In our #InsideAT series we regularly present new employees. Today it's Dennis Wagner's turn. He starts with us as a data engineer - in the interview he tells us what drove him to it, what his background is and how he likes to spend his life outside of work.
Which position are you taking on at AT?
I am employed by AT as a Data Engineer Trainee for now, with main experience in Python, Java and SQL.
How did you hear about AT come to your attention?
I became aware of indeed on AT through a job advertisement that sounded very interesting.
Why did you Why did you choose AT?
During the interviews, I was immediately attracted by the relaxed and friendly way of dealing with people, such as the fact that they were on first-name terms. The more I learned about AT, its objectives, its way of working, etc., the more I realised how well it matched my own ideas.
What are you looking forward to the most?
I'm looking forward to learning new things, developing personally, working on my first project and finally being able to put my knowledge and experience to practical use on a larger scale.
What did you done before?
I studied computer science in Marburg for the last few years. I financed this with various part-time jobs: first as a construction helper on concrete construction, then as a promoter at board game fairs and the last few semesters mainly as a tutor for various university modules.
Where were you born and raised?
In Berndorf, a village in Waldeck-Frankenberg, in Hesse. I think growing up in a village, where you can be in nature in a few minutes and explore the area very freely as a child, definitely has something to it. However, in my current phase of life, I am also very happy to live in a city like Leipzig.
What do you do in your spare time?
At the moment, Corona mainly limits me to chilling with my flatmates. But I hope to be able to pursue hobbies like climbing again soon and maybe go to a party again sometime.
What has been your favourite travel destination so far and where would you definitely like to go?
So far, I've been very enthusiastic about all holidays where sun, beach and sea come together. I definitely plan to visit a few more beaches and learn to surf. I also find Asia very interesting, even though I've never been there, it's also something that's still on my bucket list.
What was the last book you read?
Lastly, in a fit of nostalgia, I reread the end of the Wellenläufer trilogy. A German fantasy novel series that I had very positive memories of from my youth, and even now I thought it was very original and beautifully written.
What used to be your favourite subject at school?
I liked ethics lessons very much. I really enjoyed the critical examination of philosophical approaches.