As a developer for kernel drivers, I am responsible at Rohde & Schwarz for the smooth communication between hardware and software in our high-performance measuring equipment. It is the market environment itself that makes the work exciting, since the frequency bands are continuously filling up and standards change every four to five years. For the performance of my complex tasks, running helps as a counterbalance. From my regular training I draw agility, endurance and stamina. These properties transfer well into working life, because, just as in a marathon, in a complex development environment you have to keep a strong focus at all times however remote the goal may be.
Incidentally, I took up running while I was still studying, because I wanted to do something for myself besides learning theory. My sporting portfolio has broadened in recent years: Today I even have two trainer certificates from the Bavarian Athletics Association and train both young and adult amateur and competitive athletes in the area of running. Of course this private interest demands time. For an optimal balance between job and private life, one needs understanding and an optimal work environment on the part of the employer, as well as open communication and responsibility for their own interests on the part of employees. I have found this environment at Rohde & Schwarz.
Not only thanks to a flexi-time model without core time. But rather because my superiors make sure, in the implementation of work-life-balance, that every staff member can concentrate entirely on their performance and not just on their presence at work. I have also actively contributed to the establishment of this balance. Therefore, I discussed with my project leaders and superiors as to how my activity as a trainer could best be reconciled with my work. I have a 35 hour working week and in addition I spend up to 15 hours a week on my commitments as a trainer. The system that I developed with my bosses works very well. Everyone knows how much time I can spend per week on which project as everyone is informed on my available hours.
Dr. Martin Wirnshofer
Hardware Development Engineer
"The tasks are varied and challenging – in terms of planning but also in their execution. I learn more every day – that is what distinguishes a fulfilling job for me."
"The fascination of my work is to be involved with technical product innovations and to experience technical progress in this area on a daily basis. For example, with the very latest, most advanced smartphone generation that has not yet been launched on the market."