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Interview with Nele Grothus
  • Nele Grothus
  • Dual student of business administration, Bachelor of Arts and office administrator
  • With FIEGE since August 2020

HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT FIEGE?

My plan after graduating from high school was to do a dual study programme, as I wanted to study sooner or later after a possible apprenticeship. That’s why I informed myself on the internet about the different possibilities. I also found out about dual studies, which combine training and study, through my relatives. As a result, I applied to several companies, including FIEGE. I already knew the Megacenter in Ibbenbüren, where some of my classmates had worked as temporary workers after their A-levels. Since I now work and study at FIEGE, it has become clear to me that there is much more behind the name FIEGE than just a site in Ibbenbüren.

HOW DID THE APPLICATION PROCESS GO?

After my application in October 2019, I was invited by FIEGE for an interview. After the interview at the headquarters in Greven, I was invited to the assessment centre alongside other applicants, which was accompanied by two dual students from the first year of the apprenticeship as well as the human resources managers. The whole application process was quick and flexible. Overall, the interview was relaxed and had a pleasant atmosphere. I received my acceptance in a few days and was very happy about it.
Why did I ultimately decide in favour of FIEGE? For example, I find the entire process from ordering to package delivery very fascinating. Before I got involved with the company, I gave little thought to what exactly happens in the background of an online order. Moreover, the logistics industry is constantly growing and developing. FIEGE is an innovative company and at the same time offers me a secure job.

HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT THE START OF YOUR APPRENTICESHIP?

I have particularly positive memories of the fact that the older FIEGE students had already contacted us before we started. This gave us the opportunity to exchange ideas and ask questions in advance, e.g. questions about finding accommodation or the vocational school. I also find it helpful that we have a contact person called Bettina Pick, who accompanies us throughout the entire training and is available to answer questions. She also has a large network in the FIEGE world, which we can fall back on for more specific concerns. What I also liked was that we made up for the dinner before the start of the training in mid-August, which was unfortunately cancelled due to the Corona pandemic. There was a small picnic with the dual students of the second year of training in nature at the Aasee in Münster. This gave us the chance to get to know each other well, even though we are assigned to different departments.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE INTERACTION WITH YOUR FELLOW STUDENTS?

We all get along well and help each other where we can. In our free time, we meet up depending on the current circumstances or even have virtual after-work drinks via Microsoft Teams. As a student speaker, I organised the online meeting together with another student speaker. It’s fun to do something with fellow students outside of university and work. Learning together also brings us together.

SO YOU ARE TAKING ON RESPONSIBILITY AS A STUDENT SPOKESPERSON. HOW DOES THAT FEEL FOR YOU?

At the beginning, I had some doubts about taking on so much responsibility. But in the end it was a good decision, because I got to know other colleagues. The exchange takes place not only with students, but also with managers, for example. For example, we organised the FIEGE Christmas tree campaign, in which the dual students set up and decorate the Christmas tree together. Normally we also plan a student trip to visit some branches and spend time together outside of work. We hope this will be possible again soon.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THE DUAL STUDY PROGRAMME AT FIEGE?

Yes, definitely. By changing departments every four months, you get a broad impression, which is not possible in comparison with “normal” studies. I also like the alternation of one day of vocational school, three work days and two unit days, despite the half unit day on Saturday. The practical experience gives you the opportunity to develop your professional interests and discover where you want to go in the future. Moreover, at FIEGE you are very much encouraged as a young person and get the chance to take on responsibility at an early stage. And it really has to be said that all colleagues are very helpful – regardless of whether I was in the home office or on site in the department. I have the feeling that the colleagues are open to students and are happy about our support.