Dualer Student bei BMA AG

“Heading into business even back at school”

Interview withLeon Ahrens
Two years ago, Leon Ahrens started his working life, at BMA. We have asked him some questions that could be of interest to school leavers thinking about their future careers, possibly providing them with some helpful answers.

 

BMA:
What dual vocational degree are you studying for?

Leon Ahrens:
I’m doing a degree in Business Management with a specialisation in Industrial Management.

BMA:
What are the advantages of this type of course, do you think? With hindsight, would you say it was the right choice?

Leon Ahrens
:
Definitely. Now that I’ve qualified as an Industrial Business Assistant, I can say that it was the right choice for me. There’s a large practical part, so you can apply the theory you learn in your training company straight away. That’s very useful, I think. You spend the first three months of the dual vocational degree course in the company. After that, you study for three months at the WelfenAkademie college of cooperative education. And work and study periods continue to alternate throughout the degree. But it’s not like a full-time degree, because you get paid at the end of the month.

BMA:
Why did you opt for this particular degree? What criteria influenced your choice? What do you like about it?

Leon Ahrens:
When I was still at school, I often did work placements with companies during my holidays. After the experiences gained during that time, I was sure I wanted to do a business degree. So, after year 10, I switched from a “normal” grammar school to one with a business focus. I wanted to be well-prepared to find a company that would enable me to study for a dual vocational degree.

BMA:
What personal strengths played a role in your decision? And what skills do you need?

Leon Ahrens:
You should be good at time management, so the assignments you have to prepare while you are working don’t take up all your free time. Some ambition wouldn't be bad either.

BMA:
How did you find out about BMA?

Leon Ahrens:
On the WelfenAkademie website. After that, I looked at the BMA site to find out more about the company, and then decided to apply.

BMA:
What are your expectations of your training company? Have they been met so far?

Leon Ahrens:
Definitely. During the work periods at the company, a former vocational teacher would come in every fortnight to prepare us for the exam with the IHK Chamber of Commerce and Industry. There was also an internal workshop that was like a mock exam, and that also helped us to prepare for the actual IHK examination. And the departments have always provided active support for our assignments.

BMA:
You’ll probably talk to other students at the WelfenAkademie about your experiences. What advantages are there in training with BMA, in your opinion? What three adjectives best describe your training, would you say, and why?

Leon Ahrens
:
You can train in many departments and I could state my preferences quite early on, to say which departments were important to me. At the start of each work period, we’re invited to a meeting with one of BMA’s managing directors, Dr Rolf Mayer. He asks us things like what areas we’re interested in. That really makes you feel like the company is taking you seriously, even though you’re “only” a student .

I’d say the following adjectives best describe my training at BMA: Flexible – you get to know many departments and you can state your preferences. Independent – once you’ve completed your familiarisation period, many departments assign you tasks that you can complete independently. Interesting – because of your own project work .

BMA:
What would be a typical day for you when you’re working at the company and not studying at the WelfenAkademie?

Leon Ahrens:
I take advantage of flexitime at BMA, so I normally start around 9 a.m. My tasks are clearly defined in the morning, so I can start work immediately.

BMA:
What tasks do you like best?


Leon Ahrens
:
I find tasks in controlling the most interesting.

 
BMA:
Does it take you long to get to and from work?

Leon Ahrens:
As long as there are no roadworks on the motorway, it takes me just 30 minutes to get from Goslar to Braunschweig. That’s definitely ok.

BMA:
What do you do in your free time? Do you manage to combine your training and personal life?

Leon Ahrens:
In my free time, I do a lot of sports, such as football or jogging. There’s definitely enough time for those.

BMA:
Is there any memorable event that you will not easily forget?

Leon Ahrens:
BMA always sends a team to participate in the Braunschweig Night Run. I registered and ran together with colleagues from BMA. The presentation skills training with Heike Zens was also very helpful for my future career, I think .

BMA:
What are your plans for when you graduate from college? What do you imagine your future career to be like? Maybe start at BMA?


Leon Ahrens:
Once I finish my Bachelor’s degree, I’d like to stay with BMA and gain some more professional experience. And after that, I might like to study for a Master’s degree in Controlling.

BMA:
Do you have any personal advice for school leavers?

Leon Ahrens
:
Instead of just taking a holiday job that’ll earn you some money, it would be better to do a work placement that might help you in choosing a career path. It’s also a good idea to attend information events on training options and degree programmes. If you tend towards a certain profession, you’d be well advised to choose or switch to a suitable school. Those were all steps that guided me eventually towards a dual vocational degree.

Many thanks for your honest answers. We wish you much success with your future career, Mr Ahrens! 

 

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