My experience abroad - Krannich Solar as an international employer
Exciting apprenticeship programs and dual studies at Krannich Solar
Krannich Solar is a company that is increasingly focusing on its own junior staff and has long appreciated the importance of good training. In addition to the classic apprenticeship professions such as warehouse logistics specialist or wholesale / foreign trade clerk, other training opportunities and dual study programs have been added over the years. Krannich now offers a wide range of varied and practice-oriented apprenticeship programs for career starters.
My journey with Krannich Solar begins at our Austrian subsidiary
To give you an insight into the opportunities that Krannich offers its trainees and students, our dual student in International Business, Kathrin, reports below on her international experience at Krannich.
“Early on, I realized that Krannich is a globally active company. In September 2018, I started a one-month pre-study internship at Krannich and was immediately sent to the Austrian subsidiary for three weeks. I was trained in the basics of sales and was able to get an idea how a Krannich branch is structured. The three weeks went by in no time. I gained a lot of insight into the operative business of the Austrian branch, learned a lot and was also able to expand my PV knowledge by participating in a K2 training course. The team in Austria is incredibly open-minded and friendly, and above all their office dog "Gonzo" is always in a good mood. Even though it's been two years since I was there, it is always nice to see my Austrian colleagues again at the Christmas party or at trade fairs.
Next stop – my assignment at our Spanish subsidiary
My next international experience with Krannich was at the beginning of 2020. During my studies at the DHBW I write a scientific project paper every year in addition to my bachelor thesis at the end of my studies. The topic for this paper was supposed to come from within the company to answer operational questions and to point out improvement possibilities for the company. I got the topic for my second project from the International Business department. Since I had already completed a year abroad in Mexico during my school years and went back to Mexico for a one-year voluntary service after graduating from high school, my Spanish language skills are advanced and I was asked if I would like to take on a topic in the Spanish branch. Of course, I did this with enthusiasm and in January 2020, I flew to Spain for two weeks to our branch in Valencia/Picanya. My task there was to document the customer complaint processes and to work out suggestions for improvement. My colleagues in Spain also gave me a great welcome, were very helpful with my project and it was exciting to get to know Krannich's oldest foreign branch (founded in 2004).
Finally: My semester abroad in Mexico with Krannich Solar
At the end of January 2020, I left Spain and went straight on to the highlight of my studies - my semester abroad. Since I am particularly interested in the Latin American countries and my university’s only partner university in Latin America is the Tec de Monterrey in Mexico, it was clear to me that I would return to Mexico. Mexico is a great country with desert, mountains, jungle, Caribbean beaches, and surfers' paradises and has everything you could wish for. Also, culturally the country has a lot to offer with delicious food, big cities, and indigenous villages
The campus of the Tec de Monterrey is in Guadalajara, the second largest city in Mexico. The Tec is considered the best private university in Mexico and ranks among the top 10 most prestigious universities in Latin America. In addition to the very interesting range of courses in various subjects, the wide range of sports and leisure activities offered by the university was particularly attractive to me. I was on the cheerleading team, took a Salsa and Bachata course and took part in a Mexican cooking class. In total, we were about 200 international exchange students from all over the world who wanted to spend their semester abroad from February to July 2020.
All in all, the first few weeks went by as planned. I met a lot of new people and did lots of travelling. Unfortunately, when Corona came to Mexico in March 2020, many of us faced the challenge of whether to stay or fly back home. After consultation with Krannich, I also had to decide what to do. I decided to stay and finish the semester in Mexico. I am very happy that Krannich gave me this opportunity to complete the semester there and to have a great time even under changed conditions and was always available as a contact person. After my return, I am now starting work again with many new impressions and can immediately apply the newly acquired skills in practice. Among other things, my newly acquired knowledge of how to integrate international and business management contexts into my everyday work at Krannich is a great advantage.
The opportunity to go abroad is not only open to International Business students, but also to anyone who shows initiative and a sense of responsibility. For example, there are more and more opportunities to attend national and international trade fairs or to integrate a stay abroad as part of a project. I am already looking forward to my next assignment and hope that it can take place in one of our international subsidiaries again.”
Did Kathrin's international experience at Krannich make you curious? Head over to our career page. We look forward to your applications.