International Career

Start your career with these courses aimed at international students who plan to apply in Germany and all students who are interested in working abroad:

Einführung: Interkulturelle Kompetenz

Einführung: Interkulturelle Kompetenz

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Interkulturelle Kompetenz gilt als eine Schlüsselqualifikation für beruflichen Erfolg. In der Arbeitswelt werden Sie auf Menschen aus unterschiedlichen Kulturkreisen treffen. Diese sind uns in vielem fremd und wir können ihre Reaktionen und Verhaltensweisen oft nicht richtig einschätzen. Missverständnisse und Konflikte sind häufig die Folgen.

Deshalb ist es wichtig, die jeweils „anderen“ verstehen zu lernen und zu erkennen, welchen Einfluss die jeweilige Kultur auf das Verhalten eines Menschen hat. Die Chinesin Yani Guo gibt praktische Beispiele aus eigener Erfahrung.

Termin: Dienstag, 25. April, 15:45 - 19:00 Uhr

Raum: Campus Offenburg, A 101

Referentin: Yani Guo, Studierendenwerk Freiburg-Schwarzwald

Sprache: Deutsch

Mexiko

Mexiko

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Ein Auslandsaufenthalt in Mexiko stellt für viele Studierende eine spannende Herausforderung dar. Ist Mexiko doch, was Lebens- und Denkweisen, Umgangsformen und Etikette angeht, vielfach ganz anders als das Bekannte und Eigene. Sie bekommen neue Erkenntnisse zu Land und Leuten und lernen die mexikanische Kultur und ihre Besonderheiten zu verstehen. Außerdem erhalten Sie Antworten auf typische Fragen: Wie baue ich Kontakte auf? Wie kann ich mich verhalten, ohne dabei in Fettnäpfchen zu treten?

Inhalte

  • Mexiko-Basics
  • Sicherheitsaspekte
  • Vertrauen aufbauen und Kontakte pflegen
  • Zielgerichtet kommunizieren
  • Richtig mit Hierarchien umgehen
  • Handlungsempfehlungen für den eigenen Aufenthalt entwickeln

Termin: Mittwoch, 26. April, 15:45 – 20:00 Uhr

Raum:  A 101

Referentin: Dipl.-Kulturwirtin Alexandra Metzger, alma hispano-dialog

Sprache: Deutsch

Skandinavien

Skandinavien

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Ziel des Seminars ist es, die skandinavischen Länder und deren Einwohner besser kennen und verstehen zu lernen. Dabei soll auch eine Sensibilisierung für die eigenen kulturellen Werte und Hintergründe im Vergleich zur Kultur Skandinaviens erreicht werden. In Deutschland hat man oft ein idealisiertes Bild von Skandinaviens Natur, Politik und Sozialsystem, das nicht immer der Realität entspricht.

Im Seminar soll auf Unterschiede zwischen Deutschland und Skandinavien und Missverständnisse, die oft im Umgang mit Menschen aus den skandinavischen Ländern auftreten, eingegangen werden. Wir besprechen die skandinavischen Kulturstandards – Verhältnis zu Autorität und Flexibilität und Kommunikationsstil und versuchen so das Bild dieser Länder zu verdeutlichen.

Termin: Mittwoch, 3. Mai, 15:45 - 19:30 Uhr

Raum: Campus Offenburg, A 101

Referentin: Gertrud Goudswaard, Trainer für Englisch, Niederländisch und interkulturelle Kommunikation

Sprache: Deutsch        

Great Britain and Ireland

Great Britain and Ireland

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There are only few countries that we learn more about at school than the United Kingdom. While studying the language we acquire quite a lot of insights about institutions, traditions and the country’s history. Nevertheless Germans are surprised when they experience situations in the UK that look familiar at the beginning but turn out to be difficult to understand in the end. People seem to work differently, criticism is put forward in an unexpected way, people have a different understanding of what is embarrassing and even emotions are sometimes displayed in a surprising way.

Ireland - divided from the UK by the sea and their shared history -  shows at a first glance many similarities to the neighbouring island, but at a closer look we will discover distinct elements of Irish culture.

Are you planning to study or work in the UK or Ireland? In this seminar you will acquire the intercultural knowhow that you will need for a stay in the UK or Ireland. Apart from creating awareness for cultural differences, this seminar aims at developing ways of how cultural differences can be dealt with successfully.

