As part of the celebrations marking the 650th anniversary of the University of Vienna, we are presenting several voestalpine employees who graduated from the university. Find out more in the following interview about Martin Angerer, a personnel controlling expert at voestalpine Stahl GmbH.
Born and raised in Linz, Martin Angerer completed high school in his home city. He then moved to the capital to study at the University of Vienna. Martin Angerer graduated in 1998 with a degree in psychology, having majored in business psychology. In the following interview he talks about his professional career and current responsibilities within the voestalpine Group.
What makes your degree interesting, and how does it help you in your current position?
Many reasons, including the precise, methodical approach to socio-scientific subjects, excellent empirical training, and a solid, interdisciplinary and theoretical basis to the psychology of work and organizations.
"I still see some of the things I learnt over twenty years ago in my current work."
What moment do you remember in particular?
I was studying at a time when it was still normal for students to take a sleeping bag and provisions and go to the institute at 11:00 at night in order to secure a place on an undergraduate seminar the next morning. But what I also remember well is the fact that there was an excellent student-teacher relationship. During the second half of my studies in particular, teaching staff gave us plenty of space to develop, both personally and in our subject areas.
What brought you to voestalpine, and when?
I came to voestalpine Stahl GmbH in Linz in 2002 having made an unsolicited application. I’d been working in personnel management for a technical service organization for 3½ years before moving over to developing and managing HR systems. I’ve been in charge of personnel controlling in the Steel Division for around five years now.
Tell us something about your work.
In general terms, my job is to organize information which is relevant to human resources, to summarize and evaluate this information, and then present it in a form which can be used in discussions about organization. It may have to do with planning our future, screening past or current developments (e.g. demographics or educational systems), or comparisons with environments relevant to the Group.
What do you particularly enjoy about your job and working at voestalpine?
Because of its size and high level of process integration, voestalpine offers personnel specialists almost everything they could wish for.
"And there's also a 'voestalpine spirit': there is a perceptible bond amongst the employees, between employees and the company, and between the company and its employees."
What tip can you offer potential applicants in your area of operations?
Nowadays you need the following qualities in this line of work: curiosity, the capacity for critical thinking, the ability to take the holistic view, common sense, flexibility, the ability to work in a team, and a willingness to learn and be innovative. You also need a solid education, either in the social or occupational sciences, employment & social law, or in economics.