My teachers advised me to get an academic high-school diploma, but I’m more of a practical learner. Once I’d completed my compulsory education, I decided to apply for a traineeship as an industrial business manager, and I was accepted. Various aspects of the role appealed to me during the training, and my interest continued afterwards. I decided to join First Sensor because sensors are the future.
The first day was a welcome day for all trainees starting on that day. We were shown around the site and introduced to colleagues, and we were all given a welcome pack, which was a nice touch.
For the first month, I worked in production. The team here manufacture the minutest sensors – but despite their size, they are capable of big things. Parking assistance systems and computed tomography machines are so commonplace these days that we don’t even think about the sensor technology that they rely on, even though this technology in itself is actually really impressive. My first job was to glue tiny chips into place under a microscope. At first, the parts I was working on were all rejects for me to practice on, but eventually I was able to work on real components. I’ve also worked in the human resources department. I was made to feel like part of the team and I was given lots to do. When you first join a department, it can be difficult to get involved and ask questions, before you get to know your colleagues. But it quickly gets easier because your colleagues all look out for you and help you settle in.
I’m now in my second year of training and I’m very happy with how it’s going. First Sensor offers a great package of extra help for trainees – the company pays for all the learning materials you need, for example. I like the atmosphere here: I like the way people talk to each other, everyone is always friendly and greets you with a smile. I get to work in various departments and learn about how the whole company works. It’s great that First Sensor offers flextime too, because I have a relatively long commute to work. If my train is canceled or delayed, I can use flextime.
Keep working at it, give it your all, and don’t give up. In the first year in particular, it’s easy for things to get on top of you. If you end up doing the same thing for a long time, you can get bored quickly. But the more you learn, the more you can contribute, then there will be more tasks you can get involved in. And it’s important that you’re approachable and friendly – even in difficult situations or if you’re not enjoying a particular task, it’s important to handle the situation in a calm, relaxed way.
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