Interviews with experienced professionals

Family is not just a slogan

quotas I have experienced myself what it actually means to be part of the Dethleffs family. After all, family is more than just part of a slogan here; the commitment to family values is actively demonstrated in many different ways.
Melanie Schlachter
Head of the business management assistant vocational training and further qualification department at Dethleffs

DREAM JOB AFTER EXTENDED FAMILY LEAVE

What has been unusual about your career so far?

I have to admit it was something quite special to be responsible for the entire business management and administration vocational training team at Dethleffs at the age of only nineteen, considering I had only recently completed my business management assistant course myself and after that a few further qualification courses. Some of the vocational trainees and students were actually older than me. Of course, this is now different – however, I've never lost my empathy with young people and I enjoy working with them.

How does the Erwin Hymer Group differ from other companies, in your opinion?

One of the reasons why I am able to work here in this way today is the fact that Dethleffs is a very family-friendly company. In 2006, the management offered me the chance to get back to work, with three small children and after a respectively long period of family leave, in a job that would allow me to input my expertise in the area of vocational and further qualification, and the whole thing with family-friendly working hours. Back then, I realised once more what it actually means to be part of the Dethleffs family. Family is more than just part of a slogan here; the commitment to family values is actively demonstrated.

What are the highlights of your current everyday working life?

I have lots of lovely experiences at work every day. For example, whenever someone does well in their final exams or has a huge smile on their face when they submit their bachelor's dissertation. It is a good feeling to know that you have supported a young person on their way towards the first stage of their working life and have made them fit for the challenges of the working world. One dream I do have: to organise a meet-up of all former Dethleffs vocational trainees and students in one place.