Career Profile

It must have been around 1997 when i inserted a Linux floppy disk into a computer for the first time. A lot has changed in those 20 years since then, but my love for Linux, and enthusiasm while working with it, has not.

I took on my first paid job as a System Administrator about 2 years later - without really knowing what i was doing, but still managing to set up a web and mail hosting server for external customers at a local IT company - i knew that this was the career i wanted to pursue.

After finishing school and military duty, i applied for an apprenticeship in the IT deparment at a television station in Cologne, then moved with them to Berlin after they were bought by an international corporation, and continued working for them for over 10 years - of which 2 years were partially spent in their offices in Amsterdam - rising from the initial position as a Desktop Support Engineer back to System Administrator, and finally to Senior System Administrator.

Coming to the realization that 10 years at one company is a very long time, and that i would rather prefer to work in a fast(er) paced and more technology-oriented business, i decided to leave the broadcast sector and move to online services. Back to where i started, where i love to work.

In 2015 the launch of a new product, intentionally separated from everything we had done before, finally gave me the opportunity to teach myself "How to Cloud". So today i am continuously integrating and delivering microservices in containers to our infrastructure-as-code defined cloud platform, while monitoring both the system health and service performance.

Exactly what i always wanted to do.

Experiences

DevOps Engineer

August 2017 - present
FlixMobility GmbH, Berlin

Senior System Administrator

April 2014 - July 2017
Magic Internet GmbH, Berlin

Senior System Administrator

October 2013 - March 2014
Viacom International Media Networks Germany GmbH, Berlin

System Administrator

April 2013 - September 2013
Viacom International Media Networks Germany GmbH, Berlin

Digital Media Specialist

June 2011 - March 2013
Viacom International Media Networks Netherland BV, Amsterdam

Systems Engineer Broadcast Infrastructure

June 2009 - May 2011
MTV Networks Germany GmbH, Berlin

Desktop Support Engineer

June 2006 - May 2009
MTV Networks Germany GmbH, Berlin

Apprenticeship as IT Specialist for Systems Integration

2003 - 2006
VIVA Media AG, Cologne (2003-2005)
MTV Networks Germany GmbH, Berlin (2005-2006)

System Administrator

1999 - 2001
Duria Data, Düren

Skills & Proficiency

Linux

AWS

Docker

Terraform

Ansible

Windows

Projects

These are some of the projects i work on in my spare time, which may give you an idea what else i am interested in:

iSMS2droid - An Android app that allows you to migrate your iPhone messages to Android.
jan.photos - My photography portfolio.