On my first day, I clutched onto my boarding pass to check in at the reception and was greeted with a warm “Welcome to IWC Schaffhausen”. After meeting the team, I learned about the project that I would be involved in over the next four months. A few days later I was told more about the different sections of the company at the “Welcome Day” for new employees and made some great contacts with newcomers in the other departments. On this day, I was once again aware of how much emphasis is placed on the well-being of employees in this company. The whole induction period was really well organized, which really made starting at the company much easier.
During my internship, I was mainly involved in the “Lean-Blister” project, which basically involved developing replacement part kits for watch servicing and repairs. In addition to evaluating various data, I also represented the IWC at appointments with tool manufacturers and other suppliers. I was able to take over organizing this in just my second week. I was really surprised by how quickly I was given responsibility and trusted as an intern which I really liked. I was also able to put forward my own suggestions for optimization, which were always welcomed, and implement these right away. After just a month I attended my first feedback meeting with my boss. I was also invited to a welcome coffee with Human Resources where I was able to report on my experience in the first few weeks in a comfortable environment and contribute my personal opinion.
Looking back on the four months at IWC, all I can say is that it was the best decision I could ever have made. The range of tasks were exciting and I had a lot of fun. The colleagues are friendly and approachable and the corporate policy and employee relations are first rate. I was therefore particularly delighted that I was considered for a job opening as Customer Service Industrialization Manager and was then given a permanent position.
I highly recommend anyone who is looking for an exciting internship to apply to IWC and seize the opportunity to gain some insight into this outstanding company.