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The companies are in the minority here
Because my name plate is white, and I am clearly in the minority. White are those who represent companies or have at least information from the labor market in Germany and are thus much sought after as a conversation partner. Red, those who are interested in this information.
For example, Tom, the neurobiologist specializing in pediatric intensive care, came from Houston. "What's it like over there, are paediatricians needed?" He asks me. He would like to go back, but it's hard to find a suitable job.
Where can you find a suitable place?
Where should he search? Once he had got through, one Casting to send. But he was not invited. He did not get a cancellation either. Somehow, he felt he was not very welcome.
Gernot, the chemist from Pennsylvania, also wants to go back. His wife, an American, is a dental assistant. She is pregnant. Bringing up children is expensive in America. They would like to go back. "Of course to Berlin," he says. He also spent two semesters in Berlin before studying the world.
"What is the chemical industry doing in Berlin?"
The last thing he heard is that Schering probably does not exist anymore. Today he is programming, and actually he is also a physicist and would like to do something completely different. As the job opportunities for his wife "What does that would be and whether the child care in Berlin still chemical industry is always so good, he wants to know.
That he is the specialist who was meant in the speeches, and that we in Germany as one in Berlin? "Complain lack, which has not yet arrived with him. Not even with his friends. They are engineers, scientists, doctors, but also financial experts and economists.
They want to go back but can not!
Also they want to go back if they could. After three hours I'm hungry, but the buffet has long since cleared and the politician again on the way to the airport. My neck is dry from talking, partly with 4 to 5 people at the same time at one of the standing tables.
At some point I write my contact details only on paper and promise to answer. "Send me some job ads," they say at parting. "I do," I promise and can not understand.
Is the German middle class ready for the Global Learner?
Highly qualified German specialists do not find a job? What's wrong here? In the Internet age is it difficult to find job offers? Information about industries and labor market in Germany to get impossible? This is all solvable. Or?
Stop, there's another problem. Because the question is: is the middle class in Germany ready to employ this generation of "global learners"? They are self-confident and used to working in multicultural structures.
You know the performance and success of printing as a matter of course. Changes do not frighten them. In short, they are the Generation Y. In intercultural competence teams they demand feedback and have learned to give it. Communicative, networked and openly looking for meaningfulness in work, not job titles.
In Germany you have to start small
Like Sophie, she is a virologist and would like to bring her experiences to Germany. "Germs in a hospital, that does not have to be anymore," she knows. There are systems, hygiene standards and many new developments, but this enthusiasm has slowed down the personnel quickly.
It's been two years since she flew to Germany for a job interview at her own expense. She must first start small. The waiting list for the desired position is full of colleagues who have been working here for some time. Frank, the mechanical and electrical engineer, nods in agreement and adds: "And if that is not the case, then we are overqualified."
Anxiety to place responsibility in young hands?
The fact that companies are applying to the applicants, granting relocation allowances and take over travel expenses, is still alien to many companies. Traditional customs, looking at documents, and demanding complete CVs are, it seems, as widespread as the fear of giving responsibility to young people.
"Sometimes I think they do not know how to handle me. I manage a team here and have responsibilities, "says Sophie, who works for a pharmaceutical company. In America, no intermediate reports on work performance are written and references with names and telephone numbers are given only on request. The Vita is called Resumee "and has no photo. For many HR professionals in Germany this is still a problem, and they prefer to do without the candidate.
It's hard to come back
After three days, the last Berlin postcard is distributed, the Berlin banner is stowed again. I'll meet Anna again.
"It's easy to walk, but difficult to come back, I did not expect that," she says in a tight voice. The days of the ECF have left both hope and homesickness.
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