APPRENTICES & STUDENTS
My name is Marlen Moosmann. I am 19 and live in Ravensburg. I like to spend time with my family and friends, and my hobbies include sports, travel, and languages. After gaining my university entrance qualification I travelled around Canada, Australia, and South East Asia. In September 2016 I began my industrial business management apprenticeship with CHG-MERIDIAN – the start of a new chapter in my life.
CHG-MERIDIAN IS ONE BIG FAMILY
CHG-MERIDIAN is a successful and steadily growing company. It also looks after its employees, and puts great emphasis on teamwork. Communal lunches and coffee breaks allow me to get to know my colleagues better. And there are other special events that help bring us together, such as a party for all employees to mark the end of the year, and an outing for the apprentices and students. New employees also get to attend a start-up seminar, which is for fresh recruits from all across the company, even the international sites. This provides a basic introduction to CHG-MERIDIAN, and gives us a chance to get to know each other and share our impressions at a group dinner.
WHY TRAIN IN INDUSTRIAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT WITH CHG-MERIDIAN?
An apprenticeship in industrial business management with CHG-MERIDIAN offers great variety. You get to work in departments such as the Academy, Communications & Marketing, Internal Sales, and many others. The length of the assignments varies; sometimes you spend six weeks in a department, sometimes only three. We also have presentation sessions every three months, which are a great preparation for our final exams. I am certain that when I finish my training with CHG-MERIDIAN I will have a broad range of knowledge, as we are taught the fundamentals by experts. This will enable me to work in many different departments.
At my vocational college, the Humpisschule, the main subjects are management and control, business economics, and macroeconomics. Unlike the three-year apprenticeship, the Apprenticeship Plus only lasts two and a half years, and it includes additional subjects such as international business economics, business English, and an option of logistics, French, or Spanish. It also includes a three-week stay in England. As a company with an international presence, CHG-MERIDIAN likes to give its apprentices this experience.
MENTOR & MENTEE
Each apprentice training at CHG-MERIDIAN is assigned a mentor from a previous intake. This means that right from the start you have a fixed contact who will lend a hand if you have any questions or problems. That is a great feeling, and boosts the sense of belonging to the team. But it isn’t just the mentors who are available when apprentices have questions, the other colleagues are also always ready to help out. We call this the ‘open door principle’.
A BROAD NETWORK OFFERS PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES
If you are committed and hard working you are almost guaranteed to be offered a permanent position at CHG-MERIDIAN, because the company only trains according to its requirements. Your own requests are also taken into consideration. It is a good idea to make as many internal contacts as possible during your training. CHG-MERIDIAN makes this easy, because you get to work in a range of different departments. The support from experts with specialist knowledge is useful for all sorts of decisions and problems in day-to-day work.
MARLEN MOOSMANN | Student of business administration with specialization in international business, formerly vocational apprentice as industrial management assistant, Weingarten Office
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