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Maria Dimitriou
Maria Dimitriou
Graduate Program:

Sales Advanced Materials

Located in:
Mainz, Deutschland

How did SCHOTT capture your interest? And why did you choose SCHOTT (and the Graduate program)?
The first time I heard from SCHOTT was at my University. Students at FH Wiesbaden gave positive feedback about the company and they said they were very happy working for SCHOTT. Then I checked about the program on the website. The good impression I got from SCHOTT and the program outline made me apply for a graduate position in Sales at SCHOTT in Mainz, Germany.

What is your current job as a Graduate? What are the interesting aspects of your job?
I am working in the sales department of the business segment Advanced Optics, where I support the sales manager. My position is titled, “junior sales manager.” I am working with different cultures and in different countries, where I get a lot of insight into various departments. Right now I am doing my international assignment in Yverdon, Switzerland. I spent the first five weeks in production and now I am helping the General Sales Manager (East Europe & Middle East) and the Deputy Sales Director (West Europe) with all key accounts. My current project is organizing a workshop in Yverdon for certain customers where we will show the capabilities of the Advanced Optics business segment.

Do you also get to gain work experience at an international SCHOTT-location?
Yes, I have been to Penang, Malaysia and Yverdon, Switzerland so far. In Penang, I spent 3 weeks in production (all different departments like pressings, filters etc.) and also in the office (like back office, drawing department etc.). When they sent me abroad, I worked with different departments, where I learned how we do pressings, coating, calculations, drawings etc. I am planned to visit our U.S. plant in Duryea, Pennsylvania next year which I am really looking forward to.

What do you value most about the SCHOTT International Graduate Program?
I gain a lot of different experiences, and I meet a lot of people which allows me to build up a social network within the company and use this network to fulfill my tasks more effectively. With the International Graduate Program not only do I gain specialized knowledge in my area of expertise (Sales), but I also obtain a good overview of the whole company with it’s different Business Units and Functions.

Do you receive any special/further training?
Yes. All graduates have to attend specific workshops such as intercultural training, project management etc. I also attended a presentation and communication skills workshop and a teamwork training. These trainings helped me a lot in my everyday work life, because I learned different techniques and gained some helpful competencies, which you do not learn in the university.

So what's your conclusion of the International Graduate Program at SCHOTT?
For me it was the best decision to join the SCHOTT International Graduate Program after my studies. It is a good opportunity to get to know the processes in a big company and it was a good first step in my career. The program and especially the international assignments are the best preparation for the future development.
Kilian Schmidt
Kilian Schmidt
Graduate Program:

Ceran Production

Located in:
Mainz, Deutschland

How did SCHOTT capture your interest? And why did you choose SCHOTT (and the Graduate program)?
After leaving University as a Mechanical Engineer I was looking for a job in the field of production. An online job posting for the International Graduate Program drew my attention to the Schott AG. The advertisement really spoke to me and I was excited about the opportunities the company offers their young professionals.
Upon further research on the company, I quickly realized that SCHOTT can provide excellent career perspectives for a mechanical engineer. The company operates worldwide, has a fascinating product portfolio and has utmost focus on technical innovation.
Finally, my personal contacts within the company tipped the scales to join the program.

What is your current job as a Graduate? What are the interesting aspects of your job?
Currently I am working for my home department - the CERAN® production in Mainz. This is where everything started a couple of months ago and where I’m going to stay after the program.
My current responsibilities are diverse and multi-faceted. On a long term basis I am responsible for a subproject which aims at increasing production yield. Furthermore, I am involved in the facility planning for a period of several months. This project was set up to prepare the production for future requirements.
Since the end of my program is approaching, I have already taken over some tasks of my future job as leader of a production branch.
It’s a good feeling for a young employee to be involved in future projects and get the chance to to take on responsibility.

