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Despite having completed her studies in media and politics and some years of work experience in her home country, Laura had not found a job that provided her with sufficient resources. Therefore, she came to Berlin.
But the search took longer than expected. First there was the foreign language and culture, a new city, an unknown labor market and many bureaucratic procedures, such as the recognition of degrees. Today she works for an environmental foundation.
Many languageCourses and applications later, she began to work there on an honorary basis and later became a permanent post. One and a half years has taken her search altogether.
The idea: Tandem for working people
Together with Christine Haida and Judith Kauper (photo from left to right), I founded a project called TWO Young Professionals Tandem. At TWO, I meet many such well-educated Europeans like Laura, who arrive in Berlin and are once without orientation.
Our Team brings them together with professionals who have been living in Berlin for several years. In twos, the tandems, they meet 1-2 once a month and discuss their professional situation.
Young professionals support newcomers
The young professionals established in Berlin support the attracted tandem partners in their job or internship search and, if necessary, establish their first contact with the Berlin working world and their professional networks.
In tandem, they exchange information about professional topics, attend lectures and network events and learn from their partner - whether they expand their expertise, improve their language skills or learn something completely different from each other.
Old bunnies are expanding their personal network
The established young professionals also benefit from the tandem: they expand their personal network, train their intercultural competence and learn eg international business etiquette or improve their business Spanish.
By tandem they strengthen their counseling and accompaniment skills and can reflect their own professional career. In addition, tandem couples can take part in workshops on intercultural and professional topics, regular round tables and other network events.
Business sectors: From sportsman to mechanical engineer
The first round of tandems will start in early September. We are still in the process of reviewing applications and looking to see which tandem partners match each other.
I am currently reading application forms from, for example, Spaniards, Italians, Greeks or Portuguese. Many sectors are represented: whether media, sports, politics, non-profit or mechanical engineering - felt everything is there!
Sponsored by the European Social Fund
The good news is that the project is funded by the European Social Fund and is free of charge. We are currently looking for German and European tandem partners. You can still apply by the end of August. For more information, please visit our website:
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