Korbach, Hesse. Angelika is determined and starts looking early for a suitable partner for an apprenticeship. She would like to complete a practical training course, and at the same time study mechatronics. She is ready to leave her home in North Hesse at the age of only 19 after graduating from high school. She is a little nervous, because in addition to the challenges of her studies and training, this also means becoming independent.
She gets a referral to AB Elektronik from a counselling centre. The combination of a technical course of study in Dortmund, with periods of presence at the Werner company, meets her expectations precisely.
Angelika: “I liked the speedy application process at AB Elektronik, and the training model, in which college and company always run in parallel, was more advantageous to me than a sandwich course.
The company location in Werne resembles my home town Korbach a little. That was an additional plus point, because I’m not a fan of big cities. The FOM in Dortmund is easy to reach from there. So I quickly decided to accept the place on offer.
I knew that I could achieve the goals I had set myself. Nevertheless, there were small doubts, because the requirements of a dual study program are quite demanding. And although it was my wish to become independent, the separation from home was more difficult for me than expected.
When everything was in place and an apartment had been found, I was informed that my chosen mechatronics course had not come about, and that I had to switch to mechanical engineering at very short notice. I had already gained a very good impression of the company through the discussions with AB and did not want to change. However, I accepted the change of discipline and began my studies in September 2013.
In this situation and at the age of 19, it was very important for me to be well received in the company. The lack of leisure time, which comes with the intensive training, allows little time for making new acquaintances. That makes having good colleagues and a working environment in which you feel at home all the more important.”