Date: Wednesday, 31st May, 3:45 p.m. to 8 p.m

Room: A 101 on the Campus of Offenburg

Trainer: Dr. Stefan Schmid, Interkulturelle Kommunikation und Organisationspsychologie

Language: English       

 

 

Applying in Germany: Cover letter and CV

Applying in Germany: Cover letter and CV

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If you want to find an internship or a job, a good application is your first step to success. However, each country has its own rules and standards. In this seminar you will learn all about the characteristics of German application portfolios.Topics

  • how to structure your CV according to German standards
  • how to create a persuasive cover letter
  • how to structure the portfolio
  • how to apply online and via mail

If you have your cover letter and CV, please bring them to the seminar.

Date: Saturday, 25th March, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Room: A 110 on the campus of Offenburg
Trainer: Dr. phil. Mila Koretnikov, Hochschule Karlsruhe
Registration: online 
Language: English

Applying in Germany: Job interview

Applying in Germany: Job interview

 

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The training prepares you for a very important aspect of your job search: how to succeed in a job interview. In this practice-oriented workshop you have the chance to simulate an interview.Topics

  • how to prepare for a job interview
  • typical interview questions and how to answer them successfully
  • which questions you should ask

It is recommended to attend the course “Applying in Germany: Cover letter and CV” first.

Date: Saturday, 25th March, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Room: A 110 on the campus of Offenburg

Trainer: Dr. phil. Mila Koretnikov

Registration: online

In cooperation with the Graduate School

Applying in English

Applying in English

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This workshop is designed for students applying for an internship or for a first job abroad. The workshop takes you through a typical application process - from composing your resume and writing an appealing cover letter to preparing you for an interview in English-speaking countries.We are going to cover the following topics

  • Structure and layout of job applications in
  • Germany and abroad
  • The essential differences between applying in Germany and abroad (focus on US/UK)
  • How to prepare a successful application by focusing on your strengths as well as on the company’s needs (relevant skills, active verbs)
  • How to make the right impression during a job interview, tricky questions etc.

Date: Wednesday, 5th April, 3:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Room: Campus Offenburg, A 112
Trainer: Dr. phil. Mila Koretnikov, Hochschule Karlsruhe
Language: English

In cooperation with the International Office

Career start and internships // Counseling

Career start and internships // Counseling

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How can I successfully find a suitable internship or entry level position?
You can discuss your questions about the German job market with an adviser of the Agentur für Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency) Offenburg:

  • career entry and planning your career
  • strategies for applying
  • contacts to employers (entry level positions, internships, master theses)
  • job perspectives and job market development

Counseling during job fair on campus:

Date: Thursday, 11th May, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Room: A 101 on the campus of Offenburg
Adviser: Esther Wehrle, Agentur für Arbeit Offenburg
Registration: not necessary
Additional appointments at Agentur für Arbeit can be arranged: phone + 49 800 4 5555 00

Portfolio checking service

Portfolio checking service

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Do you plan to work abroad? Your application will be your business card, therefore it is important to present yourself favourably. Time and effort should be invested in making your application individual and stating your strong points clearly.The correct use of English is also very important for your success. Ms. Koretnikov will help you to improve the form and language of your CV and cover letter.How to use this service

  • Send your CV and cover letter (Word file) to career@hs-offenburg.de
  • Pay fee (15 euro) using your Oskar card: Klaus Fischinger at campus Offenburg, room A 106
  • Show your receipt at the Career Center, room A 107 (office hours: Mon. - Thu., 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • You will receive your corrected application usually within one week

APPOINTMENT: by arrangement

German translation of English applications

German translation of English applications

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Looking for a job in Germany? A well-written application in German will help you to get the position you want. This service will help you if you have to hand in a German cover letter and CV, but your language skills are not yet up to the task.

Our adviser Anja Armbruster is a certified translator who

  • helps you  to improve an application you have already (partly) translated into German
  • translates your English CV and cover letter into German

How to use this service:

  1. Send your CV and cover letter (Word file) to career@hs-offenburg.de 
  2. Pay fee (15 €) using your Oskar card: Klaus Fischinger at campus Offenburg, room A 106
  3. Show your receipt at the Career Center, room A 107 (office hours: Mon-Thu, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.)
  4. You will receive your translated job application usually within one week

Appointment: by arrangement

Adviser: Anja Armbruster, accredited translator of English, lecturer

Register online