Andreas, how did you get into the recruitment of designers?
I’ve always wanted to work in the human resources sector, and during my studies I came to recruitment through a working student position. I quickly realized that I enjoy communicating with designers. Whenever I had to fill design positions, I met very interesting characters and found it exciting to see how their careers were different from each other. I was lucky enough to often place international jobs and got to deal with designers from the Benelux countries, Italy, Great Britain or Scandinavia. This way, I was able to get a complex picture of the design profession and got to know many designers as true cosmopolitans. I am often fascinated by the stories they tell me about their travels and experiences.
How did your personal connection to the field of design come about?
My career is not a typical »from design fan to talent scout« kind of story. I simply had the pleasure of filling various positions within consumer goods, sporting goods and lifestyle industries, including sales and marketing, but there were also a lot of design positions. Right from the start, I enjoyed exchanging ideas with designers. Perhaps I find their profession so inspiring because that’s not my main field. I’m not an artist or a creative myself, but someone who enjoys beautiful things. Whenever I look at portfolios of designers, I often see that they are passionate about their job. Most of them found out about their creative talent relatively early in life and proceeded to really start working in industrial design, fashion design or digital design. When someone’s hobby becomes their job, it makes a huge difference compared to many other job profiles. A controller wouldn’t necessarily say, »Well, in my spare time I like to create financial tables!«