No matter the industry – medicine or logistics – Andrea Möhrke loves the creative process of developing prototypes and trying out new technologies. In this interview, the IT consultant tells us why she studied medical informatics but now works in the logistics industry.
Ms. Möhrke, what is your role at Lufthansa Industry Solutions?
I have been working as an IT consultant in and around Frankfurt am Main for the last two years. At the moment, I am assisting a major package delivery company on site in the area of IT services. Or, to be more precise: I iron out the kinks in a project’s technical design, or I expand the technical design to include new functions. Before this project, my colleagues and I developed an eTracking app for a customer. Customers can use this app to view the precise location of their package in real time.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
It’s developing prototypes that I really enjoy. I call it circus programming because it’s all about trying things out. At the beginning, I’m allowed to select the technology that I want to use, try things out and get creative – at the outset it’s just about giving a presentation. Then, when the project actually goes into development, you need staying power. At this stage, it’s the customer’s requirements that count, and I have to take it into account if the customer can’t work with the newest technologies, for example.
I simply enrolled in medical informatics although I didn’t know anything about informatics. At the start, I found software development really hard. But then it clicked and I found out that this job allows me to be unbelievably creative.Andrea Möhrke, IT consultant in business analysis / process consulting
How did you find out about this job? What did you do before?
I studied medical informatics at the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts. After that, I worked at a start-up for three years, first as a software developer and later as a product manager. I then founded a new start-up with my former managing director and assumed a leadership role as head architect and development manager. Before I switched to Lufthansa Industry Solutions, I worked as a product manager at a company in Mannheim for a patient portal.
How did you develop a passion for informatics?
I come from a family of doctors and pharmacists. I couldn’t imagine working in any of those professions. Then I discovered medical informatics in a study guide. Although I didn’t know anything about informatics, I thought it sounded exciting. I had a computer and a modem, but that was about it. At the start, I found software development really hard. But then it clicked and I found out that this job allows me to be unbelievably creative.
And after your studies and your many stations in the medical industry, what made you switch to logistics?
Medicine is a very risky market. The road from prototype to product is very long and involves a lot of presentations. Projects often fail due to a lack of funds. After nine years, I wanted to see something else. Since I’ve been working for Lufthansa Industry Solutions, I’ve started saying: Now I do packages.
What attracts you to the logistics industry?
In the beginning, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. The logistics industry found me because I wanted to work in Frankfurt. But now logistical pathways excite me. Delivering packages is very complex. Many of the processes involved take place just in time, which means that they have to be carried out in a very structured way.
It’s developing prototypes that I really enjoy. I call it circus programming because it’s all about trying things out.Andrea Möhrke
IT consultant business analysis / process consulting
What do you like about your employer?
I really like the flat hierarchies and the way that we show that we appreciate one another. I can contribute my ideas at any time and I receive support. I hadn’t experienced the latter in this form, as I had always worked at small companies. For example, during my annual competence meetings, we look at the direction I want to develop in and find out what kind of training and which conventions will make it easier to get there. At the moment, I am focusing on the technical aspect of my work as a consultant. But I also continue to receive certification in project management so that I can take on greater responsibilities in the area of organization in the future.
Since October 2014, Andrea Möhrke has been working as an IT consultant with a focus on business analysis/process consulting in the Courier, Express and Package Services (CEP) division of Lufthansa Industry Solutions. Before that, Möhrke had worked as a software developer and product manager in start-ups and smaller companies in the medical industry for ten years. She laid the cornerstone of her career while pursuing her degree in medical informatics at the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts.