Raiyan Mostofa has recently completed an internship at Haas Schleifmaschinen GmbH in Trossingen. We hope Raiyan learned a lot with us and had a good time in Germany. We wanted to know from Raiyan how it was to work with Haas in Germany. So we asked Raiyan a few questions:
Schleifblog: Raiyan, What exactly did you do at Haas?
Raiyan Mostofa: I worked at Haas as a student intern from May to August 2016. I worked in each department of the company and learned all about the production of the Multigrind® CNC Grinding Machines in a very hands-on environment.
What was the job of your dreams as a child?
When I was a child, I dreamt of being an astronaut. That is no longer my dream, but I am certainly still in the right field to pursue it!
And what exactly are you studying now?
I am a third year student at the University of New Brunswick studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in math and a diploma in Technology, Management and Entrepreneurship.
What brought you to Haas?
My university has a great co-op program with Germany and I applied for Haas last year and made it! I did not expect to be living in such a small town, but working at Haas has been one of the best experiences of my life so far.
What were the greatest challenges in your work at Haas?
My biggest challenge was definitely the language barrier. Everyone I worked with was incredibly friendly, but I certainly wish I knew more German when I was there! I’ll have to start taking German language classes.
What do you think Haas customers’ love about our Multigrind® grinding machines?
I think the grinding machines themselves are top quality, but more importantly than that, Haas is such a great company to work with. They have such great values and roots and I believe that that’s what customers are most drawn to.
And what did you like most here at Haas?
I loved the people at Haas the most. It is such a great working environment and there is such a great team of people working for Haas, it’s contagious. Everyone was so friendly and I learned so much while I was there.
If a genie granted you one wish what would you like to invent?
I would invent a machine that creates more genies to grant me more wishes!
What did you do in your free time during your internship in Trossingen?
Trossingen is quite a small town and it was my first time living alone so I did a lot of things to occupy my time while I was there. I read plenty of books, I learned how to cook, I went on many bike rides, and I travelled a lot on my weekends.
What’s your personal motto for work and studying?
Never stop learning. No matter how much I do in life, there is always so much I don’t know, and I want to always continue learning no matter where I am, how hard it is, or what it takes.
And how did you get along with the Swabians, who are not known to be very talkative?
I thought the people I met in Germany have been some of the nicest people I’ve had the privledge of getting to know. I am not sure why Swabians are known to not be very talkative as I had many great conversations with wonderful people.
What do you find appealing about working in Germany?
In Canada, we always hear about how Germans are some of the most efficient people in the world. When they work, they work hard, and when they relax, they really relax. I found this to be incredibly true during my work time. Germans are some of the most efficient, hard-working people I have had the priviledge of meeting and I really hope that working in Germany will have helped me develop that as well.
Were there things that you liked particularly here in the South?
I loved the landscape, and the rich history everywhere. It was incredible to me that you could just stumble upon an old abandoned castle, or churches and buildings that are hundreds of years old. There are so many small towns everywhere, which is very different from Canada, and I loved it. It was very peaceful and beautiful in Southern Germany and I really hope I can go back someday.
And what did you miss most during your stay in Trossingen?
I missed a lot of little things from Canada when I was in Germany. I missed some of the food that we can not find in Germany and I missed my family, of course. However, at the end of the day, the experience I had for 4 months was worth everything I missed.
Thank you for sharing your experiences with us, Raiyan!