Bosch has announced that it will be recruiting 12,000 trained graduates worldwide this year, with over 1,000 in Southeast Asia.
According to the technology and services provider, it will be looking for prospects with mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and IT background. The company will also open one third of the available positions to associates with no previous professional experience.
"As connectivity expands in every business sector, the amount of software and its complexity — in terms of product development and manufacturing, as well as for products and systems themselves — is growing," said Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH. "We are thus increasing the number of associates hired for software design and development."
Wide range of career opportunities for associates
Since some associates may prefer working in start-ups, Bosch offers opportunities to work at its proprietary start-ups. These start-ups are a means of quickly translating research findings into new businesses, said the company.
Bosch also attaches great importance to ensuring room for creativity. As a result, many associates are given the option to spend some of their working time on other software projects within the Bosch Group as part of an open-source approach. Associates are able to suggest their own ideas, such as for new products on the internet of things, on Bosch's internal social business platform known as Bosch Connect.
One project that grew out of this saw Bosch sensors being installed on the road's surface and in passing cars in Stuttgart, Germany, to automatically identify and report available spaces. Coupling the sensors with a real-time online parking map, drivers are able to easily and quickly find an available parking space.
Equal opportunities for women
In an effort to increase the number of women in leadership positions to 20 percent worldwide by 2020, Bosch invests about US$206 million annually in training and development of female associates. This includes special mentoring programmes, networking sessions, seminars and training courses.
"We want more female executives because mixed leadership teams are more successful," said Kübel. Bosch is thus pursuing a policy of diversity management worldwide, encouraging respect for heterogeneity and non-standard career paths.
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