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Martina Waldner
Martina Waldner
Senior Program Consultant & Alumni Management

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Career Steps - 4 Questions to Samantha Butz

We asked Samantha Butz four questions concerning her experience with the HECTOR School and her professional life.
Samantha Butz

Samantha Butz, SME Service Management & Engineering, IBM Global Business Services – Cognitive Business Decisions Support:
• Why did you decide on an extra-occupational master's program?

o Since I completed my bachelor's degree as a full-time student, I have lacked the practical experience both on my CV and with regard to my personal development.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in International Business and thus had no relation to technology. Through theory and practice, I am now more effectively trained for this industry and can reorient myself accordingly.
• What do you like particularly well about your chosen degree program and the university?

o It was important for me to concentrate 100% on practice and my studies. Thanks to the block phases offered by the HECTOR School, I can be fully involved in both the project and the university. In terms of content, I like the general insight into all the important management methods of a company and the insight into relevant tech solutions on the market (University Modules in Management/Information Technology).
• In which area do you work at IBM and what do you enjoy the most in practice?

o I am part of the Global Business Services ("Cognitive Business Decisions Support" service line), where I can educate myself further and unfold my talents, especially in the context of customer projects in data science and in front-end development. On the other hand, while working practical projects, I experience constant interaction with the customer.
• Up until now, what has been your highlight at Master@IBM?

o My highlight at Master@IBM is my personal experience of success, that I have gained profound technical understanding despite my Business Administration bachelor’s degree. Thus, after only one year of studying at the Master@IBM program, I am able to develop IT solutions - thanks to a high level of responsibility in projects, further education, certification in Python & JavaScript and the theoretical insight at KIT.