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Name: Maximilian Lehrbaum
Where do you live? Vienna, Austria and Starnberg, Germany
Education: HTL Ungargasse 2011-2016
Certifications: CCNA R&S V5 (In Progress)
What languages do you speak? German, English
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How did you find your interest for Networking – how would you describe it?
I like to understand how technology is supporting the internet. For me it is fascinating how technology changes almost everything and how people work together to build solutions.
How do you study and learn? How do you motivate yourself?
I use technical books, my notes taken in school to support what was tough in the lesson. My motivation is to have the knowledge to succeed in my work life and a lot of things just happen to be my hobby as well.
Why are you interested in connecting and working together with people from different countries and with different backgrounds in a team?
Having spent time in Austria, Germany, US and India made me see things a bit different and geographical flexibility is becoming more and more important in the IT industry. Many companies work across different countries.
Did you ever think about starting your own company and be an entrepreneur?
If yes, what would be your own business? What is your motivation?
Not yet, maybe once I gain some work experience. It might be easier to work on stuff that I like.
What are some of the challenges you expect to face as an entrepreneur?
Technology will not be enough, it also requires a good understanding of economics. And money will be important to start with a new idea.
What are your hobbies?
Programming, Reading, Swimming
What are your goals?
Finishing the school with good grades, going to a good university and successfully participate at the Skillzaustria competition. After education I hope to find an interesting job in an international IT company.
Who are the persons who support you most? What did they help you to achieve?
Within the family my father who arranged interesting internships, my mother continuously motivating me to work harder for school and my brother who I can ask for help on math and general informatics problems. At school many of the teachers try to support me with extra material and exercises.
What was the wisest thing anyone ever told you and what did it lead to?
If you don’t find the solution, you don’t search hard enough. It leads me to make more research if I have a problem and I always want to know how to find the best solution to make it work.
What would you like to ask the person who is your greatest inspiration?
How he motivates himself and what where his steps to realize his ideas.
PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AND VALUES
Have you ever lived in another country than your current place of living for more than a year?
I am currently living partially in Austria and partially in Germany, because we moved to Germany when I was 2 years old and about three years ago I came back to Austria to attend a special kind of technical colleges which does not exist in Germany. Although never for a complete year in one country but I have also spent 8 months in the US and 8 months in India when my father was on job assignments there.
Do you have friends from a country other than your own?
Other than regular friends in Germany and Austria I have also two friends in Albanian. I got to know them during their one semester long stay in Vienna during which they lived in the same boardinghouse as me and I sometimes helped them with problems at school.
Have you ever cooked a meal (by yourself) for more than 20 people?
At the gymnasium we had to take turns at cooking for the rest of the group when we were at our school trip. With some experience on how to make Austrian sweets I had an advantage and everyone survived.
Have you ever had a pet?
I had a rabbit for the first few years of my life which was finally eaten by a stray dog. With the cat I have now this is not going to happen again.