Faces, stories, teams and talents

Interview with Fabian Wider
  • Fabian Wider
  • Former dual student of business administration, Bachelor of Arts with commercial training for office management
  • Subsequently project assistant to the Director Human Resources at the system headquarters, Greven
  • Since January 2021 Teamlead Human Resources, Greven-Reckenfeld

WHY DID YOU APPLY TO FIEGE AFTER YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION?

During my A-levels, I thought that I would like to combine theory with practice. That’s why I found the dual study program very interesting. I looked around for dual study positions in my region. Through my father, I became aware of FIEGE and applied here. FIEGE as an employer convinced me and that’s why I wanted to take this path. The background with logistics actually only came up after I got to know FIEGE and the structure of the company as a matter of interest.

HOW WAS YOUR DUAL STUDY PROGRAM STRUCTURED AND WHAT EXACTLY DID YOU LIKE ABOUT IT?

The study program lasts a total of seven semesters. I spent the first 1.5 years training as an office management assistant in Münster. This is integrated into the dual study program for a Bachelor of Arts degree, including the business administration degree.

I think it’s good that the theory and practice were combined and alternated in one week. It requires quite a bit of lateral thinking when you’re at school for one day, at the company for three days and at the university for two days. However, I liked being able to link the theoretical content I learned very quickly with what was currently happening in the company. I also got to know various departments, such as e-commerce, real estate, operations in Münster and HR. Finally, I returned to HR, my first station, due to various projects.

HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN THE HUMAN RESOURCES TEAM?

Basically, I really liked it here because I enjoy working with people. I always found the topics in the area of HR development exciting and I knew that I would like to be close to people. That’s why I had immediately expressed my desire to our trainer Bettina Pick that I would like to return beyond the four months that are part of the mandatory areas during my studies in the HR department. In 2017, as part of a project, I introduced myself to the then Director of Human Resources. He trusted me with the task and so I took over the project and was thus back in the HR department. I was in charge of the project for one year and introduced a new applicant management system for FIEGE together with my colleagues.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT DOES FIEGE OFFER DUAL STUDENTS?

We were offered a lot of seminars via the FIEGE Academy. I took part in several seminars, e.g. on change and project management. The offers are good for exchanging ideas between employees from different branches. It broadens the horizon and you network better in the FIEGE world. At the same time, I am currently also allowed to be a participant in the FIEGE Junior Program. I am very happy about this opportunity. All in all, I am constantly trying to make use of the many offers and to develop myself further.

Therefore, I am particularly pleased to be able to take the next step since 11.01.2021. In my new position as Teamlead Human Resources at the Greven-Reckenfeld site, I will certainly be able to go above and beyond.

WHAT WAS YOUR GREATEST PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGE AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

That’s a fascinating question. In fact, I had two major challenges. One was when I tried myself in project management as a student. I was in charge of the project without any previous experience. Of course, I was actively supported by the team. Nevertheless, I had a leading role in the project, which was something I had never done before. This was a great challenge for me personally, and it helped me grow both personally and professionally. How did I manage that? – The most important point is communication. You have to talk openly about all topics, whether it’s within the project or how you feel and what’s on your mind.

The second big challenge was the transition from dual student to my first, permanent position. This relates to task responsibility, for example, but also understanding as a project assistant where you can provide good support. Among other things, this change was one of my most significant experiences at FIEGE.

The next big challenge is now ahead of me with my new position.

DO YOU LIKE COMING TO WORK?

Yes, definitely. I really enjoy it and, as I said, I like working with people. There is a very good atmosphere in the HR team. People get along well with each other. That is one aspect that is particularly important to me personally. I really enjoyed working in the HR department and the tasks. That’s why I really enjoy the work. In the same way, I am looking forward to working with my new team. The opportunities that you have at FIEGE, the responsibility that you can acquire and the trust that is placed in you – all this motivates me to continue on my path here. This interaction makes it harmonious for me and for this reason I like working at FIEGE.

IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE FIEGE IN A FEW WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

Diverse opportunities – that is what describes FIEGE well. Whether in specialist areas or in central functions – we are a very colorful and international company. Through the further training opportunities and interesting projects, you have the chance to develop yourself further. You get to know new people and departments. That’s what makes FIEGE, coupled with the warm and familiar environment.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THE DUAL STUDY PROGRAM AT FIEGE?

Yes, definitely. It is admittedly very demanding, as you have to organize yourself well, especially in the later semesters. You have to be able to master the combination of work, study and the final exam at the vocational school. However, I can recommend it to everyone. If you enjoy working in a large and at the same time familiar company and are interested in business management and logistics topics, it’s great. What I also learned here is that you don’t have to be a professional in every field. FIEGE offers many opportunities – from the construction department to the finance area – you can develop into a specialist anywhere. The basic studies in business administration are therefore a good starting point and you can deepen and use your strengths in your prioritized area.