It's our employees who make voestalpine Group what it is: all kinds of people, a potpourri of personalities, mentalities and cultures. The High Mobility Pool, an international trainee program for people with some years of work experience, aims to support the voestalpine internationalization strategy. Our international members will, for example José Samuel Ramirez Torres from Mexico, report about their lives and experiences at voestalpine.
My name is José Samuel Ramirez Torres and I’m a member of the High Mobility Pool 2013. I’ve been living in Austria since 2010 when I started studying for my Masters at the University of Applied Sciences in Steyr. Ever since my schooldays I’ve wanted to study and work abroad – but I never thought this would bring me to Austria! However, I’ve now been living here for almost 3 and a half years.
I was born in Guadalajara, in Western Mexico. I’ve now lived nearly a quarter of my life abroad, time spent studying in Asia and Europe. Although my time here in Austria is not the first I’ve spent abroad, it is the first opportunity I’ve had to experience working in a foreign country. Regarding my educational background, I graduated with a Bachelor Degree in International Business Management in Mexico, and I recently obtained my Master Degree in International Marketing Management here in Austria.
One of the most challenging situations I faced when starting in the High Mobility Pool was working completely in German, and particularly challenging when dealing with very specific topics. However, thanks to ongoing training and daily activities, I’ve already overcome that obstacle. Right now, for my current project, I constantly need to travel to a voestalpine company in Germany to attend meetings with the project team; I don’t want to say that it is not exhausting, nevertheless I can see that this kind of effort bring good results for an optimal project performance.
The opportunities I’ve had thanks to the first two High Mobility Pool projects have given me the chance to work with very interesting people in Germany, and currently in Krems, on projects in the fields of logistics, sales and marketing. What I find really interesting is not only the experience I’m getting from all the projects run by voestalpine, but also the knowledge and experience shared by all the people who directly and indirectly participate in all of them.
It has been almost a year since I started working for the High Mobility Pool. However, I’m still excited about the new experiences my next projects will bring and the opportunities to meet more people from different countries and different cultures.