I will regret becoming a civil engineer

From apprentice to civil engineer

Construction site and lecture hall: Markus Lechner knows both. The civil engineer student initially trained as a carpenter. The detour turns out to be by no means a disadvantage. On the contrary.

"Unconventional" - that is how Markus Lechner calls his path to study. Because initially the 24-year-old from Tittmoning, a small town in Chiemgau on the border with Austria, had completely different plans. "After I graduated from secondary school, it was clear to me that I would be training to be a carpenter in my uncle's company." First as an apprentice, later as a journeyman, he sawed wooden panels, sunk nails into beams, and built roof racks. Packed with ambition, he also tackled the carpenter's exam. With success. In the meantime he has exchanged construction sites for lecture halls. Thanks to a resolution by the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs, which has improved access to university studies for those with professional qualifications, he is studying civil engineering at the Technical University of Munich.

The Deutschlandstipendium is now helping him out. "The cost of living in Munich is very high, so I need additional help," says Markus Lechner. In order to finance his studies, he previously had to fall back on reserves, work as an assistant at the university and tackle the semester break in his former training company.

Today he by no means regrets his detour from teaching to studying. On the contrary. "I can now explain many things more easily to myself, understand connections, which leads to real aha effects in the lecture. And since I now know both sides, I see myself as a mediator between practitioners and scientists."

He is proud to have been selected for the Germany Scholarship by so many students at the Technical University of Munich. "I'm very happy to be one of the few who have received a scholarship." His sponsor, the BayWa Foundation, has already invited Markus Lechner to an introductory day for scholarship holders. "It's great that the scholarship allows you to make a lot of contacts."