- Lea Möhle
- Studies HR management at a distance learning university and works as a student employee in the HR department of the system headquarters
- With FIEGE since May 2020
HOW DID YOU COME TO FIEGE?
I completed my Bachelor’s degree in tourism last year. During my studies I realized that I would like to choose the human resources direction and that’s why I started a master’s degree in human resources management at the end of last year. However, I am studying at a distance learning university and unfortunately there are no internship semesters there. So I wanted to gain some practical experience and that is how I came to FIEGE. I started a full-time internship at FIEGE at the beginning of May 2020. I quickly decided on the internship at FIEGE as it is a large company which has been in existence for a long time and is thus well-established. I also liked the description of the tasks in the job advertisement very much as the topics were mixed: Human resources development, applicant management and many more. My tasks are diverse, which is why I found the internship very appealing. After the internship I wanted to stay at FIEGE because I like it here. I have been a student employee since August 2020, so that I can gain even more practical experience during my studies.
WHAT ARE YOUR TASKS AS A STUDENT EMPLOYEE?
My working day is quite diverse. One of my regular topics is applicant management. For example, I take over the communication with applicants by inviting them to job interviews. I also handle some e-mail inquiries. Apart from that I am involved in some projects, such as the implementation of applicant management in other branches. For this I was allowed to support our colleagues in the training courses. Another field of activity is the introduction of alternatives to the company car, e.g. the Bahn-Card.
WHAT DO YOU PARTICULARLY LIKE ABOUT YOUR WORK?
I particularly like the fact that I can work independently. Of course I have my fixed tasks. Nevertheless, I have the chance to be creative myself and contribute my own opinion. The opinion of interns or student employees is just as important as the opinion of other colleagues. I carry out the tasks to the best of my knowledge and it is not specified how exactly the tasks should be performed. I also find it exciting to get to know such a large company.
HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOURSELF AS A STUDENT EMPLOYEE AT FIEGE?
I study at a distance learning university, which means I can study at any location. This is very practical, especially in Corona times. I live on Gran Canaria. Although I come from Germany, I spent a year on Gran Canaria after my A-levels. I really liked it there. So I went back to Spain for my semester abroad. In order to be flexible, I then decided to do a master’s degree at a distance learning university. Since August 2020 I am back in Gran Canaria.The work is online and the exchange works great via Microsoft Teams.
WHY EXACTLY DID YOU DECIDE TO EMIGRATE?
After graduating from high school I wanted to go abroad, but at first not for a long time. At that time I simply wanted to go abroad to improve the language and get to know something different. And then it came about. I first thought about doing my bachelor’s degree in Gran Canaria. Since I was unsure about my language skills, I decided to do a Bachelor’s degree in Germany. Already during my studies I had the opportunity to go abroad several times. I took advantage of this and went back to Gran Canaria. After my bachelor’s degree I moved there completely, because I simply love it.
AFTER YOU COMPLETED YOUR INTERNSHIP IN GERMANY, HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO MOVE BACK TO GRAN CANARIA AND HOW DID YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS REACT?
First of all, I informed myself about an opportunity to continue working at FIEGE. My colleagues knew that I wanted to go abroad again. Many companies would probably not agree to this, as I would have to be on site. Therefore, I initially thought about a compromise: To work on site or in Gran Canaria on a monthly basis, alternating between the two. This was quickly resolved, as my move back to Gran Canaria was well accepted. The tasks are arranged for me in such a way that they can be done online. I can come to the office at any time, but it is not mandatory.
My family and friends have already assumed that I will return to Gran Canaria. I actually only came to Germany for the internship at FIEGE. In between I am in Germany to visit my family and friends. Otherwise I spend most of my time there. They also think it is great that I can continue working at FIEGE. Nevertheless, everyone was positively surprised that I am given the opportunity not to have to be on site. This is not something you can take for granted.
DID YOU HAVE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT MOBILE WORKING AND DISTANCE IN THE BEGINNING?
No, I had no concerns at all. We have already been working mobile for the first weeks of the Corona period. For me personally, it was of course a bit more difficult in the beginning, because even during my start at FIEGE we worked from home. Over time I got to know all colleagues and now the exchange works very well. I write or phone with my colleagues about Microsoft Teams. Nevertheless, I miss the time at FIEGE on site. If you were in the office for eight hours a day, that is most of the time of the day and you spend a lot of time with your colleagues. Even though it is nicer to have someone on site, I do not see this as a challenge. On the whole, I get along just as well with the work in Gran Canaria as I do on site.
WHAT DO YOU FIND PARTICULARLY APPEALING ABOUT GRAN CANARIA?
The climate appeals to me a lot because it is not as cold as in Germany. In winter, for example, it doesn’t get cold and you can go to the beach all year round. On the other hand the island is also very diverse. There is not only the beach, but also beautiful mountains, mountain landscapes and forests. The island has very varied and diverse areas to offer. In addition there is a big capital, bigger and smaller cities with bars and cafes as well as some companies that are represented there. In addition, I have noticed that the people in Gran Canaria are more open-minded than in Germany. For example by welcoming people immediately.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO MOST IN YOUR FREE TIME?
I used to do sports, now I don’t anymore (laughter). In summer I like to go swimming. Especially after work and lectures it’s great for my back because I sit all day long. On weekends I like to do something with friends or we go to the sea when I am in Germany.