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“I like to try things out”

During her daily work in the commercial area, Jasmin loves the diverse job responsibilities, the great team and learning about new topics.

Interview with Jasmin, regional commercial manager in the Communication business unit

Jasmin has been working for EQOS Energie since 2012. Immediately after her training as management assistant in office communication, she dared to take the next step on the career ladder. For the past three years, she has been responsible for purchasing at her location. Despite initial concerns, Jasmin accepted the challenge. Today, she is happy about her courage and proud of what she has achieved during this brief time period.

My responsibilities are very diverse. I purchase materials and subcontracting services, negotiate our terms and conditions with suppliers and manage our vehicle fleet, equipment, warehouse and inventory. When placing orders, our customer, quality and safety requirements must be taken into account, and I am happy to support our guys when they come to me with questions. Controlling at the Steinbach and Schwelm locations has also been part of my area of responsibilities for some time. When we settle the monthly accounts, I go over the individual projects with the project managers in order to check whether the calculations still hold up or what needs to be considered.

I started training with EQOS Energie. My training supervisor has always supported and mentored me. I was allowed to implement tasks that were of particular interest to me, and that enabled me to quickly assume responsibility. Shortly after my training, there were some changes within the team. I had to make a decision: Should I leave? Or should I stay and become the solely responsible operative purchaser? I seized the opportunity and have solely managed purchasing for Steinbach ever since. It wasn’t always easy but I grit my teeth and thought that I would manage it somehow.

» I am young, why shouldn’t I try? «

My motivation is my willingness to try new things in order to grow. I am young, why shouldn’t I try? If I don’t succeed, I can quit anytime. Then it was just an experience. And if I have self-doubt, my colleagues will be there for me. Our great team gives me lots of energy and makes sure I persevere even during difficult phases. Furthermore, my colleague in Schwelm supports me whenever she can and is very helpful. The collaboration is lots of fun, even when we have a lot of work.

For a traineeship in the commercial area, you should be able to communicate well with people. You shouldn’t be shy, and a bit of negotiation skills and assertiveness wouldn’t hurt either. However, the most important thing is to tackle new tasks with enthusiasm – that always helps. If you show a lot of interest and dedication, EQOS Energie will provide you with lots of opportunities to succeed within the company and to educate yourself further. With commitment and motivation, all doors will be open to you here.