Jonas started at CHECK24 as a student scholarship holder and now works as a student trainee in software development. In the interview, he provides exciting insights into his time as a student scholarship holder and reveals why he recommends gaining practical experience while still studying.
Hi, I'm Jonas, 20 years old, and I'm in my third semester of studying mathematics with a minor in computer science at TUM. I have also worked at CHECK24 in Munich since the summer of 2021. I was lucky enough to learn to program early and pass this on as a volunteer programming teacher at the Youth Programming Centre in Munich.
Due to my existing programming experience, my computer science teacher recommended the CHECK24 student scholarship. As a result, I gained some initial work experience during a more extended internship in this context. In addition, we student scholarship holders were also offered a small working student job during upper school.
I work at CHECK24 in a central data science team. One of my main tasks was developing and programming an internal library, which is already being used productively in several projects. I was mainly motivated by the team's trust in me and openness toward my design suggestions. At the same time, I was also allowed to implement my own experiments to improve our machine-learning projects, whereby my work was very research-oriented and scientific.
The scholarship was a very positive experience for me. As part of the program, there was a talk by Kostas, our CTO, where we learned how important it is to gain professional experience during your studies. In addition, I have always been very enthusiastic about my current work because I can delve deeply into the subject while maintaining sight of an application's purpose.
At CHECK24, I can see how individual decisions impact the long term, and I like that.
Jonas, working student software development
In addition to gaining professional knowledge, working on larger projects as a team was a welcome novelty for me, as I had previously instead implemented my own small hobby projects. Furthermore, teamwork brings new challenges, such as good documentation or integration into existing projects.
The opportunity to work on long-term projects that are used productively is precious to me, especially in contrast to university. Unlike a weekly task sheet, I see how individual design decisions play out over time and take on much more responsibility.
I always wanted to be an inventor when I was a child.