Webinar "Studying in Germany - Then what?"

Exchange students, international graduates and PhD students have to decide what to do after finishing their studies in Kassel. Return to the home country? Or find a job in Germany or somewhere else? The decision is not easy. And some surprises, problems and chances may arise when returning home.

The aim of the webinar is to bolster up for the transition from studying to working and living in different cultures. A discussion with an experienced alumna may help to reflect on your situation and prepare for potential difficulties and unexpected opportunities.

Valentina Echeverry Cardenas, 26, has experienced quite a few cultural clashes in the last few years: She grew up in Colombia, where she spent a lot of time at her grandparents’ coffee farm. Then she studied International Business and Consumer Studies at the University of Kassel in Witzenhausen and spent one semester in Lyon, France as an Erasmus student. Now she works for an international chocolate factory in Austria - Mondelez International in Bludenz.

“The reverse culture shock - it does hit you,” she says, thinking about the German habits she has adopted, which become more obvious when she goes back to Colombia for vacations. “My family and friends think it’s odd that I look up the weather forecast or bus time tables before I leave my house.” But the adaption to certain conventions may also be very helpful for working in international teams if the preparation is suitable: Valentina participated in a returning expert program for Latin Americans, which made her realize what additional skills and experiences she needed to acquire in order to have better opportunities.

Within a friendly and informal atmosphere, participants may address their questions directly in the chat to Valentina and the other alumni participants.

The moderator of the webinar is Andy Jones from the English department of the University of Osnabrück, a British expert for intercultural communication living in Germany. 

Technical requirements for the webinar are: a stable internet connection (LAN preferably or a good W-LAN connection) and speakers or a headset.

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