Even after five weeks in California, I hadn’t gotten tired of the heat or the air conditioning or the burgers. Why would I? There was’ always a new project on my desk, and ‘ so much to discover after work. 🙂 I hadn’t noticed any big differences but lots and lots of small differences.
Viewed objectively, 30 years might not seem like a lot, but it is quite long time for a young industry like the photovoltaic market. SMA was founded in 1981 and we have grown from a small engineering firm for control systems into a world market and technology leader in PV inverters. I imagine that everyone has a different view of SMA’s history. Here is mine:
Saturday evening was a perfect night to take in some culture. We started at the KulturBahnhof, a train station turned gallery. However except for the grand opening ceremonies, there wasn’t much going on in the early evening. This is where we first encountered museum night theme – find something new. I took it to heart and went on my first ever tour of the newly renovated Ständehaus (House of Estates). Then we wandered through Scheidemannplatz to Treppenstraße. Here I continued to find new things. I caught a glimpse of the Craftsmen’s Guild exhibitors and a few young, enthusiastic stucco workers giving demonstrations, and the winner of the “Ahle Wurscht” sausage contest (a North Hessian specialty). I bought some sausage for later (most of which unfortunately ended up going with my son on his class trip the next morning) and crossed Friedrichsplatz to the hall where the dOCUMENTA is held. There the new dOCUMENTA director was presenting parts of her concept for the upcoming exhibition of cutting-edge art. It will be a creative movement in search of Kassel’s history.
On September, 9 the SMA employee summer party is upon us once again and preparations are in full swing. It’s become too much for one person to handle, so Marketing has taken on organizing the event. But they still ask for my help. They are “borrowing” our apprentices for set-up and tear-down and they want to know where we ordered the food last year.
Even while applying for a position in wholesale and international marketing at SMA, I wondered how soon I might have a chance to work abroad. Before long, I got my wish in the form of a ten-week international internship. Far away, under sunny skies, with unlimited sightseeing and shopping- of course I'd love to go to California (although Italy could still have won me over with all the good food and shoes)
Are you asking yourself how I persuaded my training supervisor to actually let me go? With sound arguments, naturally.