Six months after my first local anchoring in France, it was time for me to pack my suitcase and leave for my first overseas assignment. The town of Moosburg, situated in the Southern part of Germany was to be my new workplace for 3 months. My role there was to support the Logistics Systems Sales department in developing a sales toolbox with the aim to assist managers in improving sales in their respective regions.
The first few days were not easy, to be honest, I was nervous on how things would turn out. It did not help to calm my nerves knowing that I did not have any German language skills. The only thing helping me was a travel booklet, and a fellow JIG who was there beforehand. Fortunately for me, everyone in my new office was very helpful, and welcomed me to the “Jungheinrich family”.
These 3 months were packed with statistics and numbers, analyzing sales reports, trends etc. The company was generous in sponsoring German courses for me to pick up some language skills, and it was useful that I could practice it daily with my colleagues.
Being the first international graduate in Moosburg, I had to maintain a form of decorum because there were expectations on what I could deliver to the team. In addition, I had to be aware on the cultural differences, whether this was in the office or in public.
The Jungheinrich International Graduate Program has given me numerous opportunities to learn and to be challenged. In my opinion, being a JIG requires you to be flexible, and adaptable to the different environments that you find yourself in. At times you will feel uncomfortable, but you need to step out of your comfort zone in order to grow and to succeed.