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Interview with Kevin Koffer
  • Kevin Koffer
  • With FIEGE in Lahr since September 2019
  • Currently in the second year of apprenticeship for forwarding and logistics services

HOW DID YOU BECOME AWARE OF FIEGE?

I was looking for an apprenticeship in the commercial sector and looked around in the area and on the Internet. FIEGE was suggested to me as a training company relatively high up. Then I listened to friends to find out whether they had already heard something about FIEGE. There was nothing negative about it, only positive. I sent off my application, received quick feedback and finally got the job. I am very happy about that.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN THE LOGISTICS WORLD?

I always found the topic of globalization and how things get from A to B interesting. My mother is a trained freight forwarding specialist and I really enjoyed watching her work. For example, how logistics processes run in the background that you can’t see from the outside. You can see the truck on the highway, but you don’t think anything of it. I have always been interested in the world of logistics and my apprenticeship at FIEGE once again showed me that I made the right decision.

HOW WAS YOUR START AT FIEGE?

I have never worked in larger companies before, I have only done temporary jobs in smaller retail companies. Therefore, it was also a bit unusual. The people around me made it easy to get started because everyone here is nice and friendly. You can always ask if you have any difficulties. For me personally, as a rather reserved person, it was overwhelming in the beginning. During the three-month training period in the two larger departments, dispatching and service, I was shown and explained everything.

WHAT DOES YOUR WORKING DAY AS A APPRENTICE LOOK LIKE?

Up to now I spent most of my time in the dispatching and service departments. But I have also spent one or two months in warehouse administration and one month in administration. My typical working day is a day shift from 8:00 to 17:00. In the mornings I have my first structured tasks, which I like because I like to know what to do. Around noon I am done with it. Depending on what the day after brings, I help out. If someone is on vacation or sick, I can take over as a stand-in. This is well organized, so I have a wide range of tasks.

 

 

WHAT MAKES THE TRAINING AT FIEGE ATTRACTIVE FOR YOU?

In general, that FIEGE offers everything possible – air freight, sea freight, etc. You can get to know so many different branches later on. It is rare to find such a large selection and the opportunity to further educate yourself in many directions within a company. The varied departments I visit during my apprenticeship make it especially interesting for me. It is great to get to know all facets of a logistics company.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR HIGHLIGHT AT FIEGE SO FAR?

When I started out in warehouse administration, there was one situation that I particularly liked. A colleague who was in charge of the contact to our external warehouse in Strasbourg was on vacation. Therefore, I was entrusted with his tasks. I enjoyed that a lot because I noticed that it took me longer in the beginning and got better towards the end. That’s when I noticed that I was making progress professionally and I have a good feeling when I go home after work.

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT YOUR COLLEAGUES?

What I appreciate most is that I can always ask all my colleagues if I have a problem. People are focused on their work, but if I have a question, they explain it to me. Everyone is approachable and helps as much as they can. I like that extremely. I don’t have much contact with the industrial apprentices because the buildings are separate. But if you run into each other, you talk to each other and you get along well. I also get on well with the commercial apprentices from the second year of apprenticeship. Many hobbies and extra-professional topics overlap and you get along very well. Recently, we went out to eat with a few colleagues after work in a restaurant and talked for a few hours.

WHAT WAS YOUR CAREER ASPIRATION AS A CHILD?

I actually wanted to become an architect. I quickly put that aside and realized that commercial matters suited me well. I was good at math in secondary school and foreign languages were also good for me. Through internships in non-commercial areas I realized that I was drawn to the commercial sector after all. Then, when I was about 12 years old, I also went to my mother’s company for an internship. During lunch breaks I went over to my mother’s department and was allowed to help her. I had fun doing that and then I knew that I wanted to take the commercial route.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND YOUR APPRENTICESHIP AT FIEGE TO OTHER APPLICANTS?

Yes, definitely. It’s great fun, it’s varied, the people are cool – so I really can’t complain. There is always a bad day. But that happens in every profession. That is why I would recommend the apprenticeship at FIEGE.