Diana Schnetgöke


Challenge sought, job found

Uzain has been in a magenta environment for six weeks now. He had barely finished his Master’s thesis when he started his new role as a Junior In-Car Software Developer and was welcomed by his new team in Wolfsburg. In terms of content, the step wasn’t a big one. Uzain has already been dealing with automotive topics and software testing for a long time. In the interview, he tells us about his successful start to his career and which other tips he would like to give to other students and graduates.


Uzain starts his career as a junior in-car software developer at T-Systems.

Uzain, you’ve been a part of the T-Systems team now for about 6 weeks. How was your start?

Uzain: It’s sometimes a little bit surreal even though I’m already very involved in the projects. At least I was lucky enough to have signed my employment contract while I was still completing my Master’s thesis. My first few days were all about settling in at the company and familiarizing myself. My team and my manager showed me my workstation (with approx. 250 Deutsche Telekom and T-Systems employees, Wolfsburg is an important strategic location with close customer proximity). I met many colleagues and quickly spoke about private things with them at lunchtime which meant I quickly felt at ease on a personal level.

Your unit is responsible for in-car software development and vehicle-based diagnosis. Can you tell us a little bit more?

Uzain: T-Systems has been the IT and technology partner for the automotive sector for 25 years. Of course, we adapt to the increasing product complexity with respect to vehicles. This ranges from IT-backend, connectivity and infrastructure, to safety and security requirements. The team works on exciting, innovative topics such as software defined vehicles and CAN simulation tools and other projects that could define the automotive landscape in the coming years. I personally work on the CAN simulation tool.

How did T-Systems become a potential employer for you? The competition for highly-qualified graduates in this industry is exceptionally high.

Uzain: During my Master’s degree course, my lecturer recommended Deutsche Telekom’s and T-Systems’ CMD+O series of events. The special thing about this format is that the workshops are practical and not just theory-based. As contact with the experts who are operating in precisely the business that I concentrated on during my studies was important to me, I took part in the “connected car workshop” hosted by Marco Möhle. And, yes, I became aware of my current job through this contact.

And what was the deciding factor when it came to accepting the job offer from T-Systems?

Uzain: Firstly, the feeling I had when I left the CMD+O workshop. What also really stuck in my mind was also the positive feeling from many really motivated people working with modern technologies – something I didn’t see with other companies. And, of course, T-Systems’ huge product portfolio. At T-Systems, I can work on future topics that have a really disruptive character. I can really have an impact here. At the moment, my professional focus is on software testing in the automotive industry. But I know that I can take many different paths in the future thanks to T-Systems’ huge range when it comes to industry and technology.

Job entry at T-Systems
Are you a university graduate with ambitions and a desire to learn? You want to start your career like Uzain, take over responsibility, but also develop and learn more in regards to IT-driven content? Then become part of the T-Systems Graduate Program. Here, theory, practice and personal responsibility are optimally combined.