Student is HR boss

Apprenticeship at thyssenkrupp | Angelo Kleinert is HR boss for a day at thyssenkrupp´s Components business.

As part of the “boss for a day” program, the 18 year ol student Angelo Kleinert is assuming the role of Kerstin Ney, CHRO of thyssenkrupp’s Components Technology business area. He accompanies Kerstin Ney during her working day, experiencing first-hand how HR management works in a major group.

Early at a Tuesday morning in November Angelo stands in front of the mirror dressed in a business outfit. Soon he will be picked up from home and taken to the thyssenkrupp Quarter in Essen, where he meets Kerstin Ney.

I’m really looking forward to today. Being able to shadow a board member of a DAX company for a day is something special.

Angelo Kleinert“boss for a day”

thyssenkrupp is participating in the project organized by “Focus Money” magazine for the second time this year. The program is aimed at providing students with new ideas for their career choices and personal development.

The project offers advantages for both sides: It gives students a taster of working life and the opportunity to gain an impression of management duties. As a company we gain valuable insights into how future employees think.

Kerstin NeyCHRO thyssenkrupp Components Technology

The student shadows the manager for several hours, experiencing an authentic working day of a board member. After a meeting at the thyssenkrupp Quarter they travel to a 300 kilometer distant production site in Mandern in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, where around 1,600 of our colleagues manufacture dampers for the auto industry. On arrival, the two “bosses” attend a conference on health & safety. During a tour of the plant the student gains insights into how concrete health & safety measures are implemented in practice.

Travel time is also working time in the life of a board member. That is something that Angelo learns on the journey back to Essen, during which he participates in various conference calls with colleagues from all over the world.

Getting out and meeting employees locally is extremely important and generates trust.

Kerstin NeyCHRO thyssenkrupp Business Area Components Technology

“HR work at board level is not just a desk job. That often necessitates a great deal of travel as we produce components for the automotive and machinery sectors at more than 80 locations worldwide,” says Kerstin Ney about the day-to-day challenges.

“What impressed me most is the variety of issues you have to consider in a very short time as a board member. And the decisions you make as a manager affect employees directly. The health & safety issue made that clear to me. The responsibility a board member bears is huge and it was fascinating to experience that,” said Angelo, summarizing his impressions of the day.