Do you also get to gain work experience at an international SCHOTT-location?
As part of the International Graduate Program I spent a few months at our CERAN® plant in the United States. My main task was the transfer of new technologies and improvements. In addition, I had the opportunity to get to know other SCHOTT locations in the region. It’s more than half a year now since this assignment and I am still in close  contact with my colleagues from our American plant.

What do you value most about the SCHOTT International Graduate Program?
The opportunity to gain inside perspectives into different business sectors is certainly one of the greatest advantages of the International Graduate Program. My program has been built based on the product CERAN® and its departments. Besides the production I had the chance to get to know our quality, logistics, controlling and development departments. Furthermore, at the end of my program, a short visit in our sales department is scheduled.
Another big advantage of the International Graduate Program are the endless opportunities of networking. By trainings, discussions and joint activities of the graduates, the program offers ideal conditions for the setting up of a wide network inside the company.

Do you receive any special/further training?
All of my trainings were selected in reference to my current assignment together with my supervisors. In addition to my tasks in the production, I attended two one-week trainings in Lean Production and Six Sigma. Later on I had a multi-day Project Management seminar and a Business English course. Future trainings in Leadership and Personnel matters are planned.

So what's your conclusion of the International Graduate Program at SCHOTT?
For me, the International Graduate Program has fulfilled my expectations as an  optimal career entry program. My work is exciting, multi-faceted and challenging. I can develop my skills and my career is greatly supported and developed.
With the International Graduate Program it’s much easier to develop your career in the right direction.
Mei-Shan Lua
Mei-Shan Lua
Graduate Program:

Electronic Packaging

Located in:
Singapore

How did SCHOTT capture your interest? And why did you choose SCHOTT (and the Graduate program)?
I was attracted due to my interest in the stated job scope and the opportunity to go on international assignments. After going for the interviews and learning more about the program, I became more interested and excited about joining the company. The assessment center I participated in showed me that SCHOTT really makes an effort in recruiting suitable graduates for the program.

What is your current job as a Graduate? What are the interesting aspects of your job?
I am currently under the engineering department but will be rotated into 2 other internal departments within the local office. For me, the interesting aspect is the opportunity to gain experience by working in different departments and being involved in a variety of projects. I really appreciate the presence of a highly experienced mentor to guide me along the way and give me advice when needed, especially since I have limited working experience.

Do you also get to gain work experience at an international SCHOTT-location?
Since I have just been in the program for close to 3 months, I have not started on my international assignments. According to the schedule, my international assignments will include working at Landshut, Germany and Lanskroun, Czech Republic. This is something that I am really looking forward to, especially since the other graduates have shared many positive and interesting experiences they gained after going for their international assignments!

What do you value most about the SCHOTT International Graduate Program?
For a graduate in this program, the most exciting thing will be the annual International Graduate Meeting held in Mainz, Germany! I attended my first meeting after 7 weeks of being in the program and had an exciting and memorable time networking with the other graduates from around the world. The meeting gave all of us a chance to learn more about the other business units in SCHOTT, therefore gaining more knowledge of the company as a whole.

Do you receive any special/further training?
Along with the International Graduate Meeting, I have attended the Project Management and Intercultural trainings in Mainz, Germany. These trainings gave us many useful tips and helped to develop us as professionals working in a global, international company. Other suitable trainings may also be included along the way.

So what's your conclusion of the International Graduate Program at SCHOTT?
As a fresh graduate, joining the International Graduate Program at SCHOTT is a good way to start my career. The guidance from an experienced mentor, attending the annual International Graduate meetings and trainings, as well as the opportunity to go on international assignments will provide me with valuable experiences and networks that are crucial to the development of my career and as a person.
Anne Diederichs
Anne Diederichs
Graduate Program:

Marketing, Sales & Innovation

Located in:
Mainz, Germany

How did SCHOTT capture your interest? And why did you choose SCHOTT (and the Graduate program)?
SCHOTT captured my interest already several years ago during my study days in Mainz. SCHOTT is well positioned in the industry and enjoys a great reputation as employer. After finishing my diploma thesis for SCHOTT, I chose to join the International Graduate Program since this program offered exactly what I was looking for – a well-structured and international oriented management development program.

