Stand behind what you do!
An interview with bb-net managing director Michael Bleicher in the magazine fit for Job! the IHK Würzburg-Schweinfurt.
WHAT TRAINING HAVE YOU DONE?
I trained as a merchant in wholesale and foreign trade. Studying was too far removed from the real conditions in the world of work for me. That is why I left the grammar school after the 10th grade in order to then attend the technical college and then start my training.
WHY EXACTLY THIS PROFESSIONAL FIELD?
In my opinion, this training is one of the more demanding ones, it conveys a lot of basic knowledge and makes you fit for tasks in the real economy. I wanted to be my own boss very early on. I was able to use the training as a kind of universal tool for myself.
WHAT TIP DO YOU GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE BEGINNING YOUR TRAINING?
They shouldn't accept the first apprenticeship position that comes with them, nor should they just follow the wishes of their parents. Ideally, they use the time before the training to find out what they really want to do.
It is always helpful to do several internships in different companies so that you can later make the right decision for yourself. And if the initial training doesn't work, there's nothing to prevent you from reorienting yourself again.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR TODAY WHEN YOU HIRE AN APPRENTICE?
He has to bring that certain something. We want to keep growing and are therefore looking for talents who really want to contribute. Who made a conscious decision for this job and want to make a difference even after their training. It is important to me that young people fully support what they do.
WHAT WILL YOU NEVER FORGET FROM YOUR TRAINING?
What you should never forget: You don't learn for your parents or teachers, but always for yourself. My training was a good mix to broaden my young horizons in theory and practice. I can therefore only recommend training to everyone.
You can of course get advice about a job or google it on the Internet. The best way, however, is to do several internships. Here you get a very personal insight into the job, you can ask questions yourself and talk to different people directly. This is the only way to later make a good decision for the future path in life.
Michael Bleicher, managing director of bb-net media GmbH