What made you choose Dornier as your employer?
I’ve been with Dornier since my internship semester as part of my degree course. Prior to studying, I trained as a banking clerk and then spent three years as a customer service advisor at the branch, so I knew the structures and mindset that prevail in large corporations. I didn’t want to work in a large concern again, so that straight away counted out a lot of big names. And anyway, this time I was looking for a consulting firm in Berlin, as I was interested in getting to know that sector. I’ve always had a great personal interest in mobility, railways and transport in general, and so I was really pleased when Google came up with Dornier as a mid-sized consulting company dealing with mobility and rail. That led to me joining Dornier Consulting in 2011.
What path have you taken through the company so far?
I’ve worked my way up through all the positions that have presented themselves so far here at Dornier. I started off in 2011 as an intern as part of my bachelor degree course, then stayed on as a student trainee and wrote both of my theses at Dornier. Having completed my studies, I joined the company for real in 2014 as a full-time Junior Consultant. I was promoted to Consultant in 2016 and have recently become a Senior Consultant.
Can you tell us a bit about what you do and about your team?
I’m part of Team Rail in the Business Line Mobility. We are an interdisciplinary team, bringing together backgrounds in technical, economic, business or traffic planning fields. This enables us to consider and discuss the tasks facing us in the projects from various perspectives. In general, we deal with a wide range of topics related to rail transport as well as with financing and organization issues. To cite just a few examples: We developed two railway master plans for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, detailing the gradual development of the network covering approx. 12,000 km up to the year 2040. Besides that, we determined the need for replacement investment for the rail infrastructure in Germany for the period 2020 to 2024 within the scope of an expert report on behalf of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport. And finally, Team Rail has developed proposals and solutions for the government of Kyrgyzstan, which is planning to organize its state railway in a holding structure along international lines.
My job as Senior Consultant mainly consists in contributing to the projects as a technical expert. I’m also project manager for some projects and topics and, of course, support and advise all members of the team in their day-to-day work wherever I can.