I am a Volkswagen native. In 2003, I joined the Group on a dual study program, and starting in 2008, I worked for Commercial Vehicles in Development for three years. In 2011, I went to Brazil for 3 1/2 years. There, I worked in Development on the Amarok, and in Procurement, implementing the Up! – from the biggest to the smallest Volkswagen, so to speak. In 2014, I came back to Wolfsburg to Purchased Parts Management and was responsible for the vehicle launches of the Tiguan, Polo and Golf 8.
When I moved to Faculty 73, my parents said it was “absolutely the right decision.” My boyfriend grinned and said he was now dating a nerd. He is very supportive and asks me every day what we have done and learned about.
My aim at Faculty 73 is to expand my hardware expertise with software knowledge. I would like to develop further in order to have more possible job opportunities and be even better prepared for the future.
Studying at Faculty 73 pulls me out of my daily routine. Everyone here really has to be open to new things, regardless of what they have done before. This applies both to the lectures and to the work in small groups. I am surprised at how diverse the 100 participants are: we are people from inside and outside the company, with different levels of professional experience and prior knowledge in IT. I think we can learn a lot from each other by working in teams.
I also did not expect there to be so much management attention toward this project. This shows how important the new focus on digitalization is for Volkswagen.
For me, the highlight of the first month was the Skype interview with the Swiss university lecturer Dr. Thomas Sauter-Servaes from the ZHAW School of Engineering in Winterthur. He talked about future visions, autonomous driving, car sharing, the transformation of business areas in the automotive industry, and the opportunities and risks of progressive digitalization.
I am particularly looking forward to excursions to subject areas which we would not look at otherwise. For example, we will be visiting labs in Munich and Berlin, and the IT City in Wolfsburg. I am very curious to know what our colleagues there are currently working on. And this can help us to find out what interests us, where we want to expand our knowledge and which department we would like to work in when the two years are up.”