Erding: Two high school students get a taste of working life in the Gewandhaus
Created: 11/24/2022, 3:00 p.m
By: Lea Warmedinger
Happy about the first day of the project (from left): Stefanie O'Murnain (Head of Decoration and Visual Merchandising), Maximilian Niedermair (Head of Sports Department), intern Leon Pawelczyk and Managing Director Leopold Gruber.
© Lea Warmedinger
Jessica Waltsgott and Leon Pawelcyk took part in the "One Day Trainee" project.
They completed a one-day internship at Gewandhaus Gruber as a designer for visual marketing and retail salesman.
– Decorating a shop window for Christmas and advising customers: Jessica Waltsgott and Leon Pawelczyk were allowed to do that in the Gewandhaus Gruber.
The two students took part in the "One Day Trainee" project initiated by the IHK for Munich and Upper Bavaria and the Junior Chamber of Commerce.
The goal: young people should get to know everyday training and gain insights into processes at local companies.
The Gewandhaus Gruber in Erding took part for the first time.
"The interns can get a taste of wonderful tasks," announced Managing Director Leopold Gruber.
Jessica Waltsgott's interest lies in the artistic field.
She completed an internship as a designer for visual marketing.
A careers advisor suggested the project to the 15-year-old high school student from Ismaning.
"A good friend and I thought it was a cool idea," said the student.
"In the online form you enter your favorite subjects, your preferred place, hobbies and more," she explained the procedure.
With the help of the project she wants to find her professional direction.
She has already completed internships in the professions of carpenter and designer for visual marketing.
Leon Pawelczyk from Forstinning attends the Anni Pickert Middle School in Poing.
The 16-year-old received the project offer by email from the school.
"It sounded interesting, and then I answered the questions about it online." He doesn't have any professional preferences yet, but would like to gain new impressions.
"I'm very interested in sports," said Pawelczyk.
He used to play football, now he often goes to the gym.
In accordance with his interests, he was assigned an internship as a retail salesman with Maximilian Niedermair, the head of the sports department at the Gewandhaus.
“He showed me the sports department and explained how I contact customers.
I also found out what special features the products have so that I can advise customers on them," Pawelczyk reported about his day: "I really enjoyed it.
You can see how personal interests can be combined with a job.” Another internship at the Gewandhaus is already planned.
Waltsgott was allowed to clear a shop window with a colleague and then decorate it with branches and fairy lights.
"I really enjoyed the day," she said.
“I would recommend the project because you can easily find out what suits you.” The 15-year-old can well imagine training as a designer for visual marketing here.
Niedermair also enjoyed the day, even if it has limitations: "A one-day internship is something different than a whole week.
It is best to show and explain everything to the intern right away: the care of the goods, customer contact, but also our special features, such as the running shoe analysis.”
The interns were in the Gewandhaus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"We know from the apprentices that the transition from sitting down as a student to a long working day standing up is always difficult in the first few weeks," Gruber explained this time window.
A good decision, the two middle school students didn't hurt their legs in the end.