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Spurred by my international experience in Malaysia, I began looking for a new opportunity to travel abroad within the scope of my study. More than half a year ago I started searching and finally, I got my first individual project that includes workshops to be conducted in our two tire plants in the U.S. (Mount Vernon und Sumter). That’s a big thing!
I had to plan the flights, accommodations and above all: preparing the workshops. During that time I also had exams at university and was about to finish my training as industrial management assistant, which made it really stressful. Nevertheless, I don’t regret it.
Now I’m here in the US – six weeks, totally on my own!
I perceive the Americans as very helpful and open-minded. I like their way to communicate with their first name. It makes team work so much easier. Besides they were very interested in the German dual study program and considered it as a big opportunity for young people like me to experience the production aspect of manufacturing along with a different work culture first hand.
I applied for this project to widen my horizons by getting more plant experience and increasing my global competence. Leading workshops in a foreign language is a rewarding experience. But the real challenge is something else. Having representatives of each area involved – engineering, maintenance, purchasing – everybody has different concerns. As the leader of the workshops, I have to combine the different opinions and keep everybody on track. That is the real challenge!
Let’s be motivated, my journey will continue!
You can read an article about my first year at Continental as well. Click here.
If you want to know more about the dual study program at Continental visit our Career Website.