rely solely and exclusively on pure expertise!
In the age of digitalisation and increasing anonymity, social skills are becoming even more important. A technically sound education was and remains a basic requirement, but: As our processes on construction sites and processes close to construction sites become more and more complicated, the ability to work in a team is essential. The personal communication skills of all those involved play a major role here. Unfortunately, in the age of digitalisation, these skills are withering away because electronic communication dominates. Personal contact and discourse is avoided because it is perhaps more "strenuous"?!
Despite progressive digitalisation, people are still at the centre of the building industry, i.e. we deal with people every day: colleagues, superiors, customers, subcontractors, etc. Commitment, assumption of responsibility, respect, innovativeness, empathy, etc. are necessary values to enable a company and our society to operate successfully in the long term. But these values must be lived by all people in an organisation.
By the way, values cannot be replaced by machines or artificial intelligence!
For this reason, I can only encourage students to become more involved and take on responsibility during their studies, such as in student associations. The famous "thinking outside the box" is more topical than ever before. Please find out more about the challenges that digital transformation poses for employees and managers. The carousel of change is spinning faster and faster.
But this allows you to look to the future with great optimism: Civil engineers with a sound education, a "decent" portion of the above-mentioned values and social competence are and will continue to be in above-average demand on the job market.
But first of all: Enjoy your studies - especially the socialising!
Good luck with it!
2005 | Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
with focus on Automation Engineering
Michael Bauer: "To this day I still meet with former fellow students in my professional environment."
In the summer of 2005 I completed my studies in the field of electrical engineering and information technology with the focus on automation technology as the last graduating class as Dipl.-Ing.(FH) at the University of Applied Sciences in Deggendorf. Before starting my professional life, I travelled through New Zealand and Australia from October to February 2006, before I started working as a test field engineer for small and large engines at the Loher motor factory in Ruhstorf.
During my two years of work I was able to build up my specialist knowledge of motors with/without explosion protection (Ex d, Ex i, Ex e) and generators, which was very helpful when I joined Finergy AG, based in Voerde/NRW, as "Sales and Service Engineer" for wind power generators and converters. In September 2011 I changed to Siemens AG and was responsible as "Quality Manager in Project" for preventive and operative quality planning and assurance in transnational projects for generators for the entire product life cycle. Due to the job requirements at both, Flender AG and Siemens AG, I had to make many business trips in Europe and China to get to know the country and its people directly on site.
In May 2017 I changed to the engineering office IB Graf for electrotechnical building equipment in Pfarrkirchen, which I took over one year later as owner with the current company name IB Bauer+Graf. The field of activity covers a wide range of tasks in the most diverse sub-trade from industrial buildings to the planning of villas for high voltage/low voltage applications and lighting design, taking into account the installation depth and safety-relevant equipment required by the client.
I have fond memories of my studies: learning and living in Deggendorf corresponded to my ideas and was very structured during my eight semesters, based on the lecture plan. I had a certain classmateship with my fellow students, and the professors were always interested in communicating knowledge in a comprehensible way and responding directly to questions during the lecture. The lecture style and the experiments in the laboratories also reminded me to a large extent of my school days and the documents provided for the lecture were very well prepared.
To this day I still meet former fellow students in my professional environment.
My time at Siemens and my planning office has always shown me and continues to show me new development opportunities to advance professionally and personally. I always accepted these opportunities and thus followed a certain road map that life and the professional world offered me. During my studies, the professors also taught me that constant learning in a professional environment, including language skills in English, awaits graduates and is indispensable. I can underline this statement as fully correct. The studies in Deggendorf enabled me to pursue my career so far and were a very good decision on my path in life.
2002 | MBA General Management
Josef Behammer is one of the first graduates from the extra-occupational study course "MBA General Management".
First I studied Electrical Engineering in Regensburg from 1987-1992 and gained my first professional experience in a small engineering office in the field of software development for industrial controls. That's when I took my first steps towards marketing and sales.
After about five years I was interested in a different industry: I started in a company for embedded PC technologies. During this time, I held various international and global functions, including building up an international business, commercial management of a product centre, management of marketing and sales, and global leadership of product management. My position has changed constantly (every three years) within the rapidly growing organisation. I started as the 32nd employee in a "start-up" and after 18 years I found myself in a corporate structure with about 2500 employees.
