In his third blog article our international "high mobility pool" member, André Padilha Penteado from Brazil, talks about his challenges in his work and private life.
At the beginning of January 2013, I made the announcement to my girlfriend, parents and friends that I was about to embark on a new and challenging opportunity. My first project was based in The Netherlands, with the Metal Engineering Division of voestalpine. I worked on the line and in warehousing improvements for 6 months. During that time I went back to Brazil for two important occasions: I proposed to my girlfriend and also for my father’s 60 years anniversary. Living far from home is not always easy, in fact it demands a lot of emotional control, patience, commitment, openness and flexibility.
New projects & a marriage
My second project took me to Caxias do Sul, Brazil, where I completed a market analysis to define new business opportunities in Brazil for the Metal Forming Division. It was perfect to be close to home, so I could spend time with my fiancée, family and friends. After that, I was in Linz for six months, working for the Steel Division in the Marketing department. And I was getting ready for another big step on my life, my marriage.
Now I am having a project in Brazil again, working there for Special Steel Division and dealing with production logistics. But time is passing so quickly and I am already on the jump to my next step, a project in Germany and China which will start soon.
"The last two years were full of uncertainties and doubts, but thanks to voestalpine and the High-Mobility-Program it became a time full of personal achievements and it marks the start to my dream career."