Where did life take you after Jacobs?
After graduating in Physics in 2012 from Jacobs University, I moved to Switzerland to obtain a master’s degree in Physics at ETH in Zurich. After that, I joined Accenture, a large technology and management consultancy, working as an Analytics Strategy Consultant. Since recently I have embarked on a sabbatical to discover my cultural roots in Thailand and start an educational business in the field of data science.
How come you are doing something very different from physics?
Though I am extremely interested in physics, having done both a bachelor and a master, I knew, the options with this background were vast. Jacobs with its transdisciplinary approach facilitated my openness to careers outside of physics. Working as an Analytics Strategy Consultant, I can combine different passions and skills of mine; technological understanding, ability of analytical and abstract thinking, working in diverse teams on complex problems. Now being on a sabbatical gives me time to dive deeper into the exciting field of data science (which a lot of physicists move into, by the way) while setting up a business and exploring Thailand.
What advice do you have for current students at Jacobs?
Dare to detour and explore different paths, opinions, and disciplines. Coming to Jacobs everybody is under great pressure to perform, and know exactly, where they are going. However, the truth is, careers and life paths are rarely linear or well-defined. There is no such thing as a grand masterplan, that you have to define and follow through. Instead, it is much more important to shape and follow your own core values and passions - and have faith, that this will guide you through life well. Jacobs is a great place to explore yourself and ultimately grow as a person.