During my time as Head of Product Centre I completed the MBA General Management at DIT parallel to my job. The increasingly commercial orientation of my position at that time called for a more in-depth, intensive training in order to meet the increased leadership and management responsibilities for companies and employees better.
After a total of 18 years in this field, I wanted to do a complete reorientation and started at b-plus GmbH in Deggendorf. Initially I took over the management of the marketing and communication department for the b-plus group and at the same time built up the subsidiary b-plus automotive as managing director. Under my leadership, the company has been expanded since its foundation in June 2015 to meanwhile more than 70 employees. With the focus on basic software for driver assistance systems, b-plus automotive also works on new and innovative product and solution approaches in the field of Connected Car and Artificial Intelligence.
An end to my career is not in sight yet, I am looking forward to everything that has yet to come!
Despite all the challenges of studying parallel to your job: The balancing act between work, private life and lectures is feasible. The path is the goal. The learning phase was ideally linked to the working environment that the subject areas to be prepared always had a real and immediately applicable practical relevance within the everyday working life. Luckily, at that time I had exactly the job where I could try out and implement everything immediately.
I particularly enjoyed the exchange with like-minded people during my "second student period": The discussions with my fellow students were extremely enriching. An invaluable side-effect of an MBA program while working: You learn a lot from other industries and from the everyday life of other professionals or other managers.
All in all, I would like to say that a "job with a degree" has a much higher learning value for me. You can classify the knowledge you acquire in a completely different way and apply it to your own work, because you are in the middle of your professional life and have already experienced a lot here.
Another advantage of the MBA program in Deggendorf: If you can reflect on yourself well, the MBA - after a certain amount of practical experience - also shows you where you still have a real need for further training. Because learning goes on and on, also and especially as a manager!
My advice: You don't have or want to learn everything at once - it's about lifelong learning. It is definitely a good idea to leave a few years for practical experience between your studies and postgraduate studies. After all, only in the course of one's working life can one assess what else one might need. You may discover a new focus of interest for yourself and then train specifically through a second course of study.
2012 | International Management
Malte Busch talks about his studies in Deggendorf, Glasgow and Coventry and recommends all students to aquire a positive attitude.
After graduating from high school I did an internship as an event manager and then studied international management at DIT. Afterwards I had the chance to gain insights into supply chain management at Siemens Wind Power (now Siemens Gamesa). However, I soon realised that I wanted to do a master's degree and decided to study International Management at Strathcylde Business School in Glasgow. I was then faced with the decision of either going into industry or following the call of the supervisor of my Master's thesis and doing my PhD. I decided to do a PhD and did so for 3 ½ years at the University of Coventry, focusing on stakeholder management in the automotive industry and the relationships between business, politics and civil society organisations. Afterwards I started as a lecturer at Coventry Business School with the aim of entering the business world in the medium term.
I remember my time in Deggendorf very well. I especially remember the many exciting encounters with students from all over the world and the opportunity to learn about different cultures. I am still in touch with many people from back then and I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to study in South America and to do an internship in Asia. I believe that these stays abroad had a significant influence on my personal development and professional orientation.
Kim Plinke reassures that everything is not as bad as it sometimes seems at the beginning. Sometimes you just have to take a detour to get to where you want to go.
During the Abitur I noticed that I enjoy organising things, but after the Abitur I decided to go to Australia for some time to learn English and enjoy my freedom. After my return, the thought of event management had solidified, I saw my strengths in this business area. Accordingly, I was looking for a course of studies that was a bit more diversified and with which I could later go into different areas if I should notice that the event industry is not really my thing after all. I decided to do an internship in the event industry before I started my studies to get first impressions of what it is like to work in this field and I really liked it right away. By chance I came across the International Management course in Deggendorf and simply submitted my application, with success.
If I had to describe my career after graduation in one word, it would be the word "bumpy".
After my studies I moved to London and thought with a bachelor degree, 3 languages and two completed internships it would be no problem to find a job or at least another internship. However, this turned out to be more difficult than expected. At some point I started working as a waiter because I had cabin fever and money was running out. During a break while waiting tables I got into a conversation with the owner of the restaurant chain, who offered me a job as an event manager starting the next day. Event management for three restaurants was not what I wanted to do but it was a start and I thought: "better than nothing". After about a year I started sending out applications for other jobs from time to time, which was very frustrating. The job market in London is very crowded and everybody seems to have a lot of qualifications. It got to the point where I was even happy about rejection, because that was better than no feedback. After two and a half years in the restaurant business I found a new job and I was overjoyed... until I started there. After only one week I realised that this job would not fulfill me at all. As chance would have it, I got into conversation with an event agency through an acquaintance at the same time, which actually didn't have any vacancies. After five interviews they offered me a job, which was a great relief, because I wouldn't have been able to continue with the other "new" job for much longer. The negative point about the job in the event agency was that I had to start at the bottom again, i.e. from event manager to event assistant. But I really wanted to work in an event agency, so it was worth it.
