Press comments on the panel discussion
In the March edition 2010, the newsletters of the German Romance Association on p. 13 reported in the "Foreword to the Bonn Romance Day, Romance Studies - Occupation and Vocation" by Prof. Dr. Paul Geyer about the appearance at the Panel discussion with Dr. Monika Wulf-Mathies.
Think more efficiently
Newcomers who are fresh from college often have to throw some ideals overboard if they want to get a foothold in working life.
One participant in the XING group "Humanities Economist", which I chaired, recently stated:
Apparently, I really have to work on thinking "more efficiently" - even though I find that much idealism is lost in the process.
Efficient and idealistic?
My co-host Oliver Krone gave a very nice answer, which briefly summarizes some essential aspects, but which can also be applied to other career entrants. It shows why the loss of ideals does not necessarily end in frustration.
This is, I believe, one of the great prejudices that humanities (edit: short GeWis) have to the economy. Thinking efficiently and still maintaining idealism is a process that GeWis undergoes in her first years at work. Nobody says that GeWi does not have its own concept of efficiency. This, however, not only considers the economic effort against the associated gain, but often also includes the social costs that a decision entails. And these are anticipated costs, which they learn to estimate over time, but which nobody is so keen to avoid. In the long run, with this thinking your idealism comes out much better, even if it is hidden in "economic terms". See it in a positive way, because it makes you less vulnerable, and the work can still be fun.
The discussants were:
The discussion took place on 30.09.2009 on the occasion of the German Romance Day - at 11 Uhr in the auditorium of the University of Bonn. It discusses:
- Dr. Monika Wulf-Mathies studied history, German studies and economics in Hamburg and Freiburg. Since 2001, she has been with Deutsche Post DHL, initially as head of the central department "Politics and Sustainability", and is 2009's advisor to the Executive Board. After her PhD 1968 in Hamburg, Wulf-Mathies was first assistant at the Federal Ministry of Economics, then at the Federal Chancellery, etc. Head of the Social and Social Policy Unit. 1976 was elected to the board of ÖTV union, 1982 became its chairman. 1994-1999 she was a member of the European Commission, then she was until 2000 European policy adviser to Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. How did you manage to succeed as a woman and a humanist?
- Andrea Frank is Program Director at the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft and in this function responsible for the area "development Career Services at Universities ". She studied regional science North America in Bonn.
- Juana Juan-Banner is Alumni Coordinator of the University of Bonn. She studied Iberoromanic philology, English and American studies in Bonn.
- And I, a journalist and book author, who studied history and Italian in Heidelberg, Siena and Bonn.
Of course, I am pleased about interested listeners. For all others, the event will be recorded on video and - I hope - then made available online. More at this point.
Interview with Monika Wulf-Mathies
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