Johannes Liegl studied Informatics at the University of Klagenfurt and is now working as a Senior Product Manager in San Francisco Bay Area, California. In the interview, he talks about how his experiences abroad have shaped him and his advise for today’s students.
What did you study?
Have you been abroad?
I’ve been living in California for the last 10 years.
How did the leap to America come about?
My wife is from California and after a couple of years in Vienna, we wanted to explore the state she grew up in. Having a Computer Science background I was curious about the Silicon Valley and the Startup scene in the Bay Area. It’s now been almost 10 years since we left Austria.
How did you end up in your current position/job? How has your career evolved?
Trial & error. Meeting new people. Living in different places. Doing the things I find interesting.
What are your job responsibilities? What is your daily work routine like?
I work in Product. I’m responsible for figuring out what opportunity we should work on next and bring a new product to market to address it.
Do you have a (life) motto?
“Life is for learning.”
What advice would you give to today’s students?
Don’t limit yourself. Do the things that interest you. You can do anything you want with your life. Nobody says you need to be the best at what you’re doing.
What do you do for career balance?
Rowing, lifting, yoga, reading. Going to the beach with my family.