I joined Continental in 2011 as an intern in the HR Department and after 3 years I was coordinating the Employer Branding, Sourcing and Communication team in my location, Sibiu (Romania). At that point, most of my professional goals from the “To Do until my 30s” list were checked, but still I was really wishing for an International Assignment.
Fortunately, a sequence of events brought me to the point where I received a phone call from the Team Leader of the Corporate Employer Branding team, asking if I am interested to be part of his team for one year and take care of the Social Media area.
So, few months later, I found myself in a new city – Hanover, surrounded by people speaking a language that I did not talk or understand and working in a new office, with a new team, far away from all the known and comfortable things.
This was the first shock: I wasn’t in my location anymore, I did no longer know all the people around, from finance to management; it was no longer so “easy” to get something done, since I did not have any “old” connections. So, first thing first, I realized I need to build a network, to explain people who I am, make them trust me and my work. Hopefully, I managed to achieve this in my year there. I was lucky to have wonderful colleagues that helped me with everything they could.
Second challenge was to work with people from all over the world and bring everyone on the same page. Doing consultancy for our colleagues in the countries was not easy but coming from one of the locations myself, made it for sure easier.
All in all, there were many other professional challenges and a lot of interesting projects that brought me to a new level of understanding and knowledge in regards to my job.
On a personal level, it was an adventure. Me and my husband had an amazing time exploring Germany.
This is an experience that I recommend to everyone, as it can help you to develop on a both personal and professional level. I am grateful that I work for a company that made this possible for me and I am looking forward to the future challenges my job will offer to me.