Just 10 minutes by bike

Interview with Mr Lasse Huusmann about his work placement with BMA
Placement length: 4 October 2016 – 11 January 2017

BMA:
Mr Huusmann, you have decided to work in human resources management. What are your reasons and the criteria for your decision, and what attracted you to the job?

Lasse Huusmann:
When I chose my degree course in Law, Human Resources Management and Psychology, the wide range of topics suggested by the title was what attracted me. What I like about the job is the variety of tasks and the fact that you work with people from all areas and all hierarchy levels. No other department could give you a better overview of current issues, moods and people in the many areas.

BMA:
What personal strengths played a role in your decision? What qualities do you need in this career?

Lasse Huusmann:
I’ve always enjoyed social contacts and working with people. And I think that is an attribute you should have for this job. But you also need to be able to handle giving warnings or terminating contracts.

BMA:
How did you find out about BMA? And what made you opt for a work placement with us?

Lasse Huusmann:
I was born and grew up in Braunschweig, so I’ve always known BMA AG as a local employer for many people in the region, with a long tradition and a central location. When I was looking for a work placement, several aspects of BMA impressed me: its global strategy and multicultural work environment, plus the fact that it bases the company’s success on its employees and is keen to continuously improve its processes.

BMA:
How did you find out about BMA’s offers for students (Internet, exhibitions, friends)?

Lasse Huusmann:
On the BMA AG website.

BMA:
What were your expectations of the work placement at BMA? Have they been met so far?

Lasse Huusmann:
I expected a placement that would give me an insight into the various aspects of human resources management, from recruitment to staff development and to legal issues. And I expected to have plenty of contact with the employees. I’m pleased to say that these expectations have been met. Of course, it would be nice to have more freedom to make decisions, but as a placement student you first have to earn people’s trust.

BMA:
You probably share experiences with other students. What are BMA’s strengths, do you think? What three adjectives best describe your placement, would you say, and why.

Lasse Huusmann:
BMA is a medium-sized company, which has many advantages. Because of its manageable size, you are quickly known as a placement student throughout the company and integrated in everyday work (personal). Also, as I already said, you have a wide range of responsibilities because there aren’t so many subdepartments for individual tasks, as there are in larger corporate structures (varied). So you come into contact with all aspects, which is very valuable for a placement student, I think (instructive).

BMA:
Which practical tasks do you like best?

Lasse Huusmann:
In HR, employees, applicants or other people outside the company often come to you for advice. I very much enjoy dealing with their questions and always try to help people. As I said, I like social contacts, so I also enjoy recruitment management and looking after trainees and placement students.

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

Lasse Huusmann:
Not at all. BMA has a very central location, so it takes me just 10 minutes to get there by bike.

BMA:
Is the placement length right for you?

Lasse Huusmann:
The placement has exactly the mandatory length required by the study regulations for my degree. It is long enough to gain valuable insights and actively participate in everyday work. But obviously, the longer a placement, the more you learn, and the more responsibility you can be given for long-term tasks and projects.

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

Lasse Huusmann:
Probably the Christmas party. It’s not related to HR or to everyday work, of course, but it showed me once more that even as a placement student you really belong, and that BMA offers more than just a workplace.

BMA:
What are your plans after you finish your degree and what about your future career? Maybe start at BMA?

Lasse Huusmann:
Once I finish my degree, I really want to start work immediately and sooner or later have full responsibility for my own area. I may well try and see occasionally whether there are opportunities for a future career at BMA.

BMA:
Do you have any personal advice for students?

Lasse Huusmann:
First and foremost, you should enjoy your time as a student. But you should, of course, also try to gain a wide range of experiences, particularly work experience. As a future HR manager (I hope!), I can confirm that it is particularly practical experience employers look for in an application. When you contact businesses about a work placement or internship, I recommend considering not just large multinationals but also medium-sized companies. And there’s no harm in sending speculative applications.

Many thanks for your honest answers. We wish you much success with your work placement at BMA, Mr Huusmann!

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