Current position and company: Big Data Engineer at Raiffeisen Bank International
Home/Host School: WU / Ivey
After Gregor-Patrick finished his studies at WU in 2012 he worked as Marketing Implementer and Analyst for Shell Germany and Hutchinson 3 Austria. In 2016 he decided to pursue a degree in Informatics specializing in Data Science while working full time as Technical Engineer for T-Mobile Austria before becoming a Data Engineer in finance.
In which way is your current role different than you expected it to be?
From a CEMS perspective my current role is different in almost every aspect since I currently hold a programming role within IT. I guess that when I was young, which was during the time when dinosaurs roamed the wilds, I would have expected to become someone like Gordon Gekko from Wallstreet. In fact, I needed to evolve into someone more like Dr. Sheldon Cooper. Today, I can proudly say that I am nothing short of a geeky nerd.
How has your CEMS experience helped you in fulfilling your current role?
Although the CEMS curriculum is scientifically oriented towards economics and yields solid insights I found the super soft skill of socializing outside class rooms most valuable. From my point of view CEMSees are able to bond quickly as they are used to diversity. Also, adapting to change and finding friends quickly is an asset. Only now, six years after my CEMS graduation, I realize that people want to do business primarily with people they like and trust rather than people who appear competent and are indifferent to one’s motivations.
Which is your favorite leisure time activity on WU campus?
The old campus was not really inviting regarding leisure activities. However, I quite vividly recall chatting, with CEMSees and friends in the happy color room on the 5 th floor.
Which were your favorite 3 CEMS-moments?
What comes to my mind first are the graduation pre-party and the graduation after-party. Then there are the CEMS parties in the dormitories. And last but not least I have very fond memories of the CEMS Waltzing Days. Personally, I have rarely felt the same sense of togetherness outside CEMS.
What has your CEMS experience taught you about life?
I guess I realized that I am incompatible with the consulting profession. Through CEMS I learned to differentiate between extrinsic motivation (goals others want me to pursue) and intrinsic motivation (defining and pursuing my own goals). John Lennon put it this way: “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life”. John Lennon
If you started all over with CEMS, what would you do different?
I would go for an additional degree in computer science right away in conjunction with CEMS.