For Andreas, programing is the key to life’s mysteries. He’s thought that since college. He says that it’s possible to programme a way out of most types of problem.
Andreas has worked at LearningWell for almost 20 years. He belongs to the generation that grew up with Vic 20, ABC 80 and Commodore 64, which gives an idea of how old he is. While he does have several different tasks, he spends most time on programing. “It’s what energises me at work. I like solving technical problems through programing. I’m also involved in project planning, system design, conducting recruitment interviews, and reviewing candidates’ code.”
He says that in the future we will probably have many more applications for computers than we can possibly imagine today. For this we’ll need even more advanced software and control systems. But he doesn’t think that programming will be enough to face all these challenges.
“A programmer’ task is considerably easier when there is a logical reality to follow. A good example of the opposite of this is how holiday pay is calculated. This is something that a programmer will never understand because there’s no logical explanation for it,” he says and laughs.
The energy of the flow
Andreas is passionate about building things. To achieve something intellectually. “I often feel pleased and proud about work. The downside is that you don’t immediately see the result of what you’re doing. It’s difficult to take an extra fast and elegant algorithm home and show it to your wife. It would have been easier if I’d been a carpenter.”
He explains that last summer he read a book by Linus Jonkman about how you are as a person and where you get your energy.
“Introverts derive their energy and satisfaction from immersing themselves in the flow. Isolating yourself and solving a problem. The reward is that you achieve something there. I see that in me.”
In his free time Andreas does triathlons and swimruns. Swimrun is exactly what it sounds like: races where running is interspersed with swimming. Andreas says he has an aptitude for pushing himself that little bit further. “When the kids were smaller I didn’t manage to exercise as much. Now they’re older, I’m exercising more again because I have more time on my hands.”
Plenty of reasons to enjoy work
Andreas says there are lots of things he likes about his job. For example, that LearningWell is a relatively small company with a flat structure.
“If everyone at the office goes out for a meal, nobody can tell who our boss is. They’d probably guess wrongly several times before they pointed out Peter. I like that. What’s more, Peter is so secure in himself that he doesn’t need to assert himself. He’s more like a colleague than a boss. It makes it very uncomplicated and straightforward to work here.”
Andreas says that he seldom needs to think about what someone else thinks or feels.
“The atmosphere is such that we chat to each other about those issues that do crop up. I like that. And we’re a small, focused team, able to do things larger companies can’t. Even if they have the muscle, they’re less agile. They find it harder to adapt.”