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Employee Success Story: Alexander Tscharre

Project Manager Optical Technologies

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Please introduce yourself, your work at WILD and your studies?

I have been working as a project manager for optical technologies at WILD since 2015, where I am in charge of planning, organisation and overseeing of various customer projects.

At the same time, I am studying industrial engineering and management at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, where I am gaining in-depth training in economic sciences, with a particular focus on innovation and manufacturing management.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Actually, there is no such thing as a typical day in project management, since each and every day brings with it completely new challenges. What is essential for customers is that I am the constant who is on hand to support them in each project phase. This ranges from processing new queries on the basis of the customers’ technical specifications, preparation of the corresponding calculations and offers to the systematic execution of the projects. My responsibilities also include controlling and administration in the team, as well as change management.

You will be completing your bachelor’s degree at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences this summer. To what extent are you already benefiting from the knowledge you have acquired there?

During the course of my studies, I have been able to develop a set of relevant skills, including a better understanding of internal processes and expertise in the areas of manufacturing management and logistics, presentation technology, marketing and organisation. All of this is proving to be of great help when it comes to an even more forward-looking planning and development of projects.

How has WILD supported you during your studies?

WILD encouraged me in my decision and provided me with the opportunity to take a sabbatical for a period of two years. Flexible working time provisions also allow me to reconcile my job and my studies.

What is your advice for everyone who wants to begin studying alongside their job? What is important in being able to manage this enormous challenge? 

You definitely need good time management skills, perseverance and the support of your family and your employer.