Ready for the "new" world?
Although he deals a lot with directives and regulations in his day-to-day work, for Frank Thelen it's about more than just complying with law. "It's about giving thyssenkrupp Materials Services a firm place in a "new" world," the expert explains. "I believe that rethinking sustainable solutions will change the world just as comprehensively as the industrial revolution did."
For him, it's clear that as we move into this new world, transparency and efficiency will become even more important, and so will the digitization of supply chains. "It will become clear which technologies will prevail in transport logistics to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," the expert believes. "But for long-term success, we need to recognize that, fundamental things in this world are changing. If we don't go through our day-to-day jobs with an open mind, we'll miss these important opportunities." So, according to Thelen, in order to be well equipped to face the challenges of the next few years, you need a good mix of experience and a willingness to question the tried-and-true.
Sustainability as an opportunity for young professionals
For Frank Thelen, being able to work on such a topic, at a central position in a large company like thyssenkrupp Materials Services, is what makes his job so appealing. For young people and young professionals, he sees a very wide range of opportunities in sustainability: "There is a demand for different career profiles. Anyone who is interested in sustainability has a good chance of finding an exciting "green job".
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