Kristian found out about the opportunity on the EURES Slovakia website and didn’t hesitate to submit his CV. It was received by EURES Adviser Ivana Sentpéteryová, who cooperates with Werner Schmidt, a long-time employee of Deutsche Post responsible for recruiting new employees and supporting staff living and working in Germany.
After submitting his CV, Kristian was invited for an interview via Skype. The interview went well, thanks to his very good knowledge of German. He joined the team at the end of June.
During a visit to Deutsche Post in July 2018, EURES Advisers from Slovakia met with Kristian to find out more about his experience. “The beginning was difficult,” he shares. “I thought that the sorting of the post would be the hardest part of the job, but it was not.” That turned out to be delivering the post itself, which meant he had to learn the geographical layout of his assigned district very quickly. Fortunately, a mobile navigation was on hand to help him.
Another challenge for Kristian was communicating in the German language. Although his knowledge of the language was excellent, he had to learn a lot of new terminology related to his job. During his first two weeks, his manager met with him regularly and provided support, until he was able to do his work flawlessly.
Kristian is very glad that he decided to work for Deutsche Post. He enjoys working outside and as he delivers the post on an electric bike, it’s not particularly physically demanding. He can imagine working for Deutsche Post every summer while he’s a student, although he may not be able to due to the demanding workload that comes with studying medicine. If he does choose to return to being a postal worker, then Deutsche Post will gladly welcome him back.
Starting a new job is never easy. There’s always a lot to learn and an undeniable pressure to perform. When it comes to being a postal worker at Deutsche Post, Kristian has some valuable advice: “Don’t worry about making mistakes during the first few days and persevere!” he says. “Come prepared. Knowledge of the German language is important, because you will communicate with people in this job. Also, read the contract before signing it, because you will find a wide range of important information about your rights and obligations.”
The cooperation between EURES Slovakia and Deutsche Post has achieved real results in 2018 and proved popular, with many students applying for the available posts. With Deutsche Post always looking for new employees on a permanent and seasonal basis, the company hopes to be able to continue the successful partnership in the future.
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- 9 October 2018
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