From a working student to a site manager - Interview with Fabian Fischer
Fabian is 26 years old and recently finished studying architecture at the Darmstadt University of applied sciences. After completing his master’s degree, he is now working for Planen & Bauen GmbH in Bensheim as a permanent employee in construction management. In this Interview, Fabian will tell us about his studies and how he started his career as a regular employee and his current situation.
What’s your name and where are you from?
“My name is Fabian Fischer, I am 26 years young and grew up in Kirschhausen, a district of Heppenheim. Currently I live in Heppenheim an der Bergstraße.”
What do you like best about Planen & Bauen GmbH? How did you find out about Planen & Bauen GmbH?
“I find that there is a strong cohesion in the office. I already learned to appreciate this as a student. If you have any questions or need to know something, there will always be someone to help, and you will never be alone with your problems. On the other hand, you can also take responsibility and grow from your own actions.
I became aware of Planen & Bauen because I do the same sport as the management assistant in Bensheim and we therefor already knew each other outside of work. When he found out I was studying architecture, we started talking and he arranged an interview for me. Since everything went well, I was able to start as a working student at Planen & Bauen GmbH. That was four years ago already.”
When did you realize you wanted to study something related to architecture?
“Studying architecture was already my dream back in secondary school. Back then, I did some internships in architecture and interior design offices. These really excited me and made me realize that this would be the way to go for me.”
What do you like most about your studies?
“The whole creative design process through to the completion of an object. The thought that originates in the head, which is brought to paper with a pencil as a sketch, then further developed in the model and drawing program, and finally emerged as a physical building or space. In short: the design idea that develops spatially in a perceptible and tangible way."
What does your current everyday work-life look like?
"While studying full-time, it was sometimes difficult to clear my head of the other both at work and at university. In the end, I feel it was right for me, as I was able to find my way into practice early during my studies. This made it easier for me to combine practice and theory and to apply theoretical knowledge and expand my understanding of certain procedures and processes.”
What did you do before you started your studies?
"I went to secondary school and then did my vocational baccalaureate in construction technology at the Heinrich Metzendorf School in Bensheim. After that, I first did a Bachelor of Arts in architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt and then built on that to do a Master of Engineering."
Where did you complete the theoretical part of your studies?
“I studied at the university in Darmstadt, the had (former FH).”
How do you see your development opportunities for the future?
“Good question. First of all, I find it important to settle in the fulltime job and am able to successfully complete my projects. The next step for me is to become a member of the ‘Architekten- und Stadtplanerkammer Hessen (AHK)’ and therefor collect points and practical experiences.
What advice can you give others who want to study something in your field?
“Run! …just kidding, I can advise a dual study program. From my personal experience, I only see advantages in terms of theory and practical work. I find it makes it much easier to start a career. Theoretically, there is no difference between theory and practice. But practically, there is.”
What do you do in your free time?
“My passion is rope skipping, the acrobatic rope skipping. I have been a part of the TG Rüsselsheim for about 20 years. Our greatest successes have included setting German records as well as European and world championship titles.
In addition to that, I really enjoy cooking and traveling to all sorts of places. I prefer sightseeing holidays (and looking at all kinds of different architecture), rather than taking a beach holiday.”
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