You can really feel the joy in the varied work. Is there a typical daily or weekly schedule for you at all?
Vikas Shambhalwal: No, every day is different. I often cannot tell the day before what to expect the next morning. This is especially true after the weekend.
You say that you often don’t know what to expect – what was it like when you came to Austria from India as a youngster in 2002? Did you know what to expect then?
Vikas Shambhalwal: Since my father had lived and worked in Austria since 1991, I knew a little bit of what life here is or could be like from his descriptions. But of course it was a huge change – especially the German language is not that easy. I often cheated my way through at the beginning with English.
Anyway, you speak excellent German now…
Vikas Shambhalwal: Thank you – but I often notice myself that in the middle of a sentence I can’t think of a certain word and I suddenly get stuck. However, it helped that our family in Austria had to speak German immediately, because we didn’t know anyone here who spoke Indian. So I learned German relatively quickly. I am very grateful to my work colleagues that they also always help me when I say something wrong. It is important to me that I am corrected because this is the only way to learn and do it right.
So you feel you are in good hands with MGG Polymers?
Vikas Shambhalwal: Definitely! The working atmosphere is wonderful. I get on well with everyone at the factory – and I hope that the reverse is also true and that people appreciate me and my work. In any case, I try to respond to the concerns of all colleagues and help them as much as I can.
Last question: What do you expect or hope for your future – professionally and privately?
Vikas Shambhalwal: As in my daily work, I simply let myself be surprised what the future will bring. I hope I will enjoy my work for a long time to come. Privately, I’m sure things will change soon: On the one hand, I am building a house and in the summer my daughter will be born.
Then we wish you and your family all the best and may you continue to maintain your enthusiasm for your work. Many thanks for the interview!