Practice first, theory later

Interview with A. Kirchhoff
Period from 01.09.2015 to Q1/2019

BMA:
Mr Kirchhoff, you are currently training as a machinist. Why did you opt for a traineeship as your first step on the career ladder?

A. Kirchhoff:
For me, training has the advantage that you gain practical experience, which will help you handle problems with more confidence. Unlike pure theory, which you’d learn on a degree course. Plus, you learn how to best approach a task in order to reach your goal efficiently and as quickly as possible.

BMA:
And why did you choose to train as a machinist? What personal strengths played a role in your decision?

A. Kirchhoff:
Originally, I wanted to do something with electrics. But because I have red-green colour blindness, I had to find something else. A friend recommended training as a machinist, so I looked into it. To train as a machinist, you have to be interested in engineering and mathematics. You also have to be good at logical reasoning, have 3-dimensional understanding, and enjoy practical work.

BMA:
Why did you apply to BMA? How did you find out about BMA?

A. Kirchhoff:
That was an easy decision to make: my dad worked for BMA for 46 years, so I’ve known the company since I was small. Another strong argument was BMA’s excellent reputation, not just in Braunschweig but worldwide. Because of its many international subsidiaries and offices, the high quality of BMA products is known around the globe, which reflects well on BMA.

BMA:
What do you see as the advantages of starting your training at BMA? And are there also disadvantages?

A. Kirchhoff:
I think the first advantage is the independence of the trainees. You learn to take on responsibility, and in the end you can see and touch your final product. Because BMA is really central in Braunschweig, it doesn’t take long to get to work, which is perfect. One disadvantage I see is that we have to acquire some knowledge ourselves. We’d prefer to be taught by our trainers. But with problems like those and other conflicts, we can always rely on the representatives for young people and trainees, JAV. They really provide plenty of support to us trainees.

BMA:
What are your plans after you complete your training and what about your future career?

A. Kirchhoff:
After my training, I can well imagine studying mechanical engineering. After that, I’d like to go back to BMA and work there permanently.

BMA:
Do you have any advice for school leavers? Would you recommend your training?

A. Kirchhoff:
I’d definitely recommend doing a traineeship after you leave school, because you get a really good idea about the job. Plus, you look at topics you’ve learned at school from another angle, like Maths, for instance, and you can apply your knowledge in practice. Particularly in mechanical engineering, I think it’s a good idea to start your career with a traineeship rather than a degree course.

Many thanks for your honest answers. We wish you much success with your training at BMA!

 

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