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Review: Talking to an international alumnus (29.03.2019)

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On the 29th of March, the international alumnus José Ramírez Bucheli spoke to us about his journey through life and his experiences in another country: Born and grown up in Ecuador he made an exchange year in Siegen without speaking any German. He had a difficult start here in Siegen because of the cold winter, the language difficulties and the cultural differences. However, at the end he loved Siegen and stayed in the city because of the numerous advantages.

The advantages of Siegen: 

  • Fair prices for food, rent and real estate
  • Good strategical location because of four international airports nearby (Köln/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Dortmund)
  • Good life quality: A lot of nature in the area like the Biggesee and the Rothaarsteig, Shopping and sport locations are not too crowded
  • Attractive working companies

José works at Vetter, a company located in Burbach that produces forks for forklifts. The family owned company is a so-called “hidden champion”, an unknown international market leader based in our region. Although it is a small company, it has big influence because it acts global. More than 100 hidden champions are located in the region of Siegen where you can find a job.

Strengths of hidden champions:

  • Security and stability
  • Work-life balance
  • Flat hierarchy
  • Market influence
  • Fair conditions

Weaknesses of hidden champions: 

  • They act global but think local (too German)
  • There is less specialization degree in some functions
  • Unclear path definition for career development
  • Unknown reputation

Your chance is to convert the weaknesses into strengths by thinking different and global and by bringing the diversity. On this page you can find a list to download with all the hidden champions in our region.

José advises to do what the market is looking for but not to forget the fun. In addition, soft skills are important. Of course, speaking German is necessary. If you are able to pronounce this word correctly, your German is really good:


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