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Seeing things differently through the eyes of my dear colleagues in the U.S. helped and will help me to further support the intercompany coordination and communication within Kapsch.

Stephan Dietrich, Trainee 2012-2014, Kapsch TrafficCom AG

A Kapsch Group Trainee goes to the U.S.
Originally from Vorarlberg, I attended the HTL Rankweil and studied business informatics at the Vienna University of Technology. Now I’m part of the Kapsch Group Trainee Program where thanks to the continuing growth of the Kapsch Group I was offered the possibility to go to McLean Virginia, near Washington D.C., to spend 6 months at Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Kapsch TrafficCom AG.

The emerging market and Kapsch subsidiaries in North America enabled me to see the rise of a business where I also was offered to tackle several topics and tasks on my own. I was involved in the roll-out of a new ERP system as well as the controlling and management reporting tools which included user support, testing and the alignment of business processes. Furthermore, I had the chance to participate in the daily commercial project management and bid development of new promising projects in the U.S.

Seeing things differently through the eyes of my dear colleagues in the U.S. helped and will help me to further support the intercompany coordination and communication within Kapsch. It was great to experience a different kind of work environment and cultural setting and make new friends which I will dearly miss back in Austria.

Living in the Washington D.C. and Virginia area with its beautiful environment, breathtaking landmarks and green areas was a real gift as well. A private trip to Chicago and Miami concluded this awesome experience overseas.

I will leave the U.S., Kapsch North America and my new friends with somewhat mixed feelings. I was able to be part of a great companion ship and business, but nevertheless I am always missing home a little bit.

Overall I fell deeply grateful for Kapsch offering me this possibility and I encourage everyone to take the chance to spend some time abroad.