Hello Everyone! My name is Michaela Gonzalez. I am a fifth generation Floridian, born and raised in Key West. I’ve traveled up the Atlantic coast, completing my undergrad degree at the University of Georgia, working in Atlanta in the hospitality industry and earning my master’s degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In July 2010, I began working as a Human Resources Analyst with the Volkswagen Group of America Graduate Program. For the past year, I’ve called the DC area home.
The Graduate Program at Volkswagen Group of America was designed to provide an opportunity for recent Bachelor and Master’s graduates to start their careers in the automotive industry. The program’s 24 months of rotational assignments gives analysts entry-level exposure to the different functions of the business unit they are working in. The analysts span across the organization’s business units including Volkswagen and Audi of America. Through training, networking, mentoring, and exposure to all levels within the organization, the analyst’s likelihood of full-time placement aligning with the business needs and personal career interests is enhanced.
I joined the Volkswagen Group of America team because regardless of where you are from, people relate to the culture of Volkswagen, Audi, and our other brands. I wanted to be part of that. In a little over one year, I’ve learned about the various aspects of the company’s Human Resources department and networked with individuals in other functional areas.
One of my proudest accomplishments thus far has been managing the Graduate Program planning and recruiting process this year. I look forward to keeping you informed of what’s going on and what’s to come with the Graduate Program through this blog. But you won’t just hear from me. Several analysts from the 2010 and 2011 Graduate Program classes will be writing each week, sharing individual perspectives from their Experience At Home.