It took a while until I had gained the necessary trust of my bosses. After a year I was frustrated to still be in the assistant position, but I promised myself I would grit my teeth and keep on doing it. Today I can say that it was worth it. After almost two years, everything changed and my career took off. I got two promotions within half a year and now I am where I wanted to be. It all came a bit later than planned, but sometimes you have to take a detour to get what you want. It is important not to give up, even if it is sometimes difficult. I am very happy in my job now and I know that the way for me will go further up, which motivates me to give everything every day.
The thought of moving to Deggendorf (a place I had never heard of before) did not appeal to me at all at the beginning. I had received a rejection for my desired course of studies at another university and was frustrated. However, my mood changed right in the first week of my studies and I can now say that it was the best decision of my life to study in Deggendorf. I had an amazing time and made friends for life. The IM course was just the right thing for me and my plans to work in the event business. To cut a long story short: you learn a little bit from everything (even if some professors might not want to hear that :-), which helps me a lot in my current job. The mixture of hard and soft skills in this course of studies is perfect and I have learned and experienced an incredible amount. The IM program enabled me to do an internship in Berlin in an event agency and to spend two semesters abroad in Mexico. Two things that have helped me a lot, both professionally and personally. The contact between professors and students is very relaxed, which made it much easier to attend lectures :-)
What do I want to give the students today without sounding like a mother? - Enjoy your study time, take as much as possible with you without missing the fun times of studying. If you have the opportunity to do an internship and/or a semester abroad - go for it. Nothing prepares you better for working life than this. And very important: don't bury your head in the sand after the first semester, everything is not as bad as it sometimes seems at the beginning. The same applies when you start working. Sometimes you have to take detours to get where you want to go.
Thomas Spiegel recommends to enjoy the student years and to not put too much pressure on oneself. He looks back in joy as he met many dear friends during his studies.
It took a very long time before I knew what I wanted or what I was good at. So I tried to get experience in as many things as possible at a very early stage in order to work my way towards my dream job. First I did an apprenticeship, then my desire to study in English and in as small a programme as possible brought me to Deggendorf. After my studies and the stays abroad, I worked, did an MBA in Brussels and then ended up at Google. Marketing and media was the area that really inspired me in terms of content and people.
From Google I moved to Dentsu Aegis Network, a global agency network. There I found the greatest possible creative freedom for myself, first as agency managing director in Austria and since 2015 as Group CEO Switzerland in Zurich. We have now grown to over 700 employees in Switzerland and cover not only media and marketing but also IT consulting and business transformation.
Update from the THD-Alumni office: Since 2019 Tom is Head of Global Media at Ringier AG & CEO Blick-Group. We congratulate him on his new task!
I often and gladly remember the time in Deggendorf, especially because of the people it was really something special. The university was very familiar, International Management was a small, colourful programme with great subjects and Deggendorf itself was friendly, affordable and open to us students. From my studies, I took lifelong friendships with me that mean a lot to me.
I like to think back to the lectures and projects, the focus on soft skills was ahead of its time and prepared us well for many key moments in our careers. All in all, I simply had a lot of funny and remarkable scenes in my head that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
You should enjoy the time and not put yourself under pressure by setting too specific goals. If you set yourself a job, an employer or even a certain salary too early, you will miss many exciting opportunities and may not spontaneously accept a challenge. There are so many opportunities to try yourself out during your studies that you should make use of them. Founding a company, failing with it or making it successful is secondary. Impressions and experiences from success and failure are always helpful and are also highly appreciated by employers.
2008 | Mechanical Engineering
Carmen Schnupp thinks that a semester abroad is always a good idea. Most businesses are more focused internationally now and it helps if you can show you managed to stand on your own feet abroad.
After the Abitur I studied twice, both times at DIT. First I studied mechanical engineering (at that time I still had a degree in engineering) and then I did an MBA while still working. That was easy to arrange, because it was block seminars and you didn't have to be on site every weekend.
