more than one year ago, we started to blog about our experiences in Lufthansa’s ProTeam Graduate Program. Now it’s time to reflect on the various impressions and countless wonderful memories we had the chance to collect in our projects. On top of that, we also want to give you some insights into the career paths we developed over time.
The program started with a one month of introduction into the Lufthansa Group and its five business segments including trips to Munich and Hamburg. Afterwards, we had a very high degree of freedom when choosing our first and all (up to three) following projects. In this case, “freedom” means that there was no clear project path we had to follow but we were allowed to select projects according to our specific interests in all business areas and all departments. Furthermore – and this was surely one of the highlights during the graduate program – we had the chance to work abroad in one of our projects. But, hey, we are airline employees: Coming home to our base in Frankfurt from time to time in order to participate in seminars and workshops e.g. on airline processes or CVA (= “Cash Value Added”, Lufthansa’s internal model for quantifying its financial success) helped us to share our experiences with our trainee colleagues.
If you want to get a more detailed overview of our projects, the countries where we spent our projects abroad etc., take a look at the blog posts we published over the last few months:
- Welcome to our ProTeam Generation 28 blog!
- ProTeam @ Lufthansa Passage: The operative perspective
- ProTeam @ Lufthansa Cargo: Preparing for the future
- ProTeam @ Lufthansa Passage: Shaping the new Lufthansa
- ProTeam @ SWISS: First SWISS ProTeam presents projects
- ProTeam @ Lufthansa Passage: Moving on …
- ProTeam @ Lufthansa Technik and in Vienna
- ProTeam @ LH Passage and SCORE
- SWISS ProTeam @ Lufthansa Passage and LH Group
- ProTeam @ Lufthansa Passage: Changing places
- ProTeam from East2West
- SWISS ProTeam @ NYC
The ProTeam trainee program officially ends in September, but 3-6 months before, we can switch to a permanent position within the Lufthansa Group. Therefore, all of us already received job offers with regard to post-ProTeam positions from various departments – much earlier than we expected. Julius and Erik even started into their permanent positions in May:
Since mid of May, I am formally no longer a member of the ProTeam as I switched to my permanent position as the executive assistant to the COO of Lufthansa Cargo. Looking back at the past year, I can say that it was a very interesting and diverse experience. Different companies, departments and countries provided me a very broad picture of our business. However it was time to move on and to take up a new challenge. During my project in Atlanta I was luckily contacted by Lufthansa Cargo regarding a position as an executive assistant to a board member and here I am now. This job provides me the unique opportunity to get extensive insights into all major topics that are related to the COO, such as the construction of the new Lufthansa Cargo Center (LCCneo). It certainly will be an exciting time with lots to learn.
I really appreciated the flexibility we had as ProTeamlers and the broad overview we could get in our various projects. During my third project I was approached by Lufthansa Cargo’s strategy department and quickly decided to switch to a permanent position in the field of strategic market and network planning. Here, I am responsible for long-term forecasts and the identification of future innovations within the cargo markets. To the same degree to which I liked the 3-4 month projects, I am now happy to be a full member of a young and dynamic team. It is good to know that I can now contribute to Lufthansa’s success in an even more sustainable way by working in significantly more complex projects with long time horizons.
Hopefully, we could give you many interesting insights into the ProTeam graduate program during the past few months. We are really looking forward to welcoming the members of the next ProTeam generation in the near future. The program is currently revised – it’s worth taking a look at the Be-Lufthansa.com website from time to time to check for further updates on the next application phase.
All the best and good luck