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What Makes our Batch Special

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Tags: TraineeCommunity, Careers
Even 90,815 km were not too far away to bring the people in this group together. To be able to state this, there must be a good reason.
ZF Trainees, February 08, 2017
ZF Trainees are a group of young people taking part in the ZF Global Trainee Program. In the #traineeblog they give insights about the life as a ZF Trainee.
For more than 20 years, a group of approximately 20 people joins ZF as the new batch of the International trainee program. Every year, these people can be described by the same characteristics: young, enthusiastic, international, cross-functionally interested and so on. Even though they share these similar characteristics, every year and every group results in a different group from the last one, in their own unique and special way. Maybe there are many external factors that might affect this; ranging from which are the biggest trends in some industries to who is the current number one artist in different charts. Somehow, as everyone understands the incredible journey that is ahead for the next 15 months, they grow together and build up the new best batch - of course, as every batch thinks about themselves!

For our case, even if we have been together now for the last 4 months, it is hard to say in words which is that specific thing that makes us special. But at least, we want to highlight in this post some facts that might contribute to the uniqueness of the batch of 2016/17.
Starting from the general fact that the majority of the group are surprisingly sport fanatics!…like it could be perceived when everybody woke up earlier than they were supposed to and were really motivated, for morning sports in the previous events. This might be related to the background of hikers, climbers, snowboarders, skiers, bikers, surfers, skaters, sailors, fishers, golfers, a cricket champion and of course soccer players.

But don’t get the wrong impression that we only like outdoor sports; yoga is also a favorite of our group and a part of us like practicing different dancing styles, going to the gym, karate and swimming. Believe it or not, we even have one guy, Dylan, who was recognized in his gym for participating energetically and actively in every single course they offered.
Due to the energy drop of these activities, food is the first thing that comes to mind and maybe that is the reason why we love to cook, besides it is really nice that we can do these activities together and combine them in a very special way. Not only because conversations during meal time can be heard in around 15 languages, but also sometimes we can get in favor to listen live music from skilled piano, guitar or saxophone players…even a drummer.

After this when it is later in the evening, some individual skills start to shine. The options range from a professional dancing instructor to a famous chess player, both of whom are always willing to share their passion with the rest of the group. Luckily, all this can be captured by our amazing photographer.
Unfortunately this incredible party that we have just described, has not happened exactly like that…but we are pretty sure that we will get to the point, where this special combination of talents will come together and be realized.
Overall, as you can see, it doesn’t matter if it is a list of things about ourselves that makes us special, the unique combination is the core of our batch and that is most likely to lead us to be the best batch yet!
Andrea R.