What was your motivation to enroll in MAFB?
After I was in the final stages of my bachelor's degree in childhood education, it was my wish to further deepen my competence profile (language education and development, professionalization of actors and quality development in the field of child day care) in a master's program. The research-oriented approach to topics of child development, but also to structures and frameworks of early childhood education practice, which underlies the MAFB, formed an optimal basis for me to further develop my professional knowledge. Along with this, I was convinced by the possibility of independent research and participation in existing research projects and the intensive exchange as well as supervision of students in small groups and colloquia.
What did you study before and how did your professional/academic career go?
In fact, I started studying business administration at the beginning, because I wanted to pursue a career in retail management due to my work in the retail industry while I was getting my vocational baccalaureate. However, my honorary positions at UNICEF and in a family support association at the time, as well as an internship in a daycare center for children, motivated me to make the switch and pursue my professional interest in the early childhood education field. I then studied childhood education at the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz in the Bachelor. Through my studies I was already able to gain a lot of professional and practical experience in differently pedagogically designed daycare centers and in the system control of FBBE. The master's program at MAFB offered me the opportunity to exchange and network with scientists nationally and internationally as well as to go through the entire research process independently. Overall, every step in this exciting field of work has encouraged me to have made the right decision.
What do you do today professionally?
I have recently successfully completed my studies at MAFB in the focus of practice development and transfer and am currently still enrolled at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. Currently, I continue to focus on my main topics in the areas of quality development, professionalization, linguistic education as well as practice transfer and strive for a future position through which I can further contribute and expand my professional and personal skills.