In AIESEC we know lots of people who discovered a new way to see the world, and inside this new way, found that their skills and competences could be developed beyond the imaginable. This is one of them, Stefanie Gösele, alumnus from AIESEC Germany:
“AIESEC is, in my opinion, the first choice for young people who want to develop their personalities and broaden their horizons. Among the most important skills and qualities that a student can acquire in AIESEC are leadership skills and entrepreneurship.
When I was younger, I was completely lacking an entrepreneurial mindset and considered myself incapable of ever managing business of my own. Then I joined AIESEC.
From my first days in AIESEC, I started taking responsibility, first as a project manager, then as Vice President Finance, then on national level. I lead teams of up to six people, was involved in the management of my local committee, audited the accounting of eight local committees, coached and guided many people and delivered many training sessions on different topics. In a nutshell, I learned to take – and to love – responsibility.
This experience was intensified during my AIESEC internships in Tunisia and India. I have seen everything from a still slightly unorganized start-up to a struggling IT company to a well developed local company. I have worked in marketing, financial controlling, human resources, customer support, project management and in sales. This wide range of working areas has helped me a lot to deepen my business knowledge and leadership skills and to get a better understanding of the international working world.
I am currently working as key account manager in an Indian IT company where I am responsible for all customer communications as well as customer support and am also involved in project and task management. Never in my life have I had so much responsibility, and this constantly challenges me to grow and to become stronger every day. And yet, I am only an intern – but an AIESEC intern. I don’t think that a normal intern would be given so much trust and confidence by a company and would have such an amazing learning experience.
I am really grateful for the many amazing opportunities that AIESEC has given me in the last four and a half years. Without AIESEC I would be a completely different person today – and a considerably less strong, confident and experienced one.” -Stefanie Gösele
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