I did my first (at that time there were still two) internship semester at Linde in the USA, the second one at BMW in Munich. I then wrote my diploma thesis there and returned to Munich for another three years after a three-year detour to MAN Truck & Bus. After that I was able to take over my parents' business in Bogen, Schnupp Hydraulik. We come from the hydraulics sector, but we are now also allowed to build entire production lines and industrial presses for our customers. Today, 160 employees generate annual sales of around € 27 million.
I have fond memories of my time in Deggendorf. My father and my brother both studied in Munich. The state capital may be more exciting at first glance, but it is also much more anonymous. In Deggendorf there was something to do almost every day or evening in my time, you knew most of the people there and could always meet many friends without having to make a big date. I still have many friends from my time in Deggendorf.
From my own experience of my time as an employee: if possible, try out as many jobs as possible during your studies, which is not so easy later on, and also make contact with possible employers. That worked out very well for me. So I was recommended from the internship semester to the diploma thesis and the subsequent employment.
Besides, a semester abroad is a very good idea. Most companies are now international and it is more a must than a bonus to speak English fluently and have proven that you can get by on your own abroad. I would always prefer to do a practical semester abroad rather than going to university. It's more strenuous, but you get much better in the language and gain deep insights into the working world of the country than in the study environment with lots of other internationals who perhaps don't speak better English than you do.
2005 | Mechanical Engineering
Karlheinz Stern talks about how he created the idea to develop tanks from carbon fibres with a "crazy" Australian.
After a successful apprenticeship as a mechanical engineering mechanic at Streicher Maschinenbau in Deggendorf, a 10 month military service in the fighter squadron 74 "Mölders" in Neuburg on the Danube followed. At the Aloys-Fischer-School in Deggendorf I acquired the technical college entrance qualification in 2001. In the winter semester 2001 I started my studies at DIT in the department of mechanical engineering, which I finished in spring 2005. During my studies, I accompanied a work placement as a student trainee at the GFH-GmbH under Prof. Dr. Helml, which was mainly concerned with the development of test machines for diesel injection nozzles. Through these contacts and the help of Prof. Dr. Helml, I was able to complete an internship semester in the USA at Delphi Automotive in 2004.
After my studies, my main focus was production engineering, but I desperately had to change this. The Maschinenelemente II (Seminar) third attempt in the 8th semester left its mark on me. So I ended up as a sales engineer at Bartec GmbH in Gotteszell, which was then under the direction of Prof. Dr. Fröhlich. After a nice 2 years and the realisation that electronics is not my world, I changed to Kurt Willig GmbH & Co. KG in Straubing. Tank trucks, made of aluminium, to touch, grind and weld. That was more my world.
In 2009 I took over the sales management at Willig Group and in 2016 I was additionally appointed as an authorised signatory.
In summer 2010 I met a crazy Australian who told me that he can make tanks from carbon fibre. He didn't have to convince my colleagues and me for long, so we started thinking about how to get the job done. In 2014, the companies decided to join forces. In 2016 a JV of the two companies was founded, the Omni Willig Carbon GmbH, whose management I took over as an additional task.
It is almost impossible to explain this in a nutshell. It would fill volumes. The time of my studies was certainly one, if not the best time I had.
Of course there were challenges one has to take. Descriptive geometry, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, (are these all Nietzsche subjects?), etc. Business studies can also become a problem if you don't go to the lecture. But all in all, the study was always exciting and above all fair. There were 11 of us in the main focus and we had a good team spirit. These contacts are partly still going on. I also see this as the strength of the DIT. The familiar atmosphere, as well as the personal connection to the professors. That is what makes the DIT's good education, the cooperation.
Use the time now to ask questions. Now tasks can still be corrected. A lower grade does not necessarily spoil the access to the better job. Take the opportunity to ask what was wrong. In professional life only one person corrects, the customer! But from then on it costs money. You are the one who has to take responsibility for it! Employers of today, at least not the ones I know, do not choose their employees according to the grade sheet. You have to fit into the team. Only those who feelcomfortable in a position can perform well!
The most important thing of all is: stay as you are and don't pretend. A B.Eng. on your business card does not make an engineer!
2003 | Mechanical Engineering with Focus on Production Engineering
Rob C. J. van Gils: "Use your study time - not only to gain knowledge - but also to make friends and build networks."
