At the beginning of the Jungheinrich International Graduate Program, each new “JIG” starts their Jungheinrich career with two and a half weeks of introduction – the kick-off event.
The first day every JIG had the opportunity to introduce him-/herself to the new colleagues as this was the first time they met each other. As it comes with getting to know new people, the first challenge already stood in front of everyone: Remembering names! Luckily, the day was planned with enough of periods in between, giving each other the chance to interact more with each other. Apart from getting to know each participant and their names, an in-house rally also helped to get to know the HQ building better- a very valuable session thinking about the numerous meetings that will take place during the JIG Program in the very same building. As a result, we knew the basics after the first day: Names, Building. Forklifts. Yellow.
The next days were filled with many different workshops. First, every new JIG visited the production site of Jungheinrich in Norderstedt for two days. Seeing how forklifts are built was not only impressive, but every participant had the opportunity to see and understand how our products are built. After two days at the production facilities, a whole week of product trainings was waiting ahead. This proved to be a valuable week in order to understand the daily business language that is being spoken every day between more experienced colleagues. Not only did we learn about technical details, but also the logic behind the naming and details about the Jungheinrich business model. The final touch was that everyone had the opportunity to take over the wheel and “feel” what it feels to drive a material handling truck.
The second part of the kick-off consisted of the so-called “JIG Forum” in which each executive manager had the opportunity, to explain his or her business fields in detail. Having learned about the business model the week before, this event helped to link faces and names to certain business activities. In addition, first contacts between JIGs and future assignment managers were established during one of the coffee breaks throughout the forum breaks – a perfect opportunity for both sides.
One of the highlights of this week was the presentation by Hans-Georg Frey, the CEO of Jungheinrich. During his interactive presentation, he discussed with the JIGs the important factors of successful companies and how Jungheinrich will develop in the future, in order to ensure the long-term strategic goals.
To sum up these two and a half weeks: It was the perfect start for a long lasting career path. The new JIG Class grew together quickly spending all this time together. It gave a great impression on what every JIG can expect for the next two year during the JIG journey.
Xiangyu Zhu 朱湘玉