In our #InsideAT series we regularly present new employees. Today it's Hakan Cinal's turn. He starts with us as a data engineer - in this interview he tells us what drove him to join, what his background is and how he likes to spend his life outside of work.
What position will you take on at [at]?
I start as a data engineer at [at].
How did you find out about [at]?
I searched for the best data consulting firms in Munich.
Why did you choose [at]?
The vision of helping humanity through the proper use of data and its technologies inspired me.
What are you looking forward to the most?
To build the future with [at]!
What did you do before?
I worked as a data engineer, analyst and DevEngineer in the areas of ignition systems, on-board power supply components and battery development for a Munich-based car manufacturer.
Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Munich, grew up there and like to work in our office on the 11th floor with a view of the Alps.
What do you do in your spare time?
I like to play basketball, table tennis, the occasional Souls series, do a lot with my family and am interested in new technologies.
What has been your favourite travel destination so far and where would you definitely like to go?
Dubai fascinated me a lot. How massive skyscrapers emerge from the desert, nice people, innovative infrastructure and a nice holiday experience. The highlight was the Burj Khalifa with the view over the whole of Dubai on the 148th floor. I would love to have a cocktail on the beaches of Sri Lanka and meet the friendly people in New Zealand.
What was your dream job as a child?
My dream job as a child was as a computer scientist. Fortunately, I found a suitable vocation as a data engineer.
What is your favourite film / series?
There are so many good films and series. If I had to choose, I would say Breaking Bad, Star Wars 1-6 and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I am thirsty for knowledge, level-headed, helpful, enthusiastic about data and new technologies.
What are your three most important work utensils?
My three most important work tools are my laptop, a mouse and my knowledge.
What was the last book you read?
I am currently reading the book "The Ultimate DATA and AI Guide" by Alexander Thamm, Michael Gramlich and Dr Alexander Borek. I can highly recommend it for all data enthusiasts like me.
What would you get up for in the middle of the night?
For an innovation idea, I would get up in the middle of the night, write down the most important details and go back to sleep.