There are many opportunities to gain practical experience during your studies. Our former employee Cengizhan Sahin has seized them all! In this report, he shares his experiences with us and reveals how his time at people-s-place helped him on his career path.
Internship, Student Job, Thesis - The Full people-s-place-Experience
My business studies at the University of Applied Sciences Neu-Ulm include an internship semester, during which students are supposed to get to know the day-to-day work in a company for half a year and face real business challenges. For my personal search for a suitable internship, an international environment was particularly important to me. On the one hand, because it gives me a lot of pleasure to work with a wide variety of people from all over the world. On the other hand, because I grew up bilingual (German and Turkish) and also wanted to put my English skills to practical use. Prior to my internship, I was already able to gain some experience abroad and, for example, organized a study trip to Japan together with fellow students. I really wanted to continue gaining intercultural experience!
These expectations of my internship were fulfilled at people-s-place from the very beginning. I was now not only working in a multinational team, but was in daily contact with companies and people from different countries. During the internship I got a broad view of the international market and its different industries. In addition, I got to know the daily business of a recruiter, which includes "active sourcing", i.e. the active search for potential applicants. My day-to-day work therefore included searching for talents on social media such as LinkedIn or XING, writing job descriptions or even conducting interviews.
In recruiting, I was particularly fascinated by the work around people. The top priority is to find "perfect matches" between candidates and clients and to see both sides happy in the end. For this reason I decided to stay at people-s-place after my internship as a working student and even to write my final thesis afterwards. My thesis is about personality diagnostics in the selection of applicants (but more about that in a following article).
Now, after the end of my studies, it feels right to gain new experiences, which is why my journey at people-s-place is coming to an end. But above all, my time here has shown me where I want to go in the future: I would like to further specialize in HR and especially in recruiting and gain more experience as a Talent Acquisition Specialist. However, I would be very happy to work with people-s-place again one day! After all, I know from my own experience that candidates and clients are in the best hands here.