Clarissa Rapps is a Senior Engineer at Wölfel. In a conversation with her, you'll learn everything about our work approach, how we develop solutions together even for the most challenging tasks, how we promote competencies within the team, create spaces for projects, and much more.

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Hi Clarissa, you're a civil engineer at Wölfel. How did you make your way here?

I started with an internship at Wölfel, just to get a two- or three-week taste of what working here would be like. Then I decided to start at Wölfel as a working student. After that, I chose to write my bachelor's thesis here and that's how I joined the company.


How long have you been here?

I started as a working student in November 2015.


If the project is about demolition work, we first review the documents provided to us. Then, we usually do an on-site visit to inspect the conditions and compare them with the planning documents.


Absolutely. We're always happy to have students who want to support us. Students are a great help with creating drawings, for example. In the field of demolition, we try to take students to the building site so they can see the property in real life and, if possible, even be present during demolition activities.


Well, I get up early, feed my cats, and ease into the day. We have flextime at Wölfel, so the start of our workday is relatively flexible. Mine usually begins around 8:00 or 8:30 in the office. First, I check and answer any emails that might have come in overnight, and then I continue working on projects with my colleagues.


It's particularly important to me that on our team we all work together on projects, that no one is left on his or her own, and that team spirit is highly valued. I want discussions and ideas exchanged on all projects, even across departments.


I believe it means we are willing to take on particularly tricky projects, embrace challenges, work together to find solutions, and essentially, that no nut is too tough for us to crack.


I would say that we're an engineering firm that doesn't handle run-of-the-mill tasks. Clients come to us when they have highly demanding projects and might be facing issues with dynamics, dynamic effects and such, and they're not sure how to proceed.


We use Teams, it makes communication easy. Some of my colleagues in structural dynamics, the department I work in, are based in Hamburg and exchanging information with them works quite smoothly.


I find it particularly great that no one is expected to work alone on projects. You always have colleagues in the background for support. Today, I'm the Head of the Structural Dynamics Business Unit and the leader of a seven-person team. I must say, at no point did I feel abandoned; I've always been well-supported and challenged by my superiors and management.


I wouldn't have thought so at the beginning, but really strong friendships have formed at work because we spend a lot of time together. We often meet up after work and do things together. In Würzburg, there are several lovely wine festivals we can attend together, or the Kiliani fair, or even a short SUP tour after work.


Absolutely. We all approach work with joy, that's what makes it so great.