Since October 2015  I am working at the voestalpine plant in Schmölln. I started working as student in the logistics department and in May 2017 I was employed fulltime as REFA administrator and production engineer. Because of my dual Bachelor studies I was used to working and studying at the same time and wanted to keep that rhythm also during my Master program in Business Administration, Logistics and Controlling. In the beginning I worked one day a week, later two and was able to work on exciting project such as the new buildup of the logistic center, logistic concepts and the tugger train planning. I can fully recommend to already start gaining work experience while studying. That has many advantages: You learn to see the big picture and can complete your theoretical knowledge from university with practical experience. Sometimes it gets a bit stressful, especially during exam sessions, but then you learn how to work independently and learn time and stress management. You will collect real work experience, which will pay off not just in the next lecture, but also is a benefit for your professional development. As far as the working atmosphere in Schmölln is concerned, I can personally express my highest praise, because despite the size of the company and the many tasks involved, all employees have a respectful and friendly relationship with each other. Even though everyone has their "own stress", a normal and clear cooperation is possible. Everyone respects each other. I was warmly received and looked after here as a working student and got meaningful tasks, which is not the case everywhere.Also the change to my full employment, after I have completed my Masters Program successfully, went without problems. And due to the very positive work atmosphere, as I experience it, I am always looking forward to new tasks. I hope that doesn't sound exaggerated, but it is like that. My path with voestalpine started as a working student, now I am part of the production engineering team and I am sure that's not the last stop. :-) 

Tim Selbmann, Process Engineer