2018

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Board of Management Presentation

Tags: Events, Careers, Trainee Community, 2018
In the 15-month ZF Global Trainee Program, participants will become acquainted with work at ZF, rise to the challenges of a daily work routine, apply the knowledge gained during studies to successfully complete international projects and start a promising career at a highly-innovative automotive company.
Marielena Garcia , May 04, 2018
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Marielena Garcia is from Uruapan, Mexico. She studied Mechatronics at ITESM in her country and for her semester abroad she joined an International Program in Engineering at DHBW Mosbach in Germany.
Hello! This is Marielena and I would like to share with you the experience of presenting ourselves in front of the Board of Management. Since the first time the whole batch met, we knew that we would have to present twice in front of the BoM. The first one would be a more relaxing experience than the second one, since we would only have to introduce ourselves while the previous batch presented their final results. I need to admit that the whole process of coordinating this presentation was very funny, especially for Tasi and me, since we were the ones responsible for this presentation.

The task was not easy. First, we needed to find a storyline that would incorporate our introductions, find something that connected us as Trainees yet also made us stand out from the other trainee batches and align our presentation with the theme of the evening. After a brainstorming session with all the trainees, ideas ranging from runway shows, face swap pictures and favorite beer to car components and business strategies, we decided to go for “vision 0 for trainees”. In this story, each of us would share their own vision 0 resolutions for 2018 (since the year was about to start). We asked each trainee to tie their personal as well as their professional resolutions with something related to “0” or vision zero. When we started to collect all the brilliant trainee resolutions, we could not stop laughing; some resolutions were just so funny: Henry wanted to gain 0 pounds in 2018 while Jens wanted to ride his new road bike with zero emissions and hopefully 0 accidents.
A personal advice, if you ever have the chance to participate in the coordination of this event or to be the speaker, do not hesitate, you will enjoy it!

After we created the presentation and worked together with the previous batch to align the three groups, the big day came. Being in front of the highest managers of our company is a very exciting feeling. It was interesting to have people of all experience levels in one room – high-level managers, a new generation of future talent, and trainees ready to end the program and move on to their next roles in ZF. This was still the first presentation and we are looking forward to show the results of a year of hard work in our joint project.
Imagine trying to share all the spirit and enthusiasm of
21
trainees in one 10-minute presentation