Interview with Holger S.
What did you study and how did you end up dropping out?
I started studying computer science in 2002. I did well in my studies, but in the end I put off writing my thesis for years without even starting. At the end of 2015, I had myself de-registered. On the one hand, I could no longer afford to study, but much more important was the realisation that even if I somehow continued to study, I would still just keep putting off the thesis.
How did you come to CIB?
While on unemployment benefits, you have to write a set number of applications per month. At the end of the month, I noticed that I was missing one more application. So I sent a standard application to CIB. CIB itself didn’t tell me anything at all and I didn’t assume I would be invited. At that point, I had already been looking for a year and had quickly realised that no one was willing to give dropouts a chance. But then the interview really surprised me, and I can say with full conviction that it was the best I had all year. For one thing, they had really read my cover letter, i.e. they didn’t ask me any questions about knowledge that I had already ruled out in my cover letter. Secondly, they made the effort to understand why I hadn’t finished my studies. Unlike with other employers, I didn’t have the feeling that I was constantly being asked.
In which department did you start and how did you get started?
I started in software development, where I developed a small tool. Even though I was largely able to decide on the implementation myself, I still sat directly with the other developers, who helped me with any problems.
Where are you now?
At a customer as an IT consultant or developer and as a contact person and supervisor for new CIB colleagues who are being trained at the customer.
What do you like most about CIB?
The friendly way colleagues interact with each other. Even if you don’t have the qualifications on paper, you are still listened to and your own opinion counts. The lack of a degree is not interpreted negatively.
What tips do you have for dropouts?
If you have justified doubts about whether you can or will complete your studies, it’s better to drop out in good time! It took me 6 years to realise this. If you are thinking about dropping out, you should simply ask around to see what your chances really are without a degree.
Thank you for sharing your experience with us!