Going abroad with your work experience partner
In Bremen the work experience phase of the Logistics Management degree programme is a three month block alternating with a three month study block. The longer work experience phase makes placements abroad possible as well.
The logistics company Duvenbeck uses the three month work experience of its dual programme students for personnel development, networking with foreign branches and to gain experience. The placement abroad is organised by the in-house Duvenbeck Academy so that at first students don’t have to bother with anything. “The students develop a better cultural understanding, they establish friendships in the various branches which make cooperation and flexibility in their future careers easier. For the consortium this means: Better arrangements, better cooperation and more communication between the branches” is how Thomas de Roy, Head of the Duvenbeck Academy, justifies students’ placements abroad.
Same tasks, different culture
The Bocholt based company is a long-standing partner of the Logistics Management degree programme and is internationally active in over 35 locations with more than 6,000 employees. All the company’s dual programme students spend at least one of the work experience phases in one of the company’s eight European branches. Accommodation, flights plus a long weekend at home after half the placement abroad is over, are part of the deal.
The placement usually occurs early on in the programme – in this way some students straight away spent their first work experience phase at a foreign branch. “Even if the tasks are the same, the mentality is different and I learnt to adapt to cultural conditions and adjust my work to them. This newly gained flexibility also benefits me not least in my personal life”, says student Tammo Lübben about his stay in Hungary.
A convincing model
Currently registered students have already been to Poland, Hungary, Spain, Austria, Romania and Slovakia. The welcome they get in the foreign branches is usually warm and already after a short time the students are well integrated and play football with the locals or are invited to family celebrations at the weekend. Tobias Quebe too, a dual programme student in his 6th semester, quickly settled into the branch in Braşov: “Romania is a country to which I had never been before and about which I knew nothing up until then. Added to this was the fact that I was the first dual course student to be placed here. After a short time, it was clear to me that colleagues are friendly here too and are always happy to help others.”
Today, initial sceptics are enthusiastic about the project and the students and particularly welcome the “fresh vision” that they bring into the companies. In the meantime, the German company headquarters receives specific requests for placements of dual course students in certain projects.