After five successful weeks in America there isn’t anything to complain about for me!
I enjoy every day and try to gain as many experiences as possible in my office but also in my free time.
Fortunately I am allowed to work at Hapag-Lloyd USA because they take care of me and my progress very well.
After a very warm welcome, I started in the Sales Steering Team and I was quickly integrated into the daily working routine.
After completing some online courses, which gave me a good overview about the company and the shipping business, I am working with forecasts from major customers, looking if there is enough space on the vessels for their shipment with Hapag-Lloyds own software, having customer conversations and being a part of important meetings.
I’m busy around the clock, but not overwhelmed. I really enjoy every moment and have lots of fun while working and with my nice colleagues from Hapag-Lloyd.
I am also very satisfied with my host family. They have two little children. Nevertheless, they take good care of me. I even got a car from them, which is necessary, because public transportation in Kennesaw is limited.
Most evenings during the week I go to the gym of the Kennesaw State University, where I am able to establish some contacts. Trips and other leisure activities I do with other internationals exchange students and Americans that I got to know over time.
The time in Savannah was also very good. The class at the Georgia Institute of Technology about Supply Chain Management was informative and the knowledge I gained will help me in my future career as well. The city of Savannah provided a lot of opportunities for sightseeing and the port tour was providing me with a great insight of their operations and how it compares to the port of Hamburg.
I am very excited about the next following weeks!