They bring the future to public administration: Tassilo Lorbiecki, 33 years old, E-Government Consultant in the Bechtle IT system house Regensburg/Munich. In this interview, Tassilo reveals what his daily work in the public sector is like, what skills he needs for his job, and what excites him about Bechtle.
More than 12,800 people from 100 nations work for the Bechtle Group in 14 European countries. We are many and varied—a fact that is reflected in the diverse number of career opportunities. In this series of blogs, we are going to give you a peek behind the scenes of some positions. And there’s no-one better for the job than our colleagues themselves.
As an e-government consultant, I mainly advise in the area of public administration, also known as the public sector. I support public authorities in becoming more digital. This means that I discuss their goals with them and where the use of new technologies is worthwhile for them to become more efficient and flexible.
Currently, for example, I am advising the decision-makers of a state capital and a federal state. We are developing a digitalisation strategy together and I'm helping them find the right IT products and show them how to use them profitably. Among other things, this involves the implementation of the Online Access Act. But we also look at the IT infrastructure and in-house systems and processes and make them fit for the future.
I work very closely with our IT and cloud architects, sales and marketing. My field is a highly interdisciplinary one because we are all experts in our respective fields, we learn a lot from each other. Of course, we are not always of the same opinion, because we look at new projects from different angles. But that is exactly what enriches the cooperation and the project in the end.
You should be flexible and empathetic, because as consultants we have a lot contact with people. At the same time, a high affinity for IT and technology topics and a fundamental understanding of the interaction of new technologies are required. But I think the most important ingredient is a sense of curiosity. I read everything I can get my hands on about digitalisation and the public sector. It is important to think outside the box. In addition, I regularly continue my education at congresses or in seminars, including at the Bechtle Academy. The range here is broad and tailored to the variety of different roles we have.
There’s one thing that's very important. And that’s experience. I, for example, have already worked for several years in leading positions in public administration and digitalised processes and services there. This knowledge is invaluable. But people who are just starting out in their careers or those who have made a career change can also become consultants. More important than experience is motivation. The routine establishes itself over time.
The potential of the company and my job, which I felt immediately during the interviews and still feel today. My position was newly created at that time, which still offers me a lot of creative freedom. No matter what new ideas or wishes I have: As a rule, they are received openly, put through their paces and, if sensible, implemented. And I think that’s great. For example, I am currently building up my own team together with which I want to manage the many digitalisation projects.
As strange as it sounds for the consulting sector: I work from 9 to 5. In addition, I have the freedom to decide every day whether I go to the office or prefer to work at home or even in a completely different place. I can also plan my appointments very independently and am perfectly networked with customers and colleagues remotely. In my team, we take the idea of a work-life balance very seriously—it’s not optional.
I don’t want to do without the Bechtle spirit that I’ve experienced since day one—especially in my new team.