Hey, wow, 70 days of New York City are already over. I am currently working here at Lufthansa Cargo on Business Development topics together with very nice colleagues. I am learning a lot of new things daily and my desk provides a perfect view of the south runway of JFK International Airport. What does New York, New York make you think about? Skyscrapers, a melting pot of cultures, Central Park, and Broadway. Yes, you can experience all of that and even more here. Just riding a bicycle through the streets of Brooklyn offers a journey through the cultural diversity of our planet with millions of stories in confined spaces. I look forward to and am curious about the remaining 30 days I have left here.
Ramba Samba instead of Waltz! – only two weeks after I arrived in Vienna for my assignment at Austrian Airlines, the Management invited all employees to celebrate the 2015 results, the new Embraer aircraft (from Brazil …), and the cultural transformation which is underway and going well at Austrian Airlines. What a perfect opportunity to get to know my new colleagues! Maybe that’s when I fell in love with “AUA” – and it made me think of staying in Vienna for more than just three months … Let’s see, where this will end.
Dear blog readers,
those of you who follow our blogs regularly will remember from Fred’s blog a few weeks ago that I am currently based in Shanghai, as well!
Despite my existing experiences in Asia during my study term abroad, I discovered a new part of the world in China – a very exciting part I would say.
My encounter can be separated into two major building blocks: job world and private life. On the one hand, I encountered the Chinese working culture and got a glimpse of how the interaction among Chinese colleagues works. On the other hand, I gathered first-hand experience of the tension Shanghai symbolizes – a rapidly-growing city in a country, which opened not too long ago in comparison to other economies.
I’m slowly starting to feel at home somehow already, but my thoughts are directed to saying good-bye again. Even though I am still here in Shanghai, I feel myself getting closer and closer to Frankfurt again because Fred and I are approaching the final phase of our project and we are working to secure our final project number 4.
As you know this means saying good-bye to ProTeam soon, and hello to my first “real” job. What a crazy thought!
Until the next blog!
My current project is based at Lufthansa Technik in Singapore. I’m supporting the Corporate Sales Team for Asia Pacific by mapping the current competitors in the area. The most interesting part about working for Lufthansa Technik is that the customers are other airlines, which are often our competitors in the Passage world. It’s funny how we are all connected through aviation, which is exactly what I love most about living in Singapore…. You can fly almost anywhere in Asia within a couple of hours! Since I’ve been living here, I’ve been able to visit a handful of beautiful countries on the weekends (Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Vietnam). This conglomeration of different cultures, religions, and, most importantly, foods makes every day feel like a new adventure! Hmm let’s see now, which country should I visit next weekend…
I’m on a Sales & Marketing project for Swiss WorldCargo in Hong Kong, during the course of which I also get the chance to look into the Cargo operations at an outstation. The project includes the organization of both the Swiss Boeing 777-300ER arrival event here in Hong Kong, as well as a sales seminar in Singapore for our Celsius product. Besides, one of my tasks is to develop standard guidelines for future sales .
The highlight so far was the arrival of the new Swiss Boeing 777-300ER. Together with Swiss Passenger Sales & Marketing Hong Kong, our department organized the inauguration ceremony on the 11th of April, as well as a customer event on the 12th of April. As the team here in Hong Kong is quite small and my colleagues were occupied with daily business, much of the event organization was delegated to me, including the task of master of ceremony, which I shared with Fabia Metzger, the other ProTeam Trainee at Swiss.
Hong Kong is a great city with many different faces. The downtown area has the highest density of skyscrapers and one of the best public transportation systems in the world. On the South side of Hong Kong Island you will find charming beaches with Mediterranean flair.
Someone once said: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – I guess, I have been reading a lot since I started working in this program with Lufthansa. My latest favorite page in my book is called Thailand. – I am absolutely enchanted. This country is not only stunningly beautiful, but it inspires me every day with its kind people, delicious and healthy food and cultural sites everywhere, which will surprisingly find you in the most random corners. When getting off the BTS Sky Train at Asoke station, you will find me working nearby at Lufthansa Global Business Services in the busting and never sleeping central Bangkok. I contribute to different work streams in a global project which deals with setting up a new Lufthansa Service and Call Center in the Philippines. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be part of building up a new unit from scratch. Honestly, at the moment, I feel like reading on forever. I know the next page is coming, and it is going to allow me to discover yet another side of Lufthansa and the world.