The following year, I came into contact with ZF for the first time. I was selected for the Unitech program, which ZF supports as a partner. As part of this, I was given the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at the University of Loughborough in Great Britain. One year later, I traveled to Germany for an internship at a large industrial group. I didn’t know much about the country apart from the usual stereotypes: All Germans like to drink beer and love soccer. The language was fortunately no problem, and English was the main language spoken anyway. If that didn’t work, I could fall back on the bit of German I had acquired during my short time in Germany.
Already during my studies, I was able to establish contact with ZF employees and talent scouts through the Unitech program. I have had many positive experiences with the people and the country itself. That’s why I decided at the time to apply for ZF’s 15-month trainee program – and that's also why I’m still working for the Group today. The rotating program already gave me the opportunity to get to know a variety of ZF locations and departments in Germany and the USA. On the one hand, this has helped me to understand how ZF thinks and works as a company. On the other hand, I was able to try things I wouldn’t normally have done or wasn’t yet familiar with. I really wanted to get a taste of as many different jobs and functions as possible to find out where I fit in best – and what job I wanted to do in the future. That wasn’t quite clear to me at the time.