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Our New Team Member Yann from France

Our New Team Member Yann from France

Hello everybody, I am Yann Ehrhard, the new summer intern here at St. ERHARD GmbH in the beautiful city of Bamberg. Born in Ivory Coast, raised in France, I’m now a student at McGill University, Desautels Faculty of Management in Montreal, Canada. There I’m doing a Bachelor of Commerce in International Management. The way I got to know St. ERHARD is quite funny, I was looking for an internship over the summer to gain more practical work experience, and apply what I’ve learned in classes in the real business world.

One day while going through my followers on my Twitter account, I realized that a company called St. ERHARD was following me, intrigued I decided to do more research about the company, and discover what they’re about. It was a really funny to see that they were a company who was producing beer, with my family name, and that looked young, innovative, and wanted to bring its unique touch of style and taste to the beer world. Moreover, I’m a beer lover, I grew up around it, live in a country where the beer culture is strong, from just hanging out with your friends to huge sports events, beer is not only a drink, it’s a way to enjoy life with a simple beverage, which interwoven different and complex aromas. That’s why I decided to send an email with my resume and a motivation letter, to know about their internships opportunities. No need to elaborate on the following, I think you can guess what happened next.

I’m working here thanks to the European Union program called Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, which helps young people to discover what’s entrepreneurship by placing them in new companies. It’s a really good initiative that I recommend to anyone who wants to discover more about this field. I just started yesterday, and you can’t believe how much I’m excited to be here, helping St. ERHARD to grow and learning at the same time, it’s one of my first real job experience and will probably never forget it.

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Rahul Agarwal at St. ERHARD GmbH in Bamberg

It was in autumn 2011, when I came to Germany for my Master’s degree. There were many reasons why I chose Germany as my next academic destination. First, Germany being one of the strongest economic pillars of Europe and second was to work in a dynamic and a challenging environment which could enable me to learn and work outside my comfort zone. Moreover, Germany kept on giving me different opportunities to fulfill my expectations and to even live beyond them. 

I believe if there is any country which people love stereotyping, it’s Germany. All of us at some point or the other have made cliché’s about Germans. From their punctuality, to their love for sausages and schnitzel, to how German language sounds like to all the foreigners, all these matters were always touched upon. However, there was one thing which was never much emphasized on, which was their love for football and “beer”. Well, I got my first proof at Oktoberfest. It was the first time when I saw 1000’s of people dancing on the tables with a huge glasses of beer. That was a huge cultural shock for me.

Slowly as I spent some time studying, learning and growing here, I saw beer everywhere. People buying more beer than water from the supermarket, huge beer gardens filled with people enjoying their time drinking beer under the sun and so on. Now after being lived in this amazing country for almost 2 years, I have realized how incomplete German culture is without beer.

Back then I would have never imagined myself working for a beer company. But now it feels great to be a part of St. ERHARD, one of the first German beer companies which has entered the Indian beer market with the vision of delivering a true enriching experience across borders. Probably, being the only Indian working for a German beer brand and facilitating this cultural exchange between the two countries leaves me with the feeling that I am doing something really unique.

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