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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!

Travelling the World
Travelling the world

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.

Paulina Cattau

Paulina Cattau

Since September 2013 I have been studying Mechanical Engineering in combination with Business Administration as a member of the dual study "ContiBachelor" program. Being interested in different languages and cultures, I appreciate working in an international company such as Continental, getting a global insight into the varied departments, people and the challenges, they have to face every day. I look forward to experiencing more of the Conti-World, and I would like to share my impressions with you!

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2 thoughts on “My Conti journey goes on – Next stop: USA!

  1. We enjoyed having you here at the Sumter plant, Paulina! Looking forward to reading about your next adventure. 🙂

  2. Paulina, Thank you for your visit with us at Sumter plant. You did a great job leading the project and keeping it on track. The Sumter Engineering team enjoyed you visit and wish you great success!

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