Asad, part of the DB Schenker Sounding Board
Harnessing fresh perspectives
Millennials make up a large part of the workforce at DB Schenker, but they’re not always represented in high level management.
For many members of the program, discovering their own potential along the way is a key outcome. Victoria, for example, says, “I’m still a trainee in a learning process, so I want to find out where my strengths lie.” The opportunity to connect on a global scale is also a major motivation. Asad sums it up by saying, “I’m always looking for places I can socialize and network. Being part of the Sounding Board means I can do that with colleagues around the world.” Yanjing echoes this sentiment too, adding that now she has people to visit in all the different countries when Covid eases up.
The Sounding Board at work
Asad describes how connecting with a group of people from a range of backgrounds has been both a seamless and valuable process. “It has given me an insight into how others tackle a problem, how they structure their approach and how they solve it” he says. Victoria finds the broader view the group offers insightful too. “Sometimes what works in one country just doesn’t work somewhere else, because the cultures are so different,” she notes. That is a point that Inka seconds. “It’s definitely made me more open-minded,” she says.
When asked what they hope to achieve, the group’s goals are ambitious. These individuals may all be junior in experience, but they see their membership of the Sounding Board as one with real responsibility and potential for impact.
At the end of the program I want to see what we’ve done tangibly implemented in the company – I want to see our contributions meaningfully impacting the projects we’re working on.