What is your current job as a Graduate? What are the interesting aspects of your job?
My field of activity is very wide and diversified. But to be brief, I support the Global Sales Manager of Flat Glass in strategic projects and the local sales teams of our production plants in various operational topics. The enhancement of our market intelligence and the support our global sales reporting are other pillars of my job routines.

Do you also get to gain work experience at an international SCHOTT-location?
Yes, this is one of the best parts of the program. Currently I’m located in Sweetwater, Tennessee for 4 months to support the local sales team. But there is also another international assignment in the pipeline.

What do you value most about the SCHOTT International Graduate Program?
The International Graduate Program offers many advantages, but the opportunity to develop yourself in an international environment on and off the job and the resulting international network are definitely the highlights.

Do you receive any special/further training?
Yes, I received several trainings. Not only the trainings provided during the Graduate Program, but also further trainings to advance my skills in my fields of activity.

So what's your conclusion of the International Graduate Program at SCHOTT?
The SCHOTT International Graduate Program is a great entry opportunity. You get to know many facets of the company as you get the chance to rotate through several business units and functions at different locations which allows you to form a solid network already very early in your career. The program supports the development of your career by successfully preparing you for your future position.
Anne Marie Hamman
Anne Marie Martin
Journal Entry 1: Path to SCHOTT

May 2, 2010

I learned about SCHOTT when I was a junior in college seeking an international internship. Through the SCHOTT website, I came across the SCHOTT US Internship Program and immediately applied. I spent the next summer working in the Global HR department in Mainz, Germany. Although I worked mostly in Personnel Marketing, I gained experience in various facets of Human Resources. I was impressed with how much I was integrated into the company, given responsibility and treated like an equal. Throughout my internship, I felt that my ideas and creativity were not only accepted but valued.
After the first month of my internship, I knew SCHOTT was a company where I wanted to build my career. Working in HR, I got an inside look at what the International Graduate Program had to offer. Its unique combination of rotational assignments, international placement, and continuing education classes made it extremely desirable to me. The biggest deciding factor of why I decided to join the SCHOTT International Graduate program was their Mentoring Program. By assigning an experienced manager as a mentor, I felt SCHOTT cared a lot about my personal and professional development. Knowing that someone will be there to answer questions and help guide my career makes me feel extremely confident as I embark on this new phase in life. 

Journal Entry 2: An American working in Germany
July 27, 2010

Nervous.
That is the best way to describe how I felt my first day of the Graduate Program. Sure I had previously worked as an intern but now that I was an International Graduate it was a whole new ball game! Was I going to still be treated like an intern? How was it going to be working fulltime in Germany as an American? Would my colleagues still be as accepting as they were the previous summer?
Luckily, all of my fears and nerves quickly vanished over the course of first day. Everyone in the department welcomed me back with open arms and were willing to aid me in anyway that they could. I was immediately enrolled in weekly German classes to improve my language skills. I was also given extremely interesting tasks by my project manager and was integrated into day to day activities. I also had the opportunity to travel to Mitterteich and St. Gallen, Switzerland to visit the sites and speak with local HR representatives.
Working in Germany as a non-native speaker can be challenging at times and can mean that I have to work twice as hard as my peers. That is why I am so thankful for my mentor. We meet once a month for lunch, but often communicate more frequently. From how to set up an account with a local electricity company to joining a professional network to career advice, my mentor is always able and willing to help me out.
Growing up in midwest USA, I never thought I would be where I am today so I take advantage of every opportunity and tackle every challenge presented. I am so impressed with the International Graduate Program and how I have seen it first hand develop young professionals throughout the entire organization. Taking the position as Graduate Speaker was an excellent way for me to get to know all the graduates worldwide as well as establish connections with other leaders in the company. I am currently working with two other graduates in planning the International Graduate Meeting to be held in November where we will invite over 35 graduates worldwide to the headquarters here in Mainz.

