Then the first months of program passed by and the time to think about the next project arrived, which means different location, new department and new culture for 3 or 4 months. The trainee can focus in one strategy or swim around different areas and look for personal interests. And given the size of ZF Group: seven divisions, dozens of business units, hundreds of products… so come the questions: how to choose a project by myself? Where do I belong to?
There are people who have a specific strategy since the beginning of the program and keep focused in order to develop certain skills. Others want to try different things, since the flexibility to discover new abilities is an asset of the program. With a strategy (or not), everyone creates their own path, assumes responsibilities for their own choices and creates a strong worldwide network. Being open and talking to such diverse kinds of people brings us new perspectives… and then the “ideal project” you thought at first makes no sense anymore.
In my point of view, that’s the most effective way to find your way: talking to people, speaking up to your preferences, asking for help and, of course, contacting former trainees. You collect pieces of information from every person you have meet and merge it into a pool of knowledge while working in every corner of the world.