Highly qualified specialists - desperately wanted?
The issue of skilled labor defiance and also the doubts as to whether in Germany is really as great as is often claimed, was Best of HR – Berufebilder.de® already discussed more often - and also in a panel discussion Professor Dr. Gerd Bosbach and Dr. Two years ago, Karl Brenke from the DIW, we came to the conclusion that this is not so easy.
Now I have met young people in the USA who live there and have to work - returning to Germany is extremely difficult for them. And that, even though they actually bring exactly the qualifications that are desperately needed in Germany.
When Anna tells me her story on this first morning, I still think it is a single case. She is an immunobiologist, center 30, and will complete her PhD phase in early summer with her own research in a stem cell project at the MIT in Cambridge Mass. She is looking for a job, thinking about family foundations and about being at home somewhere.
European Career Fair - Europe brings back its well-educated children?
Anna does not know what to do next. Working in research is exciting. She could imagine a university career and combine both. She has also looked around the economy.
We are at the MIT Athletic Center at the European Career Fair in Boston. Already at the 17. The students of the MIT Cambridge organized a career fair in the hall where runners jumped over hurdles the night before. The concept is as simple as ingenious. Europe is bringing back its well-educated children.
1st place in the “Land of Ideas” competition
Student, graduate and career starter meet potential employers from Europe. Company, Cities and regions advertise with slogans like “return to bavaria”. For Germany, this concept was worth a place in the “Land of Ideas” competition. Several “recruiters” are at simple stands and hold so-called speed job interviews every minute with the queuing candidates.
The candidates are Paul, Kathrin and Sophie and come in suits and costumes with their hair pinned up, under their arm their “resumee”, which they pull out of a folder with the golden embossings from Harvard, MIT or Yale. On this first day of the fair, they still hope to get an appointment for one of the interview slots over the next few days. Europe is bringing back its well-educated children.
With a longing
It is probably the TV tower and the be Berlin logo, which emblazon on the oversized billboard on the stand of Berlin partners who act as a signal for the passers-by. Because they stop. Often with a yearning look.
We provide brochures with information about the Berlin labor market and talk about tripartite groups about Berlin and its employers. The postcards are particularly popular. A lounger on the beach in front of a graffiti-sprayed wall, a pool in the river Spree with a TV tower in the background, which comes on, is cool.
4000 candidates on job search
Day 2 at the European Career Fair in Boston. We are in the congress hotel. In the cabins, which are separated from the ground, and are close to each other, are more like dressing rooms at large sports events, the following two days will be held during the 20 minute cycle in the ballroom.
The “schedule” for this event was planned weeks in advance. Candidates posted their profiles on an online job board and companies posted their jobs. Happy who got an appointment. Fortunately also the companies that had a large selection of candidates; because a good 4.000 have registered.
Generation “global learner” - at home, where is that?
Anna is also there. She has spoken with a Dutch research company from the pharma sector. Sounds interesting, but actually she wants to go to Germany. Preferably to Berlin.
She studied there and went to MIT after one semester in Heidelberg and London for her doctoral thesis. After four years in America, she wants you back. Well educated, multilingual and cosmopolitan: The generation of “global learners” is grown up and wants to go home. But where is that?
How to apply in Europe
While some wait for their interview, others are sitting in parallel workshops. They are organized by the GAIN (German Academic International Network) or the GSO (German Scholars Organization).
How to apply in Europe? What is new from the old continent? Berlin Partner also gives an overview of the labor market in Berlin. Others provide information about possible running courses and the German higher education system.
Why is the job search in Germany so hard?
Why is it so hard to find a job in Germany? In the evening, I am at the Goethe Institute at Bacon Street, Boston, which is located in one of the very English houses overlooking the Charleston River. It is one of the flanking events these days. The German consul in Boston Rolf Schütte welcomes us. A politician from the Bundestag has also flown in.
The more than 80 guests hear the motivational speeches, in which words such as “demographic change” or “lack of skilled workers” appear.
I do not suspect that I will miss the lovingly prepared buffet. Also, not that this evening I give my last business card from a formerly full box.
Because the professionals who can not return home will not let me go. We'll see how it goes on next week Berufebilder.com!
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