I will start my first semester of Computer Science in Karlsruhe (KIT
) in October.
I am self-employed and developed a software for schools to help them a bit in administration, but it was not successfull. The state started to develop something very simmilar by themself, many schools deny the usage of computers to replace old systems. Even when it's obvious that a new system which works with computers could improve quit a lot. They don't want the old teachers to have problems. Some of my teachers did never use computers (they used typewriters to create their tests!), so this problem was quite obvious. I hoped that they might give it a try if I make the software as simple as possible (not many choices what to do next, always a litte text which provides some helping information, even some videos to show them how it works)
Perhaps I have to wait twenty years, until the state stops their software project and all teachers know how to use the computer.
Additionally, I am working as a assistant scientist for a project with lots of data. I joined them a short time ago, but according to the people who employed me they generate Petabytes of data withing some hours. It's a medicine / biological project and I implement the algorithms (in ... well, I should do it in C++, but currently I did most with Python).
Each assistant scientist in Baden-Württemberg
gets 8,39 Euro/hour. Nothing more, nothing less.
I teach pupils math/german/biology/physics if I need money. It's quite easy to find someone and I get 15-20 Euro/hour. Well, I do quite a lot of different mini-jobs (creating websites can give an awefull lot of money for half an hour of work if you find a company where obviously no employee has an idea how simple it is to create one) if I need money, but I don't need money very often ;-)