Reports of the experiences of our trainees

There are many different professional training courses and so you can quickly lose track of them. How can you know which career would suit you and what the working atmosphere is like in a company? How is professional training organised? Here a number of trainees and also ex-trainees have written down their experiences for us. In this way you can quickly get a picture of the profession and also of IMA as a company.

Bachelor of Arts Business Studies

Hey! At the moment I am one of the sandwich course students at IMA in Lübbecke. I am studying for a Bachelor of Arts at the FH Bielefeld together with IMA with a specialisation in business administration.

Even at the time of my Abitur [high school leaving certificate] it was clear that a sandwich course in the direction was the right choice for me. Not only because I already knew that I wanted to learn a commercial profession but also because I was convinced of the many advantages of a sandwich course:

  • During the course of study you gain not only theoretical knowledge but also practical experience
  • You get paid a reasonable amount during the training
  • The course is smaller than the one for a full-time business administration course (approx. 30 students)
  • You have good chances of being employed afterwards

You have then completed a course of study after just 3.5 years and have accumulated business experience as well. The course of study is divided such that I always spend three months at the university and then three months in the company. The written examinations are always held immediately after the theoretical phase so that I can concentrate fully on the company during the practical phase. At IMA I go through all the main departments so as to be able to understand the interrelations between the individual sectors and the company as a whole.

Even though it is sometimes rather stressful, I do not regret my decision to choose a sandwich course. You are always welcomed in every department and the way that the trainees interact with one another is something special. We always do a great deal together, such as for example the trainee pizza eating, bowling evenings, visits to the Christmas markets and much more.

Qualified IT specialist

Hi, I am Florian (19) and I would like to tell you something about how I got started with the training, IMA as an employer, and about the training itself.

When I was deeply embroiled in the Fachabitur in Business and Administration (certification class computer science) and I was in the hot phase of applying for a training position, it was not entirely clear to me which area I should choose. However, as a result of numerous internships in technical and commercial sectors, I already a relatively good impression of what to expect even before the training. Also the internships that I was not given helped me to be able to say: "I'll go a different way." I ultimately decide to apply as an industrial management assistant and as an IT specialist.

At the annual IMAgination Day I was able to get some insights into the company (tour of the company) and had some open discussions with the trainers and current trainees. Fortunately, I was subsequently invited to a practical day and thus got my first impressions of my colleagues and the working environment in the IT section. Finally I applied for training to become an IT specialist for system integration and was taken on.

In the introductory weeks we were given training and presentations to enable us to find our way around the company. This made my start there much easier. Because it also brought us closer together, since team building was also on the program. As a result, you could very quickly feel a closeness between the trainees. In the course of time I have more and more got the feeling that I am part of the "IMA family." I was treated in a friendly way in the IT department and quickly settled in.

The IT sector is extremely varied and it is very difficult to show a trainee all the facets of such a complex profession and to prepare him for all possible situations. IMA itself is based on a large IT complex that covers a large portion in all areas of the training and thus give me many opportunities to gain new technical knowledge or to expand existing knowledge. Overall, it works on the pull principle. This does not mean that I am solely responsible for my training, because the trainers and my colleagues pay great attention to development and the completed learning process or one that is to be completed. The pull principle relates more to me, so that at all times I can move forward a little to expand my knowledge by myself through questions, tracking work flows, about technical matters and through insights into the work areas of my colleagues. In this way I, as the trainee, determine the tempo and the rhythm of my training by myself and can speed it up or slow it down as required. My trainer and I meet regularly to exchange notes and to maintain an overview.

There are always many topics and areas in which you feel especially strong and show a great deal of interest and there are topics and areas in which you are somewhat weak and perhaps also lose interest - this is absolutely normal. When my colleagues notice that I am having problems with a topic or a technology, they take some time for me and try to explain it in their own words. You learn a huge amount in this way.

Good performance is rewarded with the corresponding praise and recognition. That gives me a good feeling and tells me that I am on the right path. Tasks that I am allowed to handle at my own responsibility are thus easier for me. As a result, I get the feeling that people have confidence in me and my work. Open discussions and the exchanges with my colleagues are a great help and, in my opinion, the stepping stones for successful training at IMA.

