Interview with Laura Schlecht

Why did you opt to do an IBMA traineeship at steute?

I decided to do a traineeship at steute because at the interview it was already clear that steute takes its training programme seriously. They were also prepared to let me start my traineeship half a year later because I had initially been at a different company and did not wish to remain there. I am very grateful that I was given this opportunity and feel very welcome at steute.

How was your first week at steute?

Because I started later than everybody else, I first had to catch up at vocational college. I was in the steute Accounts department, and they gave me the time to go through all the material I had missed. But I also had time to get to know the company and its various departments. The colleagues in the Accounts department explained some first tasks to me, such as checking and booking invoices. 

"The atmosphere is very good, the colleagues respect each other, and I can always talk to the other trainees about our work."

What do you like best about your traineeship at steute? And what is it like working with your colleagues?

What I like best about my traineeship at steute is that I get to know many different departments and that my tasks are so varied. In some departments I stay for up to 3 months, which gives me time to settle into a routine and take on tasks which I can complete alone. It also gives me the chance to find out which departments suit me best and which not so much.

Moving through the various departments, I have already met many new people who have been welcoming and helpful. Asking questions is always permitted. The atmosphere is very good, the colleagues respect each other, and I can always talk to the other trainees about our work.

How are your days at vocational college and how much can you use what you learn there at the company?

As a trainee, I go to vocational college twice a week. There I have different subjects, such as business processes, accounting or economics and social sciences. As is usually the case, theory and practice are not the same. At college, I learn about all the basic processes at an industrial company and how they are interconnected. At the company, the actual processes are often different, or other methods and more state-of-the-art technologies are implemented than those taught at college. Some of the lessons at college are out of date, but are still taught because they have not yet been taken off the curriculum. Nevertheless, I am able to put the fundamental theory gained at college into practice at steute, increasing my knowledge in the process.

What would you say to new trainees?

Look forward to some interesting tasks and do not worry about asking questions. Everybody here is willing to help!