“I want to get to know other people and a different culture”

Eric Njung’e Njoroge from Nairobi, Kenya, has just recently completed his mechatronic technician training. In our interview, he tells us what aspects of an expert assignment in Germany would appeal to him most – in terms of specialist knowledge, people and culture.

Eric Njung’e Njoroge

Eric Njung’e Njoroge, *1991, Nairobi, Kenya. Electrical and mechatronic technician, currently working at Tropical Power Limited.

The interview

Eric, what is your field of expertise?

I’m an electrical technician. Currently, I am working at a company called Tropical Power Limited. The training I did was a diploma in electrical engineering and electronics from a technical institute in Kenya and then I joined an apprenticeship programme. It was a collaboration between Coca Cola and Krones LCS East Africa Limited and there I was trained as a mechatronic technician. I finished in the year 2020.

Have you ever been abroad?

No, I have never travelled to any other country. I’ve never left Kenya.

What would interest you most about a Team works! expert exchange assignment in Germany with the AGYO?

I want to learn about the culture in Germany. It is very different to my country. But I also want to learn about work-related things I would enjoy meeting other people from my specialist field and sharing ideas with them.

Would it be important for you to be accompanied by an older, experienced expert during your assignment in Germany?

I think it would be good to be supported by an experienced expert in Germany. He or she can guide you in what you do and can share a lot of knowledge with you. They can show you everything there. So I think this kind of support would be good.

I would particularly like to ask how companies in Germany train their technical experts. I think continuing professional development is important; how to improve my skills and knowledge.

What would your family and friends say if you told them you’d like to take part in Team works!?

My family would understand and appreciate the idea. As for my friends, they would be happy for me because afterwards I’d have a lot to share with them about the culture, my experiences at the workplace and Germany.

What would you really want to ask your colleagues during your assignment in Germany?

I would particularly like to ask how companies in Germany train their technical experts. I think continuing professional development is important; how to improve my skills and knowledge. Team works! would make it possible to share experiences, which would definitely be useful. In particular, I’d like to gain more experience in industrial automation because my dream is to become a program engineer. I believe I would learn a lot in Germany.

What would you like to bring home from your assignment in Germany?

Knowledge and experience, which I could share with my colleagues. That would make my employer happy too.