During my studies, I attended a lecture by an archivist on the subject of career perspectives for historians. When the lecturer recommended an internship at Heidelberg Materials, I decided to try my luck and send an unsolicited application to the head of the corporate archives. After a short correspondence and a pleasant interview, I was able to start my voluntary internship in the fall of 2021. My expectation here was to find orientation for my professional future: Could I imagine working as an archivist?
I had already completed internships in public archives and institutes of history before, but now it was important to me to make a kind of lateral move in order to get to know a private archive.
Once I arrived at the company, I was warmly welcomed by my colleagues and excellently integrated into our working group. I find it particularly positive that I have been able to take on challenging tasks on an equal footing and actively participate in shaping them since the beginning of my employment. My work in the corporate archive has turned out to be extremely varied and exciting; there is no question of a "dusty archive" here. On the contrary - the digital transformation has long been tackled here.
Participation in the digital anniversary exhibition
The coming year has its work cut out for it: in 2023, Heidelberg Materials will be 150 years old. To mark this historic and festive occasion, I am working within our team to develop content for a comprehensive digital anniversary exhibition.
Employees and outside visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the impressive history of Heidelberg Materials: From the pioneering days to the present day of the global player, there is much to discover. The story began in 1873, when beer brewer Johann Philipp Schifferdecker bought a Heidelberg mill building and its grounds at auction for his planned cement plant.