Experience report of Anna Bauer, trainee in office management

Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Anna Bauer, I’m 20 years old, and started my dual vocational training course in office management at Hamburg Süd in August 2016.

Why did you opt for the dual vocational training scheme at Hamburg Süd?

Even as a child I was keen on water and ships, but organizing events and other administrative tasks also gave me a great deal of pleasure. After some research, my attention was drawn to Hamburg Süd, and I found a vocational training course that offered me a combination of both factors. Here I’m close to water and ships, and have a training place with varied areas of responsibility covering all aspects of everyday office life.

What have you especially enjoyed? What perhaps also surprised you?

After spending time in various specialist departments and getting to know the procedures and systems, it was particularly exciting to see how it comes together to form a whole. What’s more, it very much surprised me to experience how much work is done in the background; something you’re not at all aware of at first sight.

What have you learned in the last year? Give us a few examples.

In the past year, I’ve learned a lot about office organization and the processes in a large, international company. I was shown what you should pay particular attention to when planning an event and how the system of a well-managed accounting operation works. Besides that, I was able to acquire extensive knowledge of shipping in passing.

Was there a special milestone, a moment when you surpassed yourself?

While providing support by covering for someone on vacation, I took charge of the all the administrative costs for three weeks. I was a bit uncertain about whether I would manage this assignment after the short introduction phase. In time, though, I got into the processes and programs really well and very much enjoyed the task.

Do you have any tips for interested students who might still be uncertain?

If you’re interested in an international company, in shipping and varied areas of responsibility, then a dual training course at Hamburg Süd is just the right thing for you!