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Being in Charge of Change

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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, April 25, 2017
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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.
At the start of the program, the first project will be chosen by the human resources department. After that each trainee is responsible to find the next 3 projects on our own (including an international one). I am sure that every trainee wondered – at least once – why the first project was assigned for her/him when there are so many possibilities. For some of us the first project was a perfect match to our interests, but for others it was quite an effort to work outside of comfort zone. In all cases, the learning process was the most important outcome.

In all cases, the learning process was the most important outcome.

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.
Cheers,
Debora