"You choose the profession – not the other way around!"

Experience report: Fynn Tiedemann began his career with an apprenticeship at Körber. Today he is an industrial mechanic in our Business Area Tobacco.

Why did you choose the industrial sector?

Mechanics have inspired me from an early age, and the industry is where you find the best applications on both a large and small scale: from small spring mechanisms to huge base plates that have to be assembled by overhead crane.

What training did you do to get started?

I completed my apprenticeship as an industrial mechanic at Körber and have been a permanent employee since I finished my apprenticeship. I already felt right at home in this industry during my internship period. Team spirit and a thirst for knowledge is required – you can't go in thinking that you already know everything. Learning from others and developing yourself is the key, but even the "old hands" can sometimes be helped with fresh ideas.

What does your daily work look like?

My job revolves around assembling individual machine modules with varied designs. My responsibility is to properly assemble and adjust each component to achieve the highest possible precision, safety and longevity of the machines. Components include cutting knives, quality measuring units, metering modules, high-speed transport drums, and more. I am also frequently involved in innovative new-generation prototype projects.

And which technical and social skills are required for this?

For me, manual dexterity, spatial imagination, understanding of problems, the ability to work in a team, willingness to help (spontaneous assistance) and stress resistance are basic skills that can also be acquired for the most part during training.

Would you choose this career path again?

Absolutely. It's an ideal introduction to the working world and a perfect orientation point for the future. Working at the Körber Group is something special: the trainee program is very well structured and the atmosphere is family-like. The training is very varied, and over time you get to know many different areas and people. Of course, this is enormously helpful when starting out on your career. There are even corporate sport teams and events.

Finally – what would you tell school graduates?

You choose the job, not the other way around. Don't be led into something you don't really want. Neither family nor friends should tell you what to do, although you can of course ask them for advice.