Postgraduate research student
I started working in 2003, on a three year bookseller apprenticeship, and then worked as a bookseller for a few years, most of the time in charge of the fiction department. When there was no work in my initial area of expertise, I worked as a commercial clerk, selling boxes for a distributor. Since I moved to the UK in 2011, I started a career in marketing, in a company that is specialised in the design and management of partner programs for global IT vendors. I first supported partners in Germany, then managed that project, then went on to manage clients and global projects.
Alongside this professional career, I completed my Bachelor's degree in cultural sciences, studying part time at FernUni Hagen - the German equivalent of the Open University. I had a strong focus on sociology and wrote my Bachelors thesis about how online media affect program development in political parties. I completed my BA, after six and a half years, in 2013. Since 2014 I am enrolled in the iPhD course in Web Science. I finished the MSc in September 2015, writing about decision-making processes in web-native or non-web-native parties. I am now in my second year of the PhD, writing about the introduction of online decision-making processes in the Green Party Germany.