At Festo, we offer countless opportunities for you to gain valuable practical experience during your studies. Whether you’re interested in becoming a trainee, working with us while putting together your degree thesis or doctorate, or receiving a scholarship, we asked some of our students what practical experience with us really looks like.
Nadine Fengler: two weeks at the Jinan Global Production Centre as part of the integrated degree course
During her integrated degree course specialising in business administration – management in industry at the DHBW in Stuttgart, Nadine Fengler worked in our Jinan Global Production Centre in China for two weeks. Her stay took place as part of her practical experience placement in human resource development.
Roll-out of a strategic staff initiative
During my placement, my task was to support the HR department on-site in implementing a strategic initiative in the area of personnel development. Thanks to my work on a project on this topic, I already had the necessary knowledge, which I was then able to apply in practice at the national Festo company. My job was to provide training on a new HR IT tool, take care of data administration and pass on my knowledge to my colleagues. I really enjoyed acting as a liaison between my German and Chinese colleagues and, of course, working on the training topics themselves. It was also great not to be the student for once, and instead being able to pass on my knowledge as the expert in the room.
Immersing in another culture
Apart from my work at Festo, I also learned so much about life in China. It was especially interesting to try out cuisines from different regions and experience the contrasts of the country: the masses of skyscrapers, particularly in the hi-tech zone, and the idyllic parks, fountains and temples that I visited on the weekend created a versatile, ever-changing view of the city. My stay in China was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I would not have wanted to miss.
Natalja Hartmann: Corporate Quality and Business Processes
Natalja Hartmann first heard about Festo when the company was recommended to her by personal acquaintances. She began working at Festo in March 2015 when she did a traineeship in the Human Resources Performance Management department as a mandatory part of her degree in business administration. She subsequently stayed with the company, becoming a working student in the Corporate Quality and Business Processes department.
‘What I like about Festo is that it’s a family business. As far as I’m concerned, the size of the company is ideal: not too anonymous, but big enough to get to know different areas and tasks.’
The first step: a traineeship
My traineeship opened lots of doors for me, as during this time I gained insights into many different departments and built up a network of contacts at Festo that I can draw upon today. I particularly liked the fact that I had lots of different tasks, and that – after a well structured induction by my team – I was able to carry these out by myself. One of the real highlights was helping to organise the B2Run 2015 corporate run. That was where I learned what it meant to organise a major event, covering every single aspect.’
Becoming a working student: a launch pad for your professional career
As a working student, I also have the chance to collaborate on myriad projects. I am able to work independently, as I have acquainted myself with the work involved and am familiar with the internal processes and structures. As part of my studies, I learn more about various topics such as staff management, labour law and risk management, which has proven very helpful to me in my work at the company. I am also able to benefit from the crossover between theory and practice.
At present, I am assisting with the administration of documentation relating to quality and environmental management. I also help to produce documentation on internal information and data exchange platforms. What I find really motivating about my work is that it allows me to make a specific contribution towards ongoing projects, resulting in a real sense of achievement.
Respectful interaction within teams and the wider company
One thing that I really appreciate about Festo is the respectful way in which employees interact with one another. There’s no need for competitiveness or sharp-elbow tactics – quite the opposite, in fact: every day I witness my colleagues supporting one another to the best of their abilities. This is particularly important for me as a working student, as – if I have any questions or doubts – I can always find someone willing to listen, while regular consultations with my direct contacts mean that I always have the chance to discuss ongoing work in a calm setting. What’s more, my flexible working hours at Festo are particularly practical in that they fit in with my days at university, allowing me to combine both activities.