Wolter is a candidate who has almost finished his degree in Food Technology and together we discuss his career opportunities. I ask him extensively how he has completed his studies, whether he has taken on part-time jobs and what the bottlenecks were in his studies. During the conversation, we speak about the course of his study programme, extracurricular activities, and difficulties he experienced during his college time. After speaking with him, I have a good idea of who he is and what he aspires to. Wolter has a hands-on mentality, however, he is also very thoughtful and is curious about the details
When speaking about his internship, he enthusiastically explains the project he has conducted at a large brewery. He shows responsibility, but he also seems to be interested in more and in the background of the work he carried out.
I ask him if he would like to work there full-time. He immediately replies: “No, I would not want to work there”. Together, we try to find out why. On the one hand, he is very excited about his project at the company, but on the other hand, he does not want to work there. As it turns out, the internal atmosphere within the company did not appeal to him. According to Wolter, “Everyone works in a very individual and indepent manner”, which does not fit with Wolter’s social profile. He likes to brainstorm, to discuss the work (to a certain limit), and to be involved in a team. Despite the fact that the work itself is very nice, working on an ‘island’ doesn’t suit him.
This again underlines that a job is so much more than simply completing tasks.