Life is full of challenges and opportunities. TUM alumni revealed to us in a survey* how they deal with them.
65,1 % When I have to do something that I have never done before.
56,8% When I have to do someting I think I can’t do (well).
44% When I have to do something I don’t want to do.
37,8% When I am in an unfamiliar environment or among people I don’t know.
26,3% When processes change so that I suddenly have to do something differently than before.
When TUM Alumni are asked to take on a task they’ve never done before, they…
47,3% … try not to think of everything that can happen, but start calmly and take one step at a time.
42,2% … first need a well thought out plan. This makes them feel confident.
39,5% … look for allies who encourage them or who help them.
Anything new is exciting
31,9% of the TUM Alumni* consider any challenge to be a new opportunity.
Logbooks and Chronicles – This is how TUM Alumni record their projects
47,3% of the TUM alumni keep a record of new projects on their computer or tablet.
44,2% use their notebook for this purpose.
- Holding an important lecture before a large, distinguished audience.
- Pushing through a high school education for my autistic son.
- Overcoming personal character traits that had been in the way.
- Learning German.
- Managing a 750 million US project.
- Moving from working at university to working in an industry job.
- Finding a job after graduating.
- Leadership in times of the pandemic.
- Renovating my own home.
- Taking care of my father when he was dying.
- Living in South Korea for six months.
- Giving emergency medical care to a severely injured person in a road accident.
- A conversation concerning a very long festering conflict.
- Bringing my never-ending doctoral dissertation to a close.
- Succeeding as a father and grandfather.
- Establishing myself professionally and being successful.
- My mother’s death.
- Taking on and managing a new department with twelve employees.
- Studying at TUM.
- Career change from electronics developer to IT manager.
- Remaining faithful to my really great wife.
- Coming to terms with my own chronic illness and accepting it, yet remaining positive and not losing the zest for life.
- The birth and surgery of my first son, who had a heart defect.
- Running a planning office on my own.
- Earning a doctorate while working full time and having a family.
- Caring for my grandchild.
- Leaving a good job.
- First business trip abroad, alone, as a young professional.
- Losing blind trust in supervisors, and instead carving out my own paths, thereby achieving goals more effectively than before.
- Birth of the first child.
- When my business partner suddenly passed away.
- Despite being shy, I stood at the counter as an intern at a branch bank and served complete strangers.
- My bachelor thesis.
- Building a house while taking care of three small children.
- Advancing innovations in a government-like organization without killing anyone.
- Deciding to go to university despite my parents wanting me to do an apprenticeship.
- Confronting a person who means a lot to me.
- Restarting my career after losing my job and being sick for over six months.
- Crossing the Alps on the North Sea / Black Sea watershed.
- Choosing the right time to retire.
- Basically, always the last one. All previous ones then seem smaller in comparison, because you have already overcome them.
- Change jobs.
- Leave Europe.
- Cross the Alps from Vienna to Nice.
- Implement inventions that are floating around in my head.
- Start my own company.
- Take a chance on a new career.
- Buy real estate.
- Drive a car with several 100 HP.
- Take singing lessons.
- Visit Cuba.
- Do home improvement or get a glider pilot’s license.
- Climb the Alpspitze.
- Ride a bike across the Alps to Italy. Without an electric motor.
- Vacation in Scotland and the Baltic States.
- Get a PPL pilot’s license.
- Learn how to program mini-computers and build complex circuits.
- Go on a bike tour by myself.
- Build up a business of my own.
- Heliskiing in the Rocky Mountains.
- Climb the Matterhorn.
- Work abroad for a while.
- Rally driving with a professional.
- Play the piano.
- Climb Mont Blanc.
- Invent a game.
- Live in New York for a while.
- Become a paramedic.
- Laser eye surgery.
- Contact relatives who are at odds with close relatives.
- Make a long-term plan for my finances.
- Travel north and experience the midnight sun, together with my wife in a VW van.
- Learn to fly an airplane.
- Clean up my desk.
- Build a sustainable wooden house.
- Just do nothing for a change.
- Travel from Vladivostok to Moscow on the Transsib.
- Reunite family that is scattered around.
- A pilgrimage to Jerusalem by way of Rome.
- Move back to my hometown.
- Become politically active and initiate change.
- Acquire a time management system that really works for me.
- Travel to Kailash in Tibet and visit the sources of the four giant rivers.
- Plan my own home and contribute decisively to the construction.
- A trip to Antarctica.
- Play in an orchestra.
- I did everything I wanted to do