In my case, I experienced it during the program itself as I was introduced to a former trainee named Henning Weinbrenner, who encouraged me to do a project in project purchasing. He also gave me the related contacts. It did not work out with the project but I did get a job in that field after the program.
Within the past three years I have held three different positions within project purchasing,and I have efficiently used this network in different situations for myself or for my colleagues and associates. For example, during a launch for a new product in China, it was easier for me to get in touch with the right people and help the situation as I had worked in Shanghai during my trainee program.
Currently, being responsible for all the business unit projects for automatic transmissions from purchasing, I lead a team of around 10 purchasing project leaders for projects in Germany, China, Hungary and USA. In my current job, I especially enjoy the challenges of working on future products with respect to achieving competitive costs, concepts and project milestones. It is also amazing working with the cross functional and global teams to achieve project targets.