Masters in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Moved to Christchurch:
Why did you choose to move to Christchurch?
I had initially decided to move from Germany to Auckland as I thought this would be where the most opportunities for work would be. But I then started touring around New Zealand and once I got to Christchurch I knew my journey had ended and this was where I would settle. I just love the vibe of the city – it feels like it is very alive. All the pop-up stuff is exciting like the washing machine dance floor. There is heaps to do in Christchurch and all the surrounding areas.
What does your company do?
We design and manufacture products in the mobile medical market.
What does your job involve?
I am a Systems Engineer, in this role I get to be in the middle of the design work and interacting with other departments such as marketing.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I mostly enjoy working with the people, it feels like a big family. There is a lot of variety in my job, this makes it interesting and you get to learn new things every-day. I get to develop products that help people live better lives. I love that the company is big on innovation and the latest technology.
How do you see your career progressing?
The pathway is clearly defined. After I have gained more experience in my design role and have achieved a piece of work of my own I would like to progress to an intermediate level engineer.
Tell us about your lifestyle in Christchurch:
Fun at work:
We have an active social club that organises many events such as car rally’s and marathons. We also have a foosball table that can get quite competitive! I got the trophy once but quickly lost it. Lunchtimes are great, we all sit together at one long table in our courtyard, it’s particularly good on a sunny day.
Fun outside of work:
I’m involved in volleyball and I go swimming and biking. Plus I love going to the gym. There are wonderful running tracks in the Port Hills and on the beaches. I am a bit of a fitness freak and Christchurch is great for that as there is always some event on to get involved in.
You are not treated as a stranger in New Zealand – people are very friendly.
Life in Christchurch:
There is a different attitude to life here that what I am not used to, it is very positive and you very much live in the moment.