Leonie Thiekötter, from Trainee to Marketing Manager
Where does your interest in Erwin Hymer Group stem from?
The world of mobile travel had always fascinated me; since I was a child, in fact. That fascination was triggered by many family holidays in Italy with our campervan. One thing soon became very clear: I had been bitten by the travel bug. During my studies in tourism management, I completed an internship abroad at one of the largest campsites in Europe. After finishing my studies, I joined Erwin Hymer Group as a trainee, focusing on "Sales & Marketing".
How did you feel about starting your own career? What were the biggest challenges you faced at the start?
As a trainee at Erwin Hymer Group, I gained an insight into different departments and different locations right from the start. This allowed me quickly to make contacts, get to know departments and take on some initial projects. The various seminar and networking events turned out to be the ideal accompaniment to starting a career. whenever I had questions or faced specific technical challenges, I could always turn to an experienced mentor.
What excites you about your job today?
the diverse mix that creates my job’s day-to-day charm. Designing vacation and leisure experiences has always fascinated me. Business questions or entrepreneurial processes are always there to provide our customers with unforgettable vacation moments.
Looking back: What were the most fascinating experiences of your previous work?
One of my personal highlights in recent years has been my involvement in the launch of a new corporate brand - from the first strategy paper right through to presentation of the finished vehicles. I was also fascinated by our worldwide trade fairs and the contact we get with our end customers. In the first two years, in particular, I was able to make a big contribution, based on my tourism and event management studies; that contribution went from the planning of an exhibition stand through to the organization of large customer and dealer events.