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"Why I stayed at Melitta"

Marie-Theres Benker, 27 years old, Junior HR Business Partner at Melitta Group Management GmbH & Co. KG

As my Bachelor studies in the Netherlands came to an end, I was searching for a company and an interesting topic for my thesis. In my third study year I had already done an internship in the HR department of another company and was looking forward to gaining more experiences in this field. As I grew up in Minden, I knew Melitta and decided to give it try. I had my first day of work in the Headquarter in Minden three months later and started with my Bachelor thesis.

"My time in Florida was a highlight during the trainee program."

Almost two years later I had to make the next professional decision - the vocational boarding. But how? A junior position or a trainee program? At which company? Which focus area? Could a image staying with Melitta? A few weeks later I had handed in my application for the international Melitta trainee program and found myself in the assessment center. Even though I knew most of the people, I was very nervous. But I did well and so I started, together with three other graduates, the trainee program in HR.

During the following 18 months, I joined the HR department of different business units and gained many valuable insights; not only in Minden. For my second assignment I went to Bremen in Germany and at the beginning of 2018 I moved to Clearwater in the California for three months. Even though it is basically the same company, I was confronted with many new and exciting impressions as the work culture is very different in many aspects. I was able to improve my language skills, enlarged my internal network and last but not least made new friends with the colleagues overseas.

"And now?"

Last month I officially ended my trainee program and started as Junior HR Business Partner responsible for two business units at Melitta. I am looking forward to the new challenges ahead and the collaboration with the colleagues.