I came to Germany from Iran in 2012 to start work on my master’s degree in Energy Technology at Brandenburg Technical University. My course of studies includes a mandatory internship and, of course, also a master’s thesis. Because my command of German was still rather limited, it was a challenge for me to find a suitable internship and a topic for my master’s thesis.
While research has demonstrated that organizations that have a balance of women leaders at the senior level outperform organizations that don’t, statistics show that only one-third of U.S. women senior managers are married with children. It begs the following questions: How can you juggle a highly demanding career and family harmoniously? How do you combine professional success, development, and satisfaction with a real commitment to family?
“To provide more and more people across the globe with renewable energies.” SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) has dedicated itself to this vision and I have been working right alongside them to this end. My name is Jan Gierse and I am 24 years old. I have been a part of the company and the vision for a good year now and want to tell you about how I found my way to SMA, and what I have done here.
Are you studying Electrical Engineering, Computer Sciences or a similar degree? If so, then consider this: SMA is looking for international students who are interested in staying abroad. To see what it’s like to work at SMA Solar Technology AG, have a look at this video.
At SMA we believe in success through teamwork, and some of our Denver colleagues have displayed that conviction to the community by competing in a local softball league. It gives us great pride to announce that the “SMA-Inverters,” the SMA Denver men’s team, are the 2013 Aurora Parks and Recreation League CHAMPS! With an 11-1 record, they have gone from worst to first, the best of seven teams in the league.
SMA’s stress management training courses have become a real hit with men in 2013, according to Professor Kaluza. Of the 27 participants in three courses, 26 were male. Typically, women make up nearly 80 percent of participants in these types of courses, while men are notorious for avoiding stress management seminars. According to the experts: “Normally, health isn‘t a hot topic in men’s daily lives.”
I’m one of the two lucky trainees who got to go to Rocklin, California to complete a 10-week internship and learn more about the US and its people and culture. Sirin (my fellow trainee) and I are both living in our own little apartments in Roseville, a small neighboring city, and have been assigned a company car while we’re here. And let me tell you something: That car’s a godsend. Sure, driving to work takes only about five minutes, but the distance is not the problem – it’s the heat! The temperatures around here usually hover around 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius), and everywhere you go, the AC is cranked up, which takes a bit of getting used to.
Where to start? Well, my very first working day at SMA is probably the most logical choice. On that day, I received a warm and open welcome, which made the whole process of joining the company much easier. In fact, I felt very much a part of a team from the get-go.
My first day out with my fellow team members at the SMA subsidiary in Sydney
In faraway Australia, people find it important to feel a sense of community. Our new manager, Martin Reinmöller-Kringel, celebrated his new job by hosting a barbeque for everyone a few weeks ago. Shortly before that, last month’s birthday persons were treated to a cake with a candle for each one of them. And…well, I could go on and on, but the point is that for this reason I was definitely not about to miss the team’s trip to the local ice skating rink.