2017

#zftrainees

American Experience

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Tags: Careers, TraineeCommunity
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, August 11, 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.
Going abroad is one of the most interesting times during the trainee program and I was looking forward to it.. I made my choice to fly into the USA to take up a project at Washington in Michigan. USA to the world is seen as the “Land of Free” and “Land of Opportunities” as it is a country made of people across the globe, that way it has a great extent of diversity. After living in Europe for a while now which I perceive to be more compact and cozy, one would be taken by shock looking at the huge parking spaces, big size trucks and muscle cars rolling over the streets and big size houses and apartments which are probably not so common anywhere else in the world. By the way before ordering a large pizza or large popcorn, pay attention to the word “Large” as it really can be a lot!

Moving in close to Washington, Michigan at the beginning was a little bit of a challenge as finding accommodation for three months could be a little hard as it isn’t really a university town unlike Ann Arbor. Also, to the topic of setting yourself up, one definitely needs a car in Michigan to make your way around as there are hardly any other pocket friendly alternatives. Weekends can be made of great use whilst living in Michigan as it has some very interesting places to visit up-north and Canada is not too far at all.
Working environment has been fun in the US as I see a general interest and curiosity amongst people about each other which is confronted during lots of small talk over coffee. The working teams are very international and you get to connect to people with different interests and perceptions (especially if you are doing strategy you see it evidently). Social networking events and team building events are also seen often involving baseball, barbeque and typical lunch/dinner gatherings. With a friendly atmosphere around it has been an enjoyable time so far working, networking & learning from the project.
"The project abroad is a great opportunity to compare working environments and working topics at a macro level."