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Career analysis using the example of the entry programs for the specialist and executive career paths at Bosch Rexroth AG

  • This thesis deals with the first evaluation of an entry program for the specialist career path,using the example of the ‘Graduate Specialist Program’ of the cooperation partner and topic initiator Bosch Rexroth AG. The overall research question examines whether the ‘Graduate Specialist Program’ comes out to be a success story to compete in the ‘War for talent’ and to what extent it contributes to fill high level expert positions. Background information about Graduate Programs and the Expert Career is therefore provided as a first step. In order to get an overview and detect any conspicuity, a quantitative data analysis is used which expresses the program’s development in figures. The focus hereby lies with the former candidates’ wage development as success indicator and the parallel existing program for the management career, namely the ‘Junior Managers Program’, is used for a comparison. Qualitative interviews with former ‘Graduate Specialist Program’ participants and current mentors are conducted, inquiring the atisfaction with the program execution and its relationship with the subsequent career. Moreover, their opinion on the feasibility of an expert career in general and related to their department is inquired. The results state a clear satisfaction with the program, yet requires minor changes in the program elements. Generally, the concept of a graduate program tailored for future specialist is supported, even though the majority of the program respondents strive for a career in management in the long-run. It is named in this context that limits in career prospects can lead participants to switch to the management career. It can be concluded that the ‘Graduate Specialist Program’ is a success story as graduates are attracted for specialist tasks in the short to medium term. To conclude, the program’s major impact as a general recruitment instrument to compete on the labor market for junior staff in general outweighs the intention of training young talents for a career as high level experts in the long run. Thus, its characteristics relate more to the category of Generalist Graduate Programs.

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Author:Carina Schmider
Advisor:Armin Trost
Document Type:Bachelor Thesis
Year of Completion:2015
Year of first Publication:2015
Release Date:2015/11/26
Tag:Fachkarriere; Talentmanagement; Traineeprogramm
Degree Program:IBM - International Business Management
Functional area:Human Resource Management