This weekend 10 years ago I made a last-minute decision to participate in an event called Startup Weekend. Little did I know, that this event impacted my career choice big time. Since then, from a simple database administrator I went on to become a project manager, a freelancer and consultant, created a startup (and failed), application manager and head of IT. Not only that, I managed to get to meet great people, whom I still follow or connect with in social media up until now.
Not too long ago, only a handful companies (at least in Germany) offered their employees a possibility to work from home, without having to provide legitimate reasons (acceptable reasons are usually kids sick, wait for a package or plumber, or have to go to a car mechanic near home).
But, as we all know, Corona changed that. We are all in lockdown.
A few years ago at the beginning of my 3-year freelancing journey, I just joined a project at a big, international marketing agency in Düsseldorf as a Business Intelligence Developer. This required me to stay in Düsseldorf Monday through Friday (at the time, WFH was not yet a thing) for 6 months. Back in Hamburg at almost the same time, someone I know asked me if I could help her optimizing and adding a few features on her website. No big deal, I thought.
2020 would have been great. Great sport events such as the Olympic, European Football Championship should have taken place in this year. Metallica would have had a concert in the city where I live (although I haven’t got the ticket). I might have grown the Technology team I was (still am) in charge of. 2020 itself is a great number. But then the Corona virus came and changed everything.
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