The work is not only fun but I also feel that I am in safe hands - despite all this independence - and that I will always get help in an emergency. The friendly way that people deal with one another, the closeness between the trainees, the opportunity to specialise in may areas of IT, of course, also after the training, and the fact that the IT infrastructure is always being expanded and is playing an ever greater role in the world of today speak in favour of training as an IT specialist for system integration at IMA.

Industrial engineer

Hi, I am taking the Bachelor of Engineering FR Industrial Engineering sandwich course at IMA in Lübbecke. The study is split into theoretical and practical phases of three months each and lasts for a total of 3.5 years.

During the theoretical phases I attend lectures and practical sessions at the FH Bielefeld, Minden campus. Since there are only around 20-25 students on this course, we all know each other well and can ask questions to or get clarification of things we are uncertain about directly from the lecturers and professors. At the end of each theory phase there are then examinations or tests in various forms (orals, project work, etc.) with which the modules for the Technical and Business Studies areas are concluded.

These are then followed by the practical phase at the company. During my entire course of study I go through the various departments in which I can handle company-relevant tasks by myself. These frequently relate to the contents of the lectures so that a direct connection between theory and actual practice is made and the knowledge can be put to practical use.

This also a reason why I decided for a sandwich course. In addition, I get paid while being trained so you can earn money while still studying. On the other hand, there are also stressful phases again and again, but these can be handled with staying power, a readiness to get things done and pure hard work. In addition, you can also get help at any time from colleagues who are ready to help or trainees who are further ahead.

The trainees at IMA all know each other very well and there is a great deal of closeness. That is precisely why activities such as bowling evenings, going out to eat pizza together or trips to a Christmas market are always great fun.

In the last resort, I can say on the basis of my time so far at IMA that the training was very enjoyable because it was always very varied and interesting. In any case it was the right decision to take a sandwich course.

Technical product designer


We are in the course of taking the training for a technical product designer at IMA.

Our training will last for a period of 3.5 years, but it can be shortened to three years if the grades are good enough. The vocational school is the Leo-Sympher Berufskolleg in Minden, which we visit twice a year for six weeks. The curriculum there includes subjects such as mathematics, technical drawing by hand and on the computer, material science, and a little German and English. But everything can be done if you apply yourself.

The training begins with instruction in the basic techniques of metal processing in our training workshop. After that you go to the Technical Office, where you get to use a drawing board for the first time so as to learn the basics of technical drawing. After a certain amount of time you are instructed in drawing on the computer. 3D models and 2D drawings are produced here. In all these tasks you are always expected to work independently.

Seen as a whole, we have to do all kinds of things in the office. On the one hand, there is the discussion and selection of materials, producing drawings and diagrams, of course, drawing up parts lists and finding solutions to problems. You are involved from the beginning of development up to production of the machine. Thus we are asked to do some very varied things in the training so that it is never boring.

We do not just sit at a desk. A great deal needs to be discussed with the workers in the assembly hall. In addition, as a result of circulation through the plant after the intermediate examination we get an insight that gives us a knowledge of what the production and assembly of components is all about.

We chose the training as a technical product designer because it opens a great many doors afterwards. Further training as a technician is possible and also the learning of this profession provides the basics for a mechanical engineering course.

Mechatronics engineer

Currently I am following a course of training as a mechatronics engineer at IMA Klessmann GmbH. As a rule the training lasts 3.5 years, but if you get good average grades it can be shortened to three years.

I chose this particular professional training because it encompasses a very wide range of tasks and later there are also many opportunities for further training.

When the training began, we were first of all instructed in the basics of metal technology. Here we had to produce and assemble a work piece out of separate parts. This meant that we had to show our skills in drilling, milling, filing, etc. Once the work piece was completed we were sent around the various departments in IMA, in which it was our task to assemble units or machine carriers and to wire up systems. The programming and putting into operation of the various woodworking machines was the most interesting part for me. Here you have to find the faults and their causes and to correct them all by yourself.

I would definitely choose this course of professional training again, because I have always been very interested in mechanical engineering. Moreover, the requirements change all the time, so my work never gets boring.

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