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From Detroit to Lake Constance

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In the 15-month ZF Global Trainee Program, participants will become acquainted with work at ZF, rise to the challenges of a daily work routine, apply the knowledge gained during studies to successfully complete international projects and start a promising career at a highly-innovative automotive company.
ZF Trainees, March 13, 2017
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Greetings everyone! I write this post as I look out along Lake Constance, a beautiful sight along the southern tip of the German border, of which I assume many people familiar with the European landscape, may be aware. Nonetheless, this is quite a shift from the bustling, grinding city in which I was born and raised. It is a city you may also know for its automotive heritage: Detroit, Michigan, USA. Ah yes, the Motor City (or the 3-1-3 as it is lovingly known to the locals), a place ever acclaimed for its automotive history and contributions to the automotive field. Furthermore exciting, is that Detroit boasts a spectrum of different cultures which spins the fabric of the town I call home.

From Hamtramck, with its rich Polish history, to Greektown in the heart of the city, to Dearborn and its incredible Middle Eastern heritage and cuisine. And even to north of the city where many Italian immigrants (like my grandparents) came to reside, Detroit’s culture is as rich and different as the people who call it home.
But at the core of the city is an automotive culture truly felt by anyone who has had the chance to call this city home. As such, when it came time to enter the working world, I wanted to be involved in the automotive field and also to contribute to a company pioneering new advancements. Furthermore, I love to travel and experience new cultures and ways of life. As such, the ZF Trainee Program, combining various locations, different projects, and work in a company intent on innovation, is a perfect fit for me and I’m more than happy to be a part of it.
Detroit Skyline Image (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)