After two stations in Germany, Camillo’s final rotation led him back to Italy. He was placed in a cylinder filling plant in Arluno, near Milan, where he discovered a whole new side to Linde. He was exposed to the everyday logistical challenges that the business faces: "I really underestimated this before. Here, I was getting to see in detail how real operations are managed."
However, it isn’t just the project experience that Camillo looks back on so fondly. For him, the mentorship aspect was equally as valuable. Each trainee is accompanied by an experienced manager who remains their mentor for the duration of the program. "Linde is such a huge company that it can be a bit difficult to orientate yourself at the beginning," says Camillo, "I'm glad my mentor took the time to help me understand the whole thing." In fact, the two remain in touch to this day – and not just on a professional basis. Such was the nature of their working relationship that a friendship naturally followed: "We still meet these days. And we talk about everything, not just about work!"
The highlight of the programme? Well, for Camillo, that came at the end – once the 18 challenging months were behind him. And it came in the form of a grand, final presentation held jointly with 15 other graduates from all over Europe. In front of an audience of their mentors and leaders, the graduates collected their experiences under the motto "One Linde". They then shared these experiences through games, panel discussions and interactive lectures. "Our mentors and managers invested time, money and resources into us. It made me particularly proud to see how satisfied they were," recalls Camillo.
Soon after completing the EGP, Camillo became a process engineer for Linde production facilities with LiGaPro and now lives with his wife and child in Munich. Having found a great sense of fulfilment in his professional life, he is confident that he made the right choice in starting the programme. On top of that, he has also been able to strike a work-life balance which leaves him time for his young family: "My two-year-old son consumes quite a lot of my energy," he says, laughing.
Camillo continues to bring great ambition to the work he does. Among other things, he has developed a tool that Linde uses for predicting the energy consumption of air separation units: a perfect combination of his knowledge and his desire to see it in action. That, after all, is exactly the vision he set out with: "I am proud of my work every day because it has a real benefit."