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Stefan Koch
@ Trivadis

Stefan Koch, business intelligence consultant and Microsoft trainer, discovered his fascination for IT working shifts as a police officer. He not only likes to switch between different tasks, but also between operating systems.

 

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I would describe myself as a total technophile. This is already evident in my rather unusual home office setting. I currently have six screens in front of me, which help me with my work. A professional microphone and loudspeakers make long calls more pleasant. And a stream deck with shortcuts allows me to switch quickly between different programmes. Depending on the task, I also choose the appropriate operating system, using Microsoft as well as Mac and Linux. I guess you could say IT has become sort of an everyday philosophy.

My days all look very different. I often switch between various client projects and have to react quickly when problems arise.

That sounds like a computer scientist through and through. And that's exactly what I am. Even though I discovered my passion for the whole IT topic relatively late. Before my time in this industry, I was a policeman for a long time, my childhood dream. I worked shifts and therefore always had some free time when others didn't. I started to use it for teaching myself new things – first to create websites for myself and colleagues, then to set up web and email servers. I wanted to understand more and more, to dive deeper. Finally, I decided to train extra occupationally as a computer scientist.

That paved my way into IT forensics at the police in Zug, an extremely exciting, instructive, but also challenging time. I saw many unpleasant things. Still, I wouldn't want to miss the time there. However, at some point I was drawn further, deeper into IT, so to speak. That's when I became aware of the Trivadis trainee programme. I applied and was accepted – looking back, a massive stroke of luck! That was three and a half years ago and now I'm a seasoned senior business intelligence consultant and hold courses as a Microsoft trainer.

I appreciate the flexibility and freedom. I am trusted to take on responsibility and organise my days myself. This allows me to take time for my family when others can't.

My days all look very different. I often switch between various client projects and have to react quickly when problems arise. Also, I am now godfather to our trainees and support them in all things administrative and technical, which I really enjoy. IT nowadays is still the way it was when I joined. There is a challenge, I do research, develop a solution and implement it. The sense of success when it works is what makes my job for me.

Apart from that, I appreciate the flexibility and freedom. I am trusted to take on responsibility and organise my days myself. This allows me to take time for my family when others can't. For example, I can spend an afternoon on empty ski slopes with them, which I then compensate for in the evening.

Professionally, I'm more of a "going the extra mile" type. I'd rather do too much than too little, I want to do things right, and I want to acquire new knowledge and apply it. I don't want to stand still but move forward. The ever-new challenges in my job allow me to do just that. And yes, I am rather meticulous when it comes to punctuality, especially in meetings. At least in that respect I seem to completely fulfil the Swiss cliché.

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