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Report Sara Göttlicher

Report on my apprenticeship experience at Messer

Sara-GöttlicherMy name is Sara Göttlicher. I am in the second year of my apprenticeship at Messer Group GmbH. I am studying for a dual Business Studies degree at the same time at Provadis School of International Management and Technology in Frankfurt-Höchst. Before starting my apprenticeship as an industrial business management assistant at Messer, I had already completed an internship of almost two years and one of six months with other companies. However, I only worked in one department the whole time. At Messer, on the other hand, I have the opportunity to get to know the various departments of the company, so I am learning new activities all the time.

I started my apprenticeship at Messer in the Human Resources department. Here, my work included updating an internship contract under the guidance of my training supervisor.

During my time in Accounting, I was involved in day-to-day work. I recorded incoming invoices in SAP and forwarded these for examination to the appropriate contact person. I usually did this recording in the morning, so that I could deal with different, smaller tasks in the afternoon. My colleagues also explained their current tasks and projects to me.

During my apprenticeship time in the Controlling department, I prepared an example business plan to familiarise myself with the key figures in the field of controlling. In the Legal department, I prepared and gave a presentation on the topic of loan collateralisation. Afterwards, we discussed the topic together and I received constructive feedback.

In the Logistics department of the German distribution company Messer Industriegase GmbH, I regularly updated the scheduling program with the liquid gas quantities, among other things. This data was used as the basis for invoicing by the Accounting department.
During a visit to a customer’s site, which I was allowed to attend, we were given a tour of the production facilities. After this, the application specialist from Messer demonstrated the improvement potential offered by using gases in various production processes.
One highlight was when a customer tank was filled with liquid nitrogen. Nitrogen only becomes liquid at a temperature of minus 196 degrees Celsius and below. While the tank was being filled, the pipes became so cold that the water content in the air turned into condensation on them. After a little while, a light mist formed under the lorry and snow crystals appeared on the pipes and hose. Once the tank was full, the driver let the nitrogen that was left in the hose run out. It looked like water, but evaporated straight away because of the ambient temperature.

I’m now in the last department of my apprenticeship and am preparing my task for the exam. A colleague from the department is supporting me in this preparation and is answering my questions. For the written final exam, Messer has offered to register me for a crash course.

All in all, I can say that the apprenticeship as an industrial business management assistant at Messer was the right decision.