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“I’ll rock it”

Sarah Lüttjohann from Volkswagen Saxony helped prepare the new Touareg for launch at the Bratislava plant – and would do it again in a heartbeat. 


Saying goodbye was hard for her. “I enjoyed being in Slovakia,” says Sarah Lüttjohann. “It was everything I expected it to be.” Until the end of last year, the employee from Volkswagen Saxony was helping her colleagues from Volkswagen Slovakia prepare for the launch of the new    Touareg. For 15 months, she worked in the pilot hall at the Bratislava plant, and, together with colleagues, was responsible for getting pre-series vehicles ready for serial production.

Through updates, Sarah Lüttjohann and her team ensured that control units could communicate with each other and vehicles left the production line fault-free. “A fascinating job,” says the qualified automotive mechatronics engineer. She returned to work as a technical administrator for electrics and electronics at the plant in Zwickau in   early January.

 

The 29-year-old started out as a trainee repairing buses for the city of Lübeck’s public transport system. She then went on to study automotive engineering for several semesters in Dresden before moving to the production line at the Transparent Factory, after which she took leave in order to qualify as an industrial foreman. After her return to Volkswagen, she was stationed at the pilot halls in Dresden, Wolfsburg, and Zwickau – until the company started seeking employees to support the launch in Bratislava, which is currently still the case. Mid-2016, Sarah Lüttjohann decided, “I’ll rock it!”

Global Assignments created the deployment contract, organized the move and a new apartment, as well as intercultural training and a language course – and the young woman was ready to start her adventure abroad.

»I wanted to take the opportunity
to work abroad.«

Sarah Lüttjohann

“I wanted to see the bigger picture and understand processes better,” says Lüttjohann, explaining her motivation for transferring to Bratislava. “And I wanted to take the opportunity to work abroad.” She concludes that “I would do it again in a heartbeat; I learned so much and now understand other departments and locations much better.”

And what is life like in Bratislava? “Wonderful!” The capital city of Slovakia, which has around 425,000 residents, was love at first sight. “Idyllic, traditional and cozy” is how Lüttjohann describes the popular tourist destination on the Danube. She says, “I will come again and visit my colleagues, who have become my friends.”

Becoming part of everyday life in Slovakia was just as enjoyable for her as hiking in the Tatra mountains. In doing this, she discovered, “People in eastern Slovakia are very conscious of the environment and they love nature.”

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