While still a student, I visited WHU’s annual Supply Chain Campus, an exchange platform for researchers, entrepreneurs and student participants, which I found out about through the IUBH career portal. I got in contact with the HR manager of the start-up InstraFreight and received a six-month internship after several interviews. Although another company offered me a job during the application process, I relied on my gut feelings and stuck to my decision to work for InstraFreight. And it turned out to be a stroke of luck for me: After only three months, the company gave me a permanent position as project manager in the field of groupage.
Climbing to the position of manager after changing companies twice
After a few months, I no longer felt challenged. That's when Liefery contacted me via XING and hired me. I started there as Junior Manager Operations, but soon my old employer InstraFreight approached me again with an unbeatable offer – and won me back. On the one hand, I think a reason I become Team Lead Groupage so quickly is because InstaFreight is growing so fast. Over the past year, tasks and responsibilities have been redistributed, which gave rise to my current position. On the other hand, as a trainee I was very quickly independent and took the product groupage as a so-called “minimum viable product”, i.e. as a minimally functioning iteration of a product that needs to be developed further. So I had a lot of opportunities to optimise the product and was thus able to prove myself on a professional level.
I’m currently responsible for partner management and product optimisation. My duties also include reporting and monitoring of the numbers, i.e. revenue, margin and profit. Of course, as a team leader, I also have responsibility for staff. The special thing about the position is that I can work independently and make many decisions on my own.
Internationality, the programme contents and presentations prepare students well for the profession
Here is something from my studies that helps me a lot: The international environment at IUBH in Bad Honnef prepared me well for my professional life, as InstraFreight is very diverse. Courses like Entrepreneurship and my semester abroad in Rzeszów in Poland, where I mainly took courses in logistics, also helped. The programmes at IUBH are very practice-oriented, and the small groups and the proximity to lecturers and professors made learning much easier. The numerous presentations, panel discussions and group projects also gave me a lot of self-confidence, so I can assert myself in everyday working life, but also gave me the ability to find compromises. In an international industry like logistics, I also really benefit from the fact that my studies were exclusively in English.