When I started my training at MANN+HUMMEL in 2010, I expected many things to happen. However, I definitely did not expect to become an ambassador. Of course, I’m not a real ambassador – I’d have to train a bit longer for that – but I am a ‘training ambassador’. This is how it happened: for every apprenticeship that MANN+HUMMEL offers, there should be at least one apprentice who can advertise their work and training to students still in school. Our training manager, Ursula Fritz, asked me whether I might like to take on this role. I said yes – without really knowing what I was getting myself into.
Preparation is everything – for this reason, a training ambassador can (and should) start by attending a one-day seminar. This seminar provides information such as tips on how to give good presentations in front of groups of people, e.g. students. Some of these things I already knew from school, while others were uncharted territory. Armed with this knowledge, I set about revising the presentation I already had about my apprenticeship as a mechatronics engineer.
So far I have performed as a training ambassador on ‘theme days’ at the Gottlieb-Daimler school in Ludwigsburg, where I gave my presentation twice. But this experience has been enough for me to see the job of a teacher from a different perspective. Their job is pretty taxing! When the class is focussed on the subject, the job can be really fun. But disinterested, lethargic pupils can be irritating! I can now understand why teachers get so frustrated. It’s a positive sign if questions are asked after the presentation – these questions are usually on the subject of potential earnings. It’s not a bad question either. After all, the promotion opportunities and potential earnings are indeed significant factors which make my apprenticeship as a mechatronics engineer more appealing to me than the popular apprenticeships in car mechatronics. On the whole, I think that I have at least succeeded in making a few of my listeners curious about my job. Even a girl showed some real interest. Of course, girls can learn to do my job just as well as boys, but there are far fewer female mechatronics engineers than male ones. It would be good to see a change where more females entered in this field.
I will probably not have another opportunity to work as a training ambassador as I’m going to have to focus on studying for my final exam during my final six months of training. All in all, I’m happy to have done the job, even if it entailed more work than I’d anticipated. It has built up my self-confidence. For this reason, I would say ‘yes’ again if my training supervisor were to ask me.