In our #InsideAT series we regularly present new employees. Today it's Nicholas Kappel's turn. He is starting with us as a Data Engineering Trainee - 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 am starting as a Data Engineering Trainee in October.
How did you become aware of AT?
Honestly - I'm not 100% sure anymore. Via LinkedIn perhaps? In any case, the classic way via a job search portal.
Why did you choose AT?
After graduating from university, I wasn't sure at first whether a job at a consulting firm was right for me. With many IT consultancies, it's hard for outsiders to understand exactly what these companies stand for. [AT], on the other hand, has a clear profile that also corresponds to my previous study and career focus and offers a lot of future potential.
What are you looking forward to the most?
After a few years of mainly getting to know the start-up industry alongside my studies, I'm now excited to see the other end of the scale, i.e. to work with some big names for a change.
What did you do before?
I'm fresh out of university with a Master's degree in Business Informatics from WWU Münster, but I've always worked for different IT companies in parallel.
Where were you born and raised?
Oh dear, there's always a list with me. I was born in a town in Hesse, but I never lived there. I went to school in the racing town of Hockenheim in the Electoral Palatinate, then in the "real" Palatinate and even later in Potsdam. I definitely feel at home in several corners of Germany.
What do you do in your spare time?
After a long day at work, I like to go for a run. If I don't do it for a few days, I eventually feel underutilised. It's similar on holiday, where I prefer to run 20 kilometres or more instead of sightseeing from the bus. As a computer scientist, I also have a gamer past that goes back some time, but every now and then I come out of my gamer retirement. What was that about the Office Lan party?
What has been your favourite travel destination so far and where would you definitely like to go?
I have relatives who are from Chile and I've travelled there with them before, which was great and something I want to do again sometime. Otherwise, New York City is high on my bucket list.
What is your favourite film / series?
When it comes to comedy series, the nerd in me comes out. Preferably something from the 90s. Since Seinfeld has been on Netflix since October, I already know what I'll be watching soon.
What are your three most important work utensils?
There are only 2, laptop and a whiteboard. Temporarily, I am currently working from a study that is not equipped with a whiteboard. The temptation to simply write on the wall paint increases every day.