Office job … sounds like desk, computer, lots of sitting around and not much excitement. At least, that was what I thought – until I joined Bayer.
My name is Katharina Mensch, and I joined Bayer CropScience in September 2014 as a Regional Service assistant in Würzburg. Before that, I studied agricultural science at Hohenheim University. I found the hum-drum of student life a bit boring, so I was keen to jump right into a practical job. On the lookout for an interesting internship, I came across the Erbacher Hof test site near Büdingen. I was able to gain considerable practical experience of testing there, particularly in relation to determining weeds and unwanted grasses. Right from the start I was given a high level of responsibility, as I was in charge of conducting my own experiment. On top of that, I was involved in all of the activities required, from sowing to harvesting. I got to know a lot of friendly and helpful staff during my internship, and was delighted to get a permanent position with Bayer.
About my intership at Bayer CropScience.
Thanks to the support of my co-workers and the varied tasks, the change involved in “making the move indoors” was not too difficult. As well as generating statistics for sales and unit sales, my job also involves organizing customer events. My personal highlight has been organizing the “field days”. This is also the busiest time of year for us. Our test sites play host to numerous field days with farmers from March to July. There are quite a few things to organize in advance of these – starting with the design of the test field guides, all the way to planning the whole events. During this time, I am back outdoors again, because I am on the road a lot. I enjoy this, though, because it means I don’t lose touch with the practical side of things. The contact with farmers has taught me a lot about their work and the specific problems they face on a daily basis. This provided me with my first impressions of operational business activities. Through these information events, I have gathered valuable knowledge that helps me in my everyday work. Fall – that is to say, now – is the time for processing the test results that our field sales staff need for the winter events. This is where farmers learn about our new products and receive all the information for the next season as well as a review over the past year.
In addition to all this, my co-worker and I are responsible for dealing with all the field sales “niggles”. In conclusion, I can say that I enjoy working for this innovative, forward-looking company, and I hope to continue doing so for many years to come.
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