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Our crush # 25 - Sascha Rissling (29): From audio engineer to web developer with the Web Development Bootcamp in Cologne

I grew up in Oberkirch in the Black Forest and dropped out of high school. In order to have a plan B in my pocket, I tried to train as an insurance salesman. But a rational decision is not the right basis for my career choice. So I decided to concentrate fully on the music. When I wasn't touring with my extreme metal band, with whom I was known in the underground scene, I accompanied other bands as sound technicians and tour guides across Europe. Although music gave me the most incredible experiences of my life, in my mid-twenties it became clear to me that touring life was finite. I decided to move from the Black Forest to Cologne. In Cologne I was able to do an apprenticeship as an audio engineer and thus had more opportunities to earn money with music. And without being constantly on the move. I decided to start my own business and found myself again at a dead end. Instead of professional fulfillment, I found stress. I had to take on jobs that I couldn't identify with. Like many musicians, I'm an idealist and that didn't correspond with the jobs I had to take for economic reasons. More and more I lost the joy of the job that I had hoped would make me happy. When I was in my late twenties, it was clear to me that I couldn't go on like this. The search for a new professional perspective continued. Now I was putting pressure on myself. That decision should sit well. I longed for a job that would bring me fun, financial security and, ideally, a permanent position. Because the years as an audio engineer taught me two things. For me it was not a good idea to turn my hobby into a job and I am not a born self-employed person.

I started the boot camp without any previous experience

When I became aware of new fische on Instagram, I felt immediately addressed, even though I had never programmed before. I've always been a tinkerer and I started reading up on web development. The more I read, the more interested I got in the boot camp. So I called neue fische to get to know the Cologne camp. I went there to take a look at the whole thing without obligation, have a coffee and learn more about the idea. I drove home after an interview including a coding exercise. When I was accepted for the camp, I grabbed it and I'm glad that my wife stood behind me the whole time and encouraged me. After all, school has never been my thing and it felt like I had to start all over at the age of 29. The boot camp only works if you really hang in there. The first ten days felt strange. Our course was a diverse group and we started with a wide variety of previous experiences and professional backgrounds. Since I've always been the observer, I let the course work on me first. But after ten days it sparked. There was no rivalry thinking in this group because, regardless of personal circumstances, we had the same problems to contend with. We were encouraged by the coaches, who made it clear to us from the very first minute that good programmers learn to work as a team. The cliché of a nerd sitting alone in his dark room has nothing to do with the profession of web developer. Good programs come about when many people work together and solve a problem together.

In the boot camp, I trusted the process and the coaches

Although I was never afraid of failure, these three months demanded everything from me. Despite the positive spirit, the boot camp felt anew every morning, like a particularly difficult Sudoku that had to be solved. I had to keep telling myself that it would be awesome when I trust the curriculum and the experiences of neue fische. For me, that also meant that I didn't have a plan B. Emotionally, I moved between despair and total surrender. Especially on days when I felt I didn't understand anything or couldn't find a solution, the group and coaches Leon and Marwin were the key to success. The coaches at neue fische provided me with the technical tools that we need as web developers. You have also given us a constructive error culture. Good programmers learn from mistakes. To this day, that is my guiding principle: “If you want to be successful, increase your rate of failure.” This realization and the encouragement of our coach teams that it is worthwhile to persevere and to trust in the experiences of the boot camp are important to me Raised at the end.

Music was the inspiration for my digital journeyman piece and the key to my dream job

We all started walking together, with different requirements. That was the way of learning in a team. After a short time, we got along really well as a team. This is most evident in the digital journeyman's pieces that emerge at the end of the journey. They give us the opportunity to show what we have learned. For me, the digital journeyman's piece was the way to get my job. Although I would never turn my hobby into a job again, it's all the more wonderful that music was the key for me. In order to finally be able to really make music together with my friends, I developed an instant messenger that not only enables recording, but is also a virtual band room. At the final event, I got into conversation with my current work colleague. He plays the guitar and we quickly realized that we were on the same wavelength. The interview resulted in an appointment for an interview, I got a dream job and couldn't feel more comfortable, because the chemistry with my other colleagues was right immediately.

I've never been so happy in a job

This is my personal happy ending, because when I went looking for a job at the end of the bootcamp, my first motto was: The main thing is to start first. Today I know it doesn't work that way. For my job at Awesome! Software GmbH, I made an intuitive decision based on my gut feeling. That was exactly right, because as a programmer, it is important to solve difficult puzzles, not to be afraid that this sometimes takes time and that mistakes are a natural part of the developer’s life. That is why every developer should be in a working atmosphere that allows exactly that and that is only possible if you feel comfortable. My job as a web developer is just right for me. I am happy, I want to develop myself further and I am glad that the boot camp opened the door to new fish for me. Programming fills me up and gives me the separation between work and profession that I have been looking for in recent years.

I would like to earn enough money with my job that I can offer another graduate the training

This path was only made possible with the support of my wife and in the end she was the one who encouraged me to accept the “late pay model” from neue fische in cooperation with the company of opportunities eG. She is a doctor and knew the idea of ​​Chance eG well. From the first year after completing the bootcamp, you pay back your tuition fee in income-related installments - and only if you are in a well-paid job. Because the opportunities eG is not a bank. Rather, it's about giving something back to the community that helped fund your education. The principle corresponds to the original idea of ​​the Bafög and I am proud that my application for funding was accepted. Unlike at a bank, I don't have to present a business plan, but rather bring the right motivation. For me, the concept of neue fische has worked out perfectly and I would like to make that possible for others as well. My goal is to earn enough money that I can not only repay my training, but also finance another applicant's training at neue fische.