Carolina Andrade, Bruno Kasinof and Rafael Spanos (Brazil): three enthusiastic 27-year-old engineers who started out together as graduates at GEA five years ago. Today, they have all found their own niche within GEA, but the bond between them is still strong.

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Why is GEA the perfect match for them and why have all three stayed with the company? Carolina explains: “We’re all dedicated people and we all really believe in what we do, but each one of us is prepared to go the extra mile if it will help GEA and our fellow workers. Even if you don’t have much time, even if it’s not really part of your job, help each other and move forward together. I love that kind of spirit.” Bruno agrees: “Yes, that’s right. This was my first real contact with the business world as well and I was immediately struck by how welcoming and helpful everyone is.” Rafael, too, likes the friendly atmosphere: “GEA is a good place to work. Even if you’re fresh out of school, their experienced engineers are very open and willing to explain things to ‘the new guy’.”

We’re all dedicated people and we all really believe in what we do, but each one of us is prepared to go the extra mile if it will help GEA and our fellow workers - Carolina Andrade, Sales Support Engineer at GEA in Brazil

Broadening your horizons

You’re young and you want to experience life. “Absolutely,” laughs Rafael. “While I’m still young and don’t have any children, I love having the chance to travel for work. GEA operates worldwide and if you can broaden your horizons through your job, I’m all for it. And even if you don’t travel, you can always get in touch with GEA experts all over the world to answer your questions. That’s another way of working globally.” Bruno adds: “In 2016 I had the opportunity to go to Hispanic America. My first trip to Mexico was pretty exciting. A different culture, a new language… I had no idea what to expect. But my co-workers there made me feel right at home straight away. We were also able to communicate easily in English. It was a completely different story with the customers though (laughs). Spanish is the only language they speak and understand, so I decided to learn it. It’s great when people see that you’re making an effort to reach out to them. The respect you earn is really priceless. I recently went to Argentina and again found myself in a totally different culture, but my Spanish was much better by then and of course they really appreciated the fact I could speak to them in their own language.”

I love having the chance to travel for work. GEA operates worldwide and if you can broaden your horizons through your job, I’m all for it - Rafael Spanos, Process Engineer  at GEA in Brazil

Finding your own way

“I think it’s brilliant that all three of us have found our own niche within GEA. My degree is in environmental engineering and I feel comfortable in Dairy Processing and Filtration,” says Carolina. “Initially I was quite shy, but I’ve grown a lot at GEA. I’m surrounded by people who help me to develop.” Rafael: “I actually heard about GEA through an engineer who gave a guest lecture at my university. For me as a would-be food engineer, it was fascinating to see how a company can be so highly specialised in innovative technology for Food & Beverage. Right from the start, I felt that I would have plenty of opportunities for personal development at GEA. And I don’t have a single regret (laughs). The projects I’m assigned to are gradually getting bigger and I have more and more responsibility, which is just fantastic.” Bruno nods: “Same here. When it’s good, they say it’s good. When it’s not, they say why and that’s how you can really move forward.”