Maya has been working at CHECK24 as a DevOps Engineer since summer 2020. In this interview, she talks about her absolute favourite technology and gives an exciting tip on how career starters can beat the competition.
Hi, I'm Maya, 29 years old, and I've been working at CHECK24 in the Cards and Accounts department as a DevOps Engineer since August 2020. During my apprenticeship as an electronics technician for devices and systems, I realized that I would like to study computer science. So after my apprenticeship, I caught up on my A-levels and then studied media informatics in Berlin.
As a DevOps, I primarily administer our CI/CD systems. That means that I manage and update our Jenkins servers and also create new build scripts in case of change requests. In addition, I support our Developers with build issues or deployment questions. Together with my team, we also administer the rest of the server landscape - from the hardware in the data centre to the provisioning and maintenance of various services.
From an administrative point of view, I feel most comfortable with Linux and generally with open source solutions where there is active development and there are regular updates. Docker is also one of my absolute favorite technologies, as it extremely simplifies the administration effort for some applications.
Actually, I always have known! When I was a child, a friend of my parents gave me a computer as a gift, but on the condition that we disassemble and reassemble the PC together. At school, I became part of a student company that created websites for other schools in the region, which encouraged my interest beyond computer science classes.
You should definitely look for a student job during your studies where you can gain practical experience. The knowledge advantage is really priceless for later career entry. I worked parallel to my studies from the first semester onwards and realised relatively quickly that I learn much more through practical work than with my studies alone. In addition, it is easier for working students to start a career after graduation because they already have a lot of experience on top of their theoretical knowledge.