Primary school in the Netherlands, then grammar school - but then dropped out because of moving to Austria, one year of secondary school in Austria, then secondary school in Simbach/Inn, technical secondary school in Pfarrkirchen and FH Deggendorf.
In the last year of my ME studies, I worked as a student trainee at Austria Metall AG (AMAG), and from autumn 2002 I had a permanent position and wrote my diploma thesis within the framework of an AMAG project. He then joined the company as assistant to the managing director of AMAG Casting GmbH. Two years later I was promoted to production manager and, due to his increasing responsibility for the profit and loss account, in 2005/2006 he received an MBA from the University of Louisville while working. At the end of 2006, I became plant manager at AMAG Extrusion GmbH, from which Hammerer Aluminium Industries GmbH emerged in 2007 within the framework of a company spin-off.
Here I became the managing director for the recycling and foundry in 2008 and spent almost 2 years in Romania to build and start up a new plant. 2010 when I returned to Austria I was appointed CEO of the HAI Group. At that time the company had 2 locations and 260 million turnover with 480 employees. Together with my team, we have succeeded in using the difficult years after the economic crisis for a strategic reorientation and thus we were able to almost double our turnover to 480 million by 2017 and even more than double the number of jobs to 1150! HAI currently supplies high-quality aluminium components from 6 locations in Austria, Romania and Germany for the automotive industry as well as all other transport segments and also for numerous applications in construction and industry..
After the technical secondary school I absolutely wanted to study technical studies and at that time mechanical engineering was just being built up in Deggendorf. Since many of my school colleagues also oriented themselves towards Deggendorf, the decision was made quickly and I have never regretted it. It was almost family back then. Getting in touch with the professors was possible at any time and very informal...including the odd beer in the "wheelhouse". Professionally, (most...;-) professors were in a good mood and also tried to bring the technical topics across accordingly...(I will never forget the picture of Professor Nitsche, how he used his "little belly" in combination with all the utensils in the room to give us an understanding of descriptive geometry...;-).
I still remember the basic study period as "dry" and very theoretical and so some lectures after one or the other student party were a bit tedious...but after the division into the main subjects it was very interesting and I got a lot of knowledge which is still very useful for me today.
In the main focus we had quasi individual lessons...we were exactly 4 students at the beginning of today's DIT who had chosen the main focus production engineering! I am still in contact with the professor responsible, Joachim Helml, and he even visited me in Romania almost two years ago. I hope that DIT has maintained this proximity to the students...even though it will certainly not be possible to do so intensively with this growth...
Use the time while you're studying - not only to acquire knowledge - but also to form friendships and networks - I am still in contact with a few fellow students today and one of them is working as a managing director in our Romanian plant.
Make sure you do a semester abroad! The experiences you make there are an invaluable gain! The challenge of having to "survive" in a completely new environment in a foreign language shapes and encourages you to accept and master challenges later on!
Create a good study-/life balance. The time as a student is unique and in later life you will never again be able to spend so much time for yourself and your interests!
Magdalena Boyen talks about her studies and her time at Fast Forest where she also met her husband.
What I remember most of all is the time I spent at Fast Forest: the perfect addition to my professional life: Project had to be finished. Working with friends, who are still friends today by the way. Working at Fast Forest is a lifelong bond. I even found my husband at Fast Forest.
Enjoy that time! Form networks and stay in touch. This is important for the rest of your lives. Set goals, but be patient and try reaching them one at a time.
I'd love to help and give advice. You can get my details at the Alumni office.
Cinderella Dietl recommends students to stick together and knows from her own experience that professors are always happy to help.
Up to my current position as project manager it was not the shortest way.
After graduating from secondary school (technical field) I first learned the profession as an administrative assistant. Since I did not see myself in this field for the rest of my life, I decided to catch up on my general school certificate at the vocational high school in Deggendorf. Through my brother Markus I got some insights into the dual study of electrical engineering and decided to study mechatronics at Strama-MPS Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG, combined with a vocational training as a mechatronics engineer.
Strama-MPS develops special machines for the production, assembly and testing of complex technical components and products. Altogether, more than 1,300 specialists work at Strama-MPS worldwide - about 750 of them at the Straubing location.
My current position in the company requires me to be able to react quickly to acutely arising issues. Therefore I need a good overview of the whole project and am responsible for cost planning, customer meetings and site planning. In the end, a complete production line with various assemblies is created. The line is completed down to the last detail and put through its paces so that it can be reassembled and put into operation at the customer's site.
