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Three trainees, third training year, three experiences abroad

I’m very grateful that I had the opportunity to work for Roche abroad, as it was a unique experience for me.

Paulina, training as a chemistry lab assistant

In the late summer of this year, I had the opportunity as part of my training to go abroad - to Indianapolis in the USA. I was able to work at Roche Diabetes Care as part of a team in which we mainly dealt with developing test strips for blood glucose meters. Basically, we subjected the test strips to various conditions, such as different temperatures and periods, for example. We then examined them for their measuring accuracy. The team I worked with consisted of seven staff members plus a department head and they responded very helpfully to any questions and problems. During my stay abroad, I was also thrilled to be able to take various trips on weekends. Among the places I visited were Chicago, which is around three hours from Indianapolis and to Niagara Falls. The time I spent was full of variety, it was a lot of fun to work with a new team and they provided great support. I recommend to anyone who has the opportunity to go abroad to do so, as it is a very formative and fantastic experience.

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Frederick, training as an electronics technician for automation technology

In September I had the opportunity to work for the engineering support unit in Burgess Hill in England. Their job is to provide technical support for Roche lab equipment in hospitals and laboratories. I was able to get to know the versatility of what my co-workers in the sales force were doing and assist them in various tasks. For example, I was able to help upgrade the blood sample transport drive system on a lab device in a hospital in order to ensure the system’s reliability. In addition, I was able to provide support for repairs of blood gas analysis devices. As my main job is normally working on production systems, it was very interesting for me to work on lab devices. Also working with the client was something new and very instructive for me. In addition to working across departmental lines, my stay abroad was also very valuable to me in terms of improving my English skills. I am very grateful that I have had the opportunity to work for Roche abroad, as it was a unique experience for me. My colleagues gave me a very warm welcome and organized my time there in so many different ways. I was able to learn a lot, both technically as well as about Roche products, which I do not have much to do with otherwise.

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Timea, training as an office management assistant

I did my assignment abroad at Roche Molecular Systems in Branchburg, New Jersey. I was absolutely thrilled to have this experience abroad and besides this, I wanted to expand my independence, my language skills and my work experience. I worked in the project management department for six weeks and was able to work independently on a project during this time. My project involved determining capacity for various machines. Therefore, I first had to familiarize myself with the procedures and work together with the production and project management teams. The second part of the project consisted of developing solutions to restore sufficient capacity. For this purpose, I organized a lean event with the teams to find solutions together. Finally, I then created a project plan, as it was not possible to implement all the ideas within the six weeks. Furthermore, I also got to know the location of course, which is known especially for the polymerase chain reaction. During my time here, I stayed at the Homewood Suites by Hilton. Roche also provided me with a rental car. This meant that in my free time I could also explore the surrounding area, such as New York. Personally, I really enjoyed my assignment abroad, as I was able to establish many new contacts, gather impressions and learn many new things.

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