The flying start of Julia’s career: apprenticeships at Kuehne + Nagel
Although logistics may not be the first career path to come to mind upon one’s graduation, it is – according to Julia – a smart move for youngsters who aspire an international career. “If you’re looking for a job with many development opportunities, logistics is a good place to start”, Julia declares. And she knows what she’s talking about!
After her Abitur (i.e. high school in Germany), Julia decided to explore the job market. Almost by chance she ended up in logistics. She clarifies: “One of my family members works at Kuehne + Nagel. That’s how I learned about the sector and became interested in it. In Germany it is possible to start an apprenticeship in logistics: you work almost full time but once per week you attend school. That’s what I decided to do.”
Immersed in the transportation sector, you gain a lot of general business knowledge. That is especially the case for our Integrated Logistics (4PL) department where Julia currently reinforces the team for one of our customers. “I enjoy working in Integrated Logistics because you can focus on one customer and get a deep understanding of that customer’s business.”
Nonetheless, Julia also enjoyed her time in Seafreight where she worked for half a year thanks to the rotation system that allows apprentices to change departments every 6 months. “What’s great in Seafreight is that you cooperate a lot with colleagues from all over the world, from Brazil to China”, Julia explains. Intrigued by the international character of Kuehne + Nagel’s business, Julia even leaves open the possibility of moving abroad should the opportunity ever arise.
Our fast-paced environment keeps our young apprentice busy, but in a good way. “It can be a bit stressful at times”, she admits, “but at least the time flies!” So if you’re young, hands-on and ambitious, take some advice from Julia: “Kuehne + Nagel is a great place to end up when you’re young and eager to grow. Apprentices get many development opportunities and are supported in that with extra trainings!”
Would you also like to join an international company that develops its people? Check out our open vacancies in our Career Portal: https://jobs.kuehne-nagel.com