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An interview with Marta Ludkiewicz

"I now know what I want to do in the future"

An apprenticeship away from home is a great adventure. Marta Ludkiewicz from Poland has taken the bold step to move to Germany. Since two years, the 26-year-old has lived and worked 600 kilometres away from her hometown. She is taking part in the Nagel-Group's international training programme since 2015. The apprenticeship in freight forwarding and logistics is based at the Corporate Headquarters in Versmold and at the branch in Borgholzhausen. In the interview, she describes how she has coped in Germany and what experience she has gained.

Marta Ludkiewicz

Ms Ludkiewicz, how did you find out about the Nagel-Group's international training programme?

I had already worked for the Nagel-Group in Poland. I was responsible for the invoicing of international transports in the export department at the Komorniki branch in Poland. That is where I found out about the programme and I immediately jumped at the opportunity.

Why did you want to come to Germany?

I hoped to gain insight into how things work at the Headquarters. I knew in advance that I would be working in different departments – and that is exactly what I wanted to do. My objective was to get to know the different facets of the Nagel-Group. I have succeded in doing this. I greatly appreciate the practical training offered at the company and the school-based training at the Rudolf-Rempel-Berufskolleg (vocational college) in Bielefeld. It was one of the reasons why I decided to come here.

A new job, a new environmnet. Was "the first time" in Germany difficult for you?

I haven't had any difficulty handling the big everyday problems. Naturally, I miss my family and my friends My parents visited me this year, and last year my sister and my best friend came for a visit. I try and travel the 600-kilometres to go home once a month I miss my hometown Poznan. Versmold, with a population around 20,000, is relatively small. Poznan has more than 500,000 inhabitants

From a metropolis to a small town. What are your impressions of Germany?

I am very happy here. Everyone is nice, open, and helpful. My colleagues help me immediately, if I haven't understood something straightaway . I have adapted to the German mentality fairly quickly. I had already learned the language at school, that is why I only had a few problems. I know that I still make mistakes but people understand me.

What does your normal day in Germany look like?

I live here together with two trainees from Poland and Hungary. Sometimes we go out together, or we do some sport, or we go sight-seeing. I also enjoy spending time alone, riding my bicycle – you can do this really well here in Versmold – or I watch films, like I did in Poland.

What are your plans for the future?

After my training I will go back to Poland and start working for Nagel Polska. I would love to go back to my old department. I can reap the benefits of my training from Germany there.

What's the best thing about the international training programme?

I particularly like the opportunity to change departments. This allowed me to carry out various tasks and find my strengths. So far, I like the forwarding department in Borgholzhausen best. I would also like to work in transport planning. I have high regards for the Nagel-Group as an international company. I like the fact that the company is constantly evolving and the employees are encouraged to do the same. For these reasons, I can highly recommend the international training programme. My expectations have been met. The training has enabled me to find out exactly what I want to do in the future.

Nagel-Group's international training programme
The Nagel-Group is characterised by its European network, which also plays an important role in the training and continuing education of its employees. Nagel-Group's international training programme offers a range of qualifications, both practical and theoretical. Young adults aged between 19 and 24 can come to Germany to take part in a vocational training programme in freight forwarding and logistics services at the Nagel-Group. The reduced training period lasts two years. More information about this are available in www.nagel-group.com

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