She knows what she’s talking about. After all, by the time Christine Maier started her training at WACKER, she was 28 years old and already had quite a bit of job experience under her belt. She entered an apprenticeship in the food retail industry in her hometown Simbach am Inn (near Burghausen) at only 15, at the bidding of her parents. “No dream job, but I saw it through,” she says. One year after finishing her apprenticeship, Christine Maier was already managing a branch store. She enjoyed the job, but it didn’t fulfill her. After her marriage she changed course, working first in a hotel and then in a supermarket. There, too, she fought her way quickly upwards. At 23, she made deputy store manager; at 25 she was already managing a supermarket with 30 employees.
But then she took a step which many dream about but few dare to put into action: she quit her job and started all over again. She applied to WACKER for an apprenticeship as a clerk for office communications. At the Job Center they said: but you’ve got such a great job! And her then boss was baffled as to why she would want to take such a backwards step, from boss to trainee. For Christine Maier, however, it was a step forward.
Holger Schmidt from WACKER HR, who recruited her at the time, recalls that her courage impressed him above all else, “to give up a secure position as a store manager and venture into something completely new as a trainee at WACKER.” He adds: “I’m sure her innate power and dedication shone through in every other position she previously held.”