In my free time, I try to travel as much as possible. I am still astounded that, in less than four hours, I could be in France, Holland, Switzerland or Luxembourg! I have been here less than six months and have already been to 5 different countries! 

Journal Entry 3: Rotations
November 29, 2010

I can’t believe that I have already been working for over eight months! I guess time really does fly when you are having fun! My German has gotten a lot better and it is a lot easier now to communication and express myself. Language classes are paying off!

I am currently enjoying the third rotation of the program. However, unlike the Pharma Graduates I complete my rotations within the headquarters in Mainz, Germany. I started off working with the Business Unit Pharma then moved to Management Development and I am now working in Education and Training. Everyday is a learning experience and I am currently working on some extremely interesting topics such as: apprenticeship programs, mentoring, executive development, and change management.

One of the greatest values that I have discovered about the International Graduate Program is the strong International Graduate Network. I have gotten to know graduates from all over the world, in different fields, and in all different business units. It’s good to know that I have a solid group of friends within the organization who I can always call if I need help or even if I just need someone to talk to. We have weekly Graduate lunches where we eat together in the lunchroom. Once a month (often more) we meet outside of work at a local bar or restaurant or for events such as Halloween or Christmas markets. We also take trips together such as Prague, Oktoberfest, or our upcoming trip to Lausanne, Switzerland.

Journal Entry 4: International Assignment in Singapore
April 12, 2011

Ni Hao! Greetings from China!

I have been in Asia for about two months now and it has already been such a life changing experience! As part the international section of the International Graduate Program I have been sent in Singapore for a total of six months until the end of August.
I will be working on two projects while I am here. One project is related to HR policies in China and the other one is to help build up the SCHOTT Academy for training and development in Asia. For the first project, I have the opportunity to travel back and forth to China which is where I am currently located!

Singapore and China are very different from each other. Singapore reminds me of America because it is a melting pot fused with many cultures. Everything in Singapore is fast, convenient, and clean. Even though the country is very small, there is something for everyone!

China has a different charm than Singapore. So far, I have worked in Shanghai and the ancient city of Suzhou. China is not as international as Singapore which is also nice because it allows me to see and experience the distinct local culture. Language can be a challenge at times but everyday becomes easier to communicate.

In my personal time, I enjoy travelling with my housemate (a SCHOTT intern), fellow SCHOTT colleagues and my new friends from Singapore. I will start Mandarin language classes soon and I also participate in many clubs such as Young Professionals Network and Toastmasters International.

I know that the next couple of months will fly by! I am interested to see how it will be to readjust back to working and living in Germany once I complete my assignment in Asia!

Journal Entry 5: After the Graduate Program
January 10, 2012

I can’t believe the program is already over!
The SIGP was honestly the best career decision that I or any other recent university graduate can make. What other program combines international assignments, personal career development though mentorship and trainings, exposure to top management, and rotations into different departments?! Being a Graduate is like having a spotlight on your career from the moment you walk into the door! If that wasn’t enough, you are also automatically integrated into the Graduate community which extends all over the world!
My last two months of the program took me back to my native land, the United States of America. After being away for almost a year it was great to return! I worked at our N. American headquarters in New York. While I was there, I set up the trainings for 2012 and also gained extensive experience in compensation and benefits.
This is my first week in my new position as Human Resources Development Manager in the Center of Excellence for Training and Development. I am now back at the global headquarters in Mainz, Germany and really look forward to starting the next chapter in my personal and professional life. The best part of my new position is that I have also become one of the coordinators of the International Graduate Program. I truly believe in the program and I greatly look forward to the opportunity to contribute to its future development!
I cannot put into words what an amazing experience the International Graduate Program was. I know that I would not have gained the amount of international experience or the global network if I would have gone into a direct entry position. As I move forward in my career, I will always remember and cherish my days as a SCHOTT International Graduate.
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