Statement from Marion Rothner, head of recruiting human resources, KTM AG
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The Lebensraum Innviertel initiatives are a very valuable support for our employees who have been recruited internationally. This provides them with another important contact outside work in addition to managers and colleagues. The organized trips allow them to become more familiar with the country, the culture and its people and, at the same time, to network with other international employees in the region to share experiences. The information events about social insurance and taxation have also been consistently well received. We particularly appreciate the personal and individual supervision of employees by Maria Dietz and would like to pass on our thanks for her excellent work.

Interview with Monica Perez Vazquez, Spain | Design Engineer, FACC Interiors

What was the main reason to come to the „Innviertel“ (name of the region)?
—The main reason why I am here is because of work. Why Austria and the Innviertel??. Well, there is not special reason.( In fact, before coming here the only things I knew about Austria were the classic music and the Alps)
I left Spain looking for an international career,  I moved to London and while I was there I got in touch with FACC.  I found interesting the position that they were offering me, so I just moved here.

Did you feel welcome?  Why/why not?
—I have to say that I felt welcome in the company, in the region and in country. Personally, I think that the country is welcome to foreigners, especially to people with high education who is coming for work.

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How was your integration process?
—–After two years I am still in the integration process. I am still discovering the local and national culture. I am getting use to the weather and the food (the beer I got used quickly ) and I am still learning the language.
I have realized that the integration process is a long process. In the integration foreigners and locals are involved and both have to be willing to open their minds to new ways of doing things and understand life and this is, sometimes, a hard task.
 What were you expecting?
—–I thought I would be easier to meet local people. I guess that the language (my German is very poor) together with the shy and a bit close Austrian personality can be one of the reasons.

Who helped you?
—–When I came here the company introduce me to Maria Dietz, she is running the Initiative Lebensraum Innviertel. Maria helped me since the beginning,.
I also received help from  some colleagues, foreigners that they were already living here and locals.

What was the support like?
—–Maria supported me with all the legal issues, like rent a house, the car registration or the taxes declaration. She also organized initiatives for showing us the Innviertel and introduce us to local people.

Did the region and services meet your expectations?
—–Yes, they meet my expectations.

Any advices for other international people?
—–I am not very good at giving advices but if someone asked me about my experience and feelings I would say that this is a nice country for living an international experience. If they are the kind of people who likes mountains and nature this a perfect place. If they are city guys I also would recommend them to choose a big city, so they can have more chance to meet people and discover the country lead by locals.
What makes the „Innviertel“ worth living?
—–Personally I like big cities, but if you really like calm and country then the Innviertel is a place for living.
What about beer in Upper Austria?
—–Once I read that Innviertel is the region in Austria with the highest density of breweries, I don’t know if it’s true, but what I know it that it has quite good beers. I have to confess that I am  fan of the Rieder Weisse.

Something we should know….?

….about job…
—–I really like the international character of the company. Working with people from different countries is a very enriching experience, not only professionally but personally.
….about friends…..
—–During all my life I had the chance to live in four different countries so my friends have different nationalities. I really like all of them because  they prove me that the borders are only in our minds.
…about yourself………..
—–I love travelling, I love discovering new places, different cultures and inspiring people. When you travel without prejuices, opening your mind and your heart you discover that there are many ways to live and understand life and that makes you grow.

Interview with Ardaye, Philippinen | Workshop Business Development – Customer Service KTM AG

Why did you come?
—— I came to Austria basically for work and trying to know if I can settle here for a lifetime.

What was the main reason to come to the „Innviertel“ (name of the region)?
—– Innviertel, particularly, Mattighofen is the Headquarter of KTM, the company I am working with.

Did you feel welcome? Why/why not?
—— Yes, I feel welcomed. The people in KTM are so warm and kind. They can not speak English that much but they tried to speak with me in English so I can understand them.


How was your integration process?
—— It was difficult in the first months because I have to learn a lot of things to which I was not prepared for. I did not know how to ride with the train, I did not know that there is a schedule of the bus, I did not know that supermarkets are open from this time until this time and a lot more. There was a time that I decided to go to Salzburg for a Salsa Party. When I was walking going to Train Station, I lost my way because it was dark and it was a cross section and I didn’t know exactly where the train station is. So I kept on walking to the right direction until such time I could not see houses anymore. I came back from the cross section and started walking in another direction. Finally, I have seen the train but I was few seconds late that I was not able to catch it. I was standing there, catching the snow and waving my hand to the running train. This is just one of the experiences that I have had. But because of unforgettable experiences, I learned things little by little. Colleagues are helping me which I am always happy about.

What were you expecting?
—— I thought I can live a life normal in the first day but not. Life here is difficult in the beginning because of the language. Language plays a vital role in a new place and this is the thing that I did not learn when I was still in Qatar. I went to other countries but integration was so easy because most of the people can speak English. I understand that in country sides like Mattighofen, they seldom speak English rather they speak in Austrian dialect.

Who helped you?
—— Colleagues from work

What was the support like?
—— Translation and some normal things that I am curious about. Advice: Ask and they will try to help.

Did the region and services meet your expectations?
—– Yes. I was looking for a place where I can work without stress, meet and talk to kind people, live with security and enjoy the place without hassle. I always dream of a simple and quiet life and I have found it here. Of course, there are always exceptions wherein some people are acting differently and procedures in the government are sometimes complicated and a crazy weather just like last week…it will snow…after 10 minutes, sun will shine…after 10 minutes, it will rain and windy.

Any advices for other international people?
—- First and foremost learn the language….
—- Know the timing of shops, governments, bus and trains.
—- Go to Gemeinde and ask if there are people living in the place who are of the same kin like you. This fellow man or woman will be a big help in order to know the basic things plus for you to feel comfortable somehow.

What makes the „Innviertel“ worth living?
—- Simplicity and silence.

What about beer in Upper Austria?
—- I am not a good beer drinker and I can not say anything about it. All I know, people here drink the beer like water. In addition, I can say that I love the RADLER produced in Ried… it is the best Radler that I have ever tasted.


Something we should know….?

…about job…
— KTM is a very nice company I would say. It allows my mind to explore, work on impossible things, deal with difficult situations and drive towards my goal which is leaving a legacy in this company.

…about friends…
—- I just keep a number of friends I can count on… A Hungarian, an Austrian and some Filipinos nearby.

…about yourself…
—- I am a snobbish type of person and always wanted to sit on one corner of the room. But when a person starts knowing me, he/she will find a very unique individual with full of adventures in life.

… about Lebensraum Innviertel (Maria Dietz)
—- Yes, this group, especially Ms. Maria is an angel to us… The first time I met her was last February 13,2013 in a seminar about Well Insured. It was a very informative meeting. It was just in the second meeting that I got to know things about her and that she is able to extend some help for Internationals ( Even lovelife I guess so). There are things that even our Human Resources can not provide but this group, not to mention, Maria, is able to answer and give us some advices even about the smallest thing like adopting a dog or a cat…Not only advices but she knows what we need. She is organizing events wherein we are able to meet other internationals around, know the Austrian government at large (Social Security system, Tax policy and Toursit Visas) and of course, know and understanding Austrian Culture. The things I just recently mentioned can’t be found anywhere else except in this group……not even in Youtube. Interaction and building relationships with the people around makes my life, our lives easier. And so, I am thankful that I met Maria. Anyway, I came here in Austria last Decemeber 6,2012.. And before I met her, I have these embarassing unforgettable experiences. NO regrets…It is part of an adventure here in Austria.