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From an internship to permanent employment - Maya reports on her career at K+S

In this article, Maya reports on her exciting path from being an intern to student worker and final thesis to permanent employment at K+S.

My name is Maya, I am 27 years old and recently wrote my master's thesis in the HR Marketing department at K+S. I completed my bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics at the University of Kassel and moved to Saarbrücken to study international management in English at the University of Applied Sciences for my master's degree.

The start as an intern and working student

During my bachelor's studies, I completed my compulsory internship in the HR Marketing department of K+S Aktiengesellschaft. Here I had the opportunity to gain my first professional experience. The combination of marketing and HR as well as the varied tasks and fields of the activities aroused my interest. My work included the preparation of advertising materials such as flyers and brochures, but also writing news articles and preparing presentations. I was allowed to take part in many appointments as well as meetings and was always a part of the team. This encouraged me to stay with K+S after my internship was over. A few months later, I had the opportunity to accept a working student position in a different area of the HR department. 
At that time, the Compensation and Benefits department was working on a major international project, in which I was allowed to participate. Here, too, I had many exciting tasks and had the opportunity to meet and work with foreign colleagues as part of the project. Within the project team I was assigned exciting but also challenging work, where I could learn t and gain a lot of experience. I would have liked to stay with K+S even longer, but unfortunately my master's degree took me to another state. 
After my internship and student worker time, I was accepted into the linK+Stay student loyalty program. Here, I was always kept up to date on current topics at K+S via e-mails and newsletters. An underground trip to the Merkers visitor mine was also organized. There I could exchange and network with other linK+Stay students, which was a lot of fun. The participants came from different departments, what made the exchange even more interesting and I could learn a lot about different departments and fields of activity at K+S.  

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Final thesis: "Effects of digitalization on vocational education and training at the K+S Group Germany"

When my master's thesis was around the corner, I asked my contacts in the link+Stay program whether it was possible to write my thesis at K+S. After a brief consultation with various departments, I received positive feedback. K+S offered me the following topic: "Effects of digitalization on vocational education and training at the K+S Group Germany” . This was a good topic for as I was very interested in the connection between digitalization and human resources. During the time I was working on it, I was allowed to travel to Werk Werra plant and exchange views on the subject of digitalization with instructors and apprentices. I was warmly welcomed by all of them and was able to gather a lot of helpful information for my thesis.

The chance for permanent employment

Even during my master's thesis, I knew that I would like to stay with K+S after completing my studies. The friendly and open nature of the employees, the interesting and sometimes unique working environment, but also the corporate culture which is shaped by the mining industry provide an incomparable working experience. The encouraging feedback from my superiors supported me in my decision to apply for open job vacancies. Shortly before finishing my master's thesis, I saw an open position in the HR Coordination Europe & Rest of World (RoW) department, to which I applied directly. After an interview with the responsible supervisor, I was offered the job a few weeks later. 

I have now been employed in HR Coordination Europe & RoW for almost two months. This department is responsible for the HR support to the all subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and Australia. The tasks are very varied, and no day is like the other. I support the respective managing directors not only with salary adjustments for the employees, but also with questions concerning staff recruitment, company cars and much more. Every day I am in contact with colleagues from all over the world. The my new coworkers helped me to familiarized myself with all topics and have handed over all current topics to me. Right from the start I was part of the team and was responsible for the countries assigned to me. Of course, the colleagues are always available to me for advice and support. My countries of support are the Czech Republic, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal and Malta. Over the course of next year, I hope to be able to visit some of the locations and meet the colleagues on site in person. I am already looking forward to the new and challenging tasks as well as projects of the upcoming months.
As a HR manager, I am able to participate in many projects, get to know new areas within K+S and can expand my network. Many contacts that I was able to develop during my internship and working student activity are now helping me. 
In conclusion, I can say that my time as an intern and student worker has prepared me well for my entry into K+S and I would apply again any time.

Many thanks, Maya, for sharing your career at K+S with us!

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