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Diana Gregorová

intern at the Internal
repairs department

I found out that not everything one learns at school works the same in real life. I learnt to look at things from a more practical point of view and work in a team. I can’t complain about my colleagues. They helped me a lot right from the start and they’re fun to be around

Diana Gregorová

Diana, you study mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Liberec, which is not a very girly field of study. What made you choose a technical programme?
Not only am I interested in technology, but studying a technical programme was attractive for me because it’s a creative process and offers the opportunity for a speedy career growth. Moreover, study at the faculty of mechanical engineering is among the more demanding ones, and so there are not many mechanical engineers, which automatically increases the job market demand.

What surprised you the most after starting your internship here?
The biggest surprise was seeing the line in full operation. It’s something completely different from what people imagine. Thanks to my position as an intern I get to see other workplaces as well, which gives me the opportunity to see how the whole company is run.

Where did you get the idea to apply for internship at ŠKODA? How long have you been working here? What are your duties?
The company has a good reputation both in the Czech Republic and abroad. I’ve been doing internship at the Internal repairs department for one year already. My duties include doing designs, more specifically preparing technical documentation in the Creo Parametric software.

What did you improve at during your ŠKODA internship? What are your colleagues like?
I found out that not everything one learns at school works the same in real life. I learnt to look at things from a more practical point of view and work in a team. I can’t complain about my colleagues. They helped me a lot right from the start and they’re fun to be around.

Do you know what you would like to do after you finish your studies?
I’m interested in working on new cars and components. My dream is the technical development.

What was your dream job when you were little?
A vet. As a little girl I used to have a lot of pets.

Which animal comes to your mind when someone says ŠKODA?
The German shepherd. There are several reasons for this. Just like ŠKODA strives to be ‘Simply Clever’, the German shepherd is also a smart animal. In the Czech Republic it’s a very popular breed, it’s a reliable, beautiful dog that takes care of our safety.

How did you get the idea to apply for the ŠKODA AUTO Doctoral programme? How long have you been here?
Before the end of my M.A. study I was offered the opportunity to enrol in the PhD. programme at the Department of mechanical engineering technology at the CTU in Prague. At first I wasn‘t really thinking about continuing my studies, but the offer included cooperation with ŠKODA AUTO as part of the newly opened Doctoral programme. Since cooperation with a company of this significance means a lot in the mechanical engineering field and working for ŠKODA AUTO was one of my personal goals, the decision was a fast and easy one. After three years in the Doctoral programme I definitely do not regret the decision.

In what ways have the Doctoral programme helped you in your personal development?
The PhD. study in combination with ŠKODA AUTO’s Doctoral programme have been instrumental in my development. I think that if I had started a regular job right after my M.A. graduation, my personal development would have been much slower. The programme has allowed me to experience various situations, like participating on various events as an active presenter or lecturer, quite rarely in Czech actually. These included the annual meeting of doctor’s degree students from around the Group at the PRO.MOTION event in Wolfsburg or presentation of a project and topic of dissertation thesis at Volkswagen in Hannover and Osnabrück. While at university I was always nervous when giving a presentation, today I can get up in front of a group of people and give a presentation without any trouble even in a foreign language. In terms of time, the programme was very flexible and I could modify attendance according to my needs. I would usually spend three days a week at the uni in Prague and two days in Mladá Boleslav. Moreover, I got lucky, because my work at the department and the topic of my dissertation thesis were closely related.

What was your dream job when you were little?
As a boy, a hockey-player who started out at the age of six, my dream job was quite straightforward. I wanted to make my living playing ice-hockey for Montreal Canadiens next to the famous forward Saku Koivu.

Which animal comes to your mind when I say ŠKODA AUTO?
A hare! Who has not been to the Mladá Boleslav plant will not believe that there are hundreds of small or big hares running around. The plant is their home and not even the loud logistic operations disturb them. It is always kind of uplifting to be walking home from work and see a hare hopping across the road.

Tomáš Pačák

first PhD. student
at ŠKODA

While at university I was always nervous when giving a presentation, today I can get up in front of a group of people and give a presentation without any trouble even in a foreign language. In terms of time, the programme was very flexible and I could modify attendance according to my needs

Tomáš Pačák

Dagmar Hamerská

production operator
in the ŠKODA plant in Kvasiny

I think I’ve never said “Oh no, not again!” to myself (laughs). At the beginning, getting used to changing shifts was hard for me. But it hasn’t happened to me yet that I wouldn’t want to come here for the job as such

Dagmar Hamerská

Dagmar, how long have you been working at ŠKODA AUTO?
I’ve been here for two years. I got hired right after school.

Have been working on the same position from the very beginning?
I first started on the polishing station. That’s where the cars go from here for the finish.

What should I imagine when you say ‘finish’?
We’re sticking decorations onto the cars. That includes front and rear stickers, bodyside moldings, signs and door sills. We don’t have to use adhesive, because it’s been already applied onto the parts. We simply peel off the protective paper or foil and fix it in the right spot.

Why did you decide to work for ŠKODA AUTO?
To be honest, for the salary. I live close to Kvasiny and there’s no other company around who would offer this much money plus all the other benefits.

You have the opportunity to enjoy plenty of employee benefits. Which of them do you like best?
Subsidized meals, of course, that’s a great advantage. As for the other benefits I haven’t used them yet. I’ve been a core employee since August, I used to work here as agency staff before that, so benefits are new to me and I’m only gradually finding out about them from the other girls and the information centre.

Do you enjoy working here? Or do you go “Oh no, not again!” when you leave for work?
I think I’ve never said “Oh no, not again!” to myself (laughs). At the beginning, getting used to changing shifts was hard for me. But it hasn’t happened to me yet that I wouldn’t want to come here for the job as such. Sticking decorations is a really easy task even for women and the ratio between the demands and pay is hard to find elsewhere.

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