For me, it all started in May 2015. I decided to embark on the JIG journey, not exactly knowing where it would take me. One of the main reasons for becoming a JIG was the growing and ever changing path of Jungheinrich. At one of the job interviews, I was told that Jungheinrich would be looking for graduates to connect with the company on a more international level. They were looking for graduates with a hands-on mentality to drive things forward. This profile was one I could identify with.
I became a HR JIG. As part of the program, I was able to work on various projects in the fields of training and development, recruiting, employer branding and classic HR support in our headquarter in Hamburg, our sales units in Rosate (Milan) and Vélizy (Paris), our production plant and the training center in Norderstedt. One of my personal highlights was a 2-days workshop with the Italian Management on the Jungheinrich Way of Leadership where the leadership values were discussed and deepened.
Additionally to the assignments, my JIG batch and I had trainings on communication, emotional intelligence, entrepreneurship, leadership and project management. These trainings did not only help me a lot to reflect on myself and my “blind spots” but they brought our batch together as friends.
Throughout the program, I had great support from my mentor and my career sponsor, both experienced executives within the company. With both I exchanged on a regularly basis on learning fields, project states and career opportunities.
In my case, “jumping in and trying it out” would be the most valuable lesson of the program – including the acceptance of all consequences. The program encourages the graduate to experience new challenges (e.g. going abroad), to take over responsibilities (e.g. subproject management) and to work cross-functionally (e.g. the JIG project). I can only recommend taking any risk. Every failure is as much part of your natural learning curve as every success. At Jungheinrich I had many people who would coach me along the way.
And the one thing that I would never want to miss? It is the huge network that I have gained over the last two years. I became a part of the yellow team. Today I am playing for the yellow ones in Norderstedt as a HR generalist.
JIG Class I 2015, HR Generalist Norderstedt