I would always decide again for a dual study at the TH Deggendorf, because you can deepen the acquired knowledge besides the theoretical training at the same time in practice. Apart from the good leisure activities in Deggendorf, I also like to think back to DIT's Christmas party. With good food and atmospheric music one could enjoy a nice evening with friends. I would also like to emphasize the good cooperation among the students. This was also encouraged and challenged by the professors themselves through various topics that were worked on in teamwork. This includes the two compulsory projects during the studies - and the related excursions to the Czech Republic.
I would advise students to stick together. This will pay off well at the latest when working out the learning material before the exams. First of all by saving a certain amount of time and secondly by having one or more partners who may also have an answer to one or the other question. For the remaining open topics I can only say from my experience that the professors of DIT have an open ear and are happy to help.
2018 | Media Technology and Production with focus on industrial Multimedia
Victoria Paster reports about her master studies at DIT and recommends students to use the study to try different things.
In my spare time I am also working with a team on a homework app. We designed it as part of the German government's hackathon #wirVsVirusHack. It is supposed to provide a quick and easy remedy against the homework chaos in times of corona and homeschooling.
I like thinking back to my days at DIT. I especially liked the fact that I could try out many things there. Whether in the courses, the optional subjects or in my part-time job in the MINT team. Due to the small course sizes and the strong support of my fellow students, professors and university staff, I was able to settle in quickly and learn a lot of new things. The fact that I had previously completed my Bachelor's degree at another university - the FH Upper Austria - was no problem. Although my degree there did not fulfil the necessary ECTS number for the Master, I was able to make up for the missing credits easily with an internship and the required PLVs.
Use your studies to try out lots of different things and stay curious!
Feel free to contact me via Xing if you have any further questions.
2009 | Strategic and International Management
Josef Süß first studied Business Administration at DIT and then Strategic and International Management for a master's degree. He advises students to build up a network and generate value from it.
I am an entrepreneur with all my heart. I've never had a job except for the mandatory internships. During my Business Administration studies in Deggendorf I founded my first company. But before that, I had already started working as a freelance advertising photographer. That's how I mainly financed my studies. After my studies, I specialised in e-commerce for a few years and learned a lot. Among other things I designed, built and operated the first online shop for the umbrella manufacturer Knirps based on my own idea. After about five years I sold the shop. Whether alone, with partners or for clients, I have managed to bring some e-commerce concepts to the market - with varying degrees of success, but this is clearly part of the learning process.
My network has grown considerably, which has also led to a role as a consultant for medium-sized companies in the areas of business development, marketing and innovation management. For one of my customers I found my current Indian colleagues at BlinkIn and commissioned them to program an app. We stayed in touch beyond the project and in 2018 they approached me to ask if we would like to develop a "digital pocket assistant" together.
A few weeks later, we started BlinkIn during my visit to India. Today, we are active with the Video Collaboration Platform in more than 40 countries, with customers from all over the world and lots more plans for BlinkIn! Recently, we helped a Bavarian company to install their ventilation systems in Wuhan from a distance. In Italy BlinkIn was also used to maintain the critical infrastructure. Currently, all signs at BlinkIn are pointing to growth. We are also looking for reinforcements for the areas AI and Computer Vision.
I have fond memories of my student days. Especially during my Master's, the lectures were very discussion-heavy and therefore very entertaining. With 10 people in a seminar it is also difficult to duck away. I was able to take the necessary tools from my studies for my ventures.
At the same time, I like to think back to the time outside the lecture rooms! Although I did not live in Deggendorf, I hardly missed any events. I stayed in touch with many of my fellow students - among them are really clever people who get things going and with whom I regularly exchange ideas. In any case, my network has profited a lot from my studies in Deggendorf.
Setting goals, having fun, seizing opportunities! Make mistakes and learn from them. Do not take yourself too seriously and concentrate on the matter at hand. Observe all your life, listen and then do better. Build a strong network and generate value from this.
It doesn't matter what you have studied or in which field you are working - every day offers countless opportunities for people who are willing to consistently build up their own skills and use their energy for a goal at any time.
I can really only recommend to take the path to independence. The start-up community in Germany is growing, the general conditions are constantly improving, cooperation with larger companies is working very well now- the world is open to a well-positioned start-up if we think and act in a customer-oriented manner.
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