You just mentioned the international and versatile orientation of the program. In which countries and areas were you assigned?
Taotao Yu: My first assignment was in Germany, where I had the task of doing a market research for multi-component materials in the sintered metals sector.
Then I went to China, where I first came into contact with the topic of environmental simulation and mechanical engineering in the Schunk Group at a subsidiary of Weiss Technik.
The company develops environmental simulation systems in which, among other things, components for aviation are put through their paces. My job was to put together a sales package for these systems in marketing.
After three months, my next assignment was in Europe, more precisely in the Netherlands. Here, the specialists at Schunk Xycarb Technology develop solutions for the semiconductor industry. I worked in research and development on patent research for a material.
Then I was back to Germany for three months. Here, the challenge was to develop an "Equipment as a Service (EaaS)" business model for Weiss Technik in Schunk's Digital Lab.
My last assignment finally took me to the USA and the world of ultrasonic metal welding systems. There, I first worked in sales on the standardization of offers. Then, in research and development, the challenge was to optimize the wear resistance of ultrasonic metal welding systems.
To whom would you recommend the trainee program?
Taotao Yu: In my view, the program is a very good career start for graduates who have already gained international experience during their studies or in internships, who are interested in new challenges, learn quickly and can adapt to new circumstances.
You have now completed the program. Looking back, what did the trainee program bring you?
Taotao Yu: In addition to the wide-ranging professional and personal experience I gained during my assignments, the accompanying business and project management training courses were particularly useful. Topics such as the management framework and business communication are very practical and can always be applied to projects later on.
What was the biggest challenge for you?
Taotao Yu: I had to understand the tasks and the business quickly and deliver the result within three months. That was especially challenging in areas I wasn't familiar with before.
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But you overcame the challenge and successfully completed the Global Graduate Program 2019. What was the next step for you after that?
Taotao Yu: Successful completion of the trainee program is linked to a permanent position within the Schunk Group. I initially worked for one and a half years in the Digital Lab as an Innovation Manager and took care of digitization projects. I currently work in Corporate Marketing as a Digital Sales Manager and am responsible for lead management and the web store.
Do you have any advice for future applicants?
Taotao Yu: I recommend that future applicants go to the Schunk website in advance to learn about the wide range of Schunk technologies and products in order to get a basic understanding of the Schunk business.
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