Interview with Paul Pelludat
Paul Pelludat, 2020 Master's degree in Business Information Systems, Sales
What comes to mind when you think back to Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences?
Professors at eye level. Teamwork. I learned a lot from fellow students and was able to share my knowledge in turn.
Why did you decide on this degree program?
I wanted to learn how to use computer science to solve business problems.
On which subject did you focus on for your studies?
I focused primarily on software development in my Bachelor's studies. Later I focused on management.
What experiences did you gain from your studies?
A special feature of the program was the application project. Here, a real project is implemented by a team over the course of the semester in cooperation with a company.
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How did you fare after graduation?
As a venture analyst at Freigeist VC, I looked for the next promising startups in Europe that would positively change our world in a technology-driven way. I also helped VC's portfolio companies tackle their challenges. Today I work in sales at Salesforce, the world's leading provider of customer relationship management systems.
How did you achieve your current position?
At the same time as studying, I worked as an IT consultant developing software at SAP and Exxeta AG. By this experience and my training prior to my studies, I realized that I enjoy the most customer contact. Therefore, my goal to go into enterprise sales of software was clear.
What in particular do you enjoy about your work?
Every customer poses different challenges. Finding out what they are and how we can solve them together is what I enjoy most.
In which way do your studies influence you current work?
With understanding how a business works in general and how technology can be used to make life easier.
Would you say you have turned your hobby into a career?
Definitely a yes. My friends often describe me as a networker. I've also always been interested in IT of all kinds. My profession combines exactly that.
In retrospect, would you do anything differently in your life?
I am very satisfied with my choice of studies. I would work less in addition to my studies and savour my studies more.
What would you like to share with students or prospective students?
The degree program offers an excellent foundation for settling in a variety of professions. Everything is possible, from software development, consulting, research, marketing and sales to starting your own business. My advice is to gain as much insight as possible through internships and working student activities in different areas and types of companies. This is the best way to find out what suits you.
Do you have any other tips for students about to start a career?
Use the contacts that you have. They often help get an interview with the right person.
Anything else you'd like to share?
Going to university is not a race. Rather, it's a time to grow. It's important to take time to pursue your own interests in addition to regular lectures. There are many groups at university with exciting projects. The Student Council and AStA make it possible to actively participate in the program and to shape the campus as a whole, they are perfect for networking. I also absolutely recommend spending a semester abroad - I will never forget my semester in Mexico.