- 1982 to 1987 studies of English, psychology and sociology at the University of Osnabrück. Graduation M. A.
- From 1988 to 1989 working as a freelance translator
- Various jobs in different companies including the Sales USA / Canada Westfalia KG Wiedenbrück
- Assistant to the Plant Manager at Amoco Fabrics, Gronau
- Assistantship at Bertelsmann AG, including 7 years in public relations.
- Assistant to the study program resource efficiency management