BIO | Reorientation as a humanities scholar: “You just have to dare”


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From my own experience in business, I would like to encourage other humanities to dare and also jump into the cold water - even if that is initially unknown and frightening.

A look at my career:

I am from the education of a political scientist (minor subjects: History of South Asia, Political Science of Southeast Asia), graduation in February 1991 in Heidelberg. Like many fellow students, I also lamented a time with doctorate and unicarriere or journalism, but then I decided against it.

The reason for the decision against my university career was the deterrent examples that I got to know in my student days at the institute (habilitation followed by social welfare ...). The only argument against journalism was that I had never had time for internships and volunteering because I had to earn money during my studies.

Simply advertised for everything

So I just applied to all ads that seemed reasonably interesting and in which applications by humanities scholars were not explicitly excluded. After just 20 applications, I ended up as a project leader at a management conference organizer and was supposed to organize IT conferences (without initially knowing more about IT than getting the job done as a replacement typewriter).

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My colleagues in the department were an Anglist, a Romanist, a translator, a folklorist and - a business economist. This resulted in a career that includes various stations in the conference business, foreign assignments (Israel, USA, Austria) and personnel responsibility.

From the event organizer to the consultant

Today I am an independent consultant for Company active in the field of conferences and further education as well as a lecturer for the further qualification of job seekers. So you can see, it works!

Because we humanities scientists have a few properties that are immensely valuable. We can think outside the box, we can think strategically across multiple stations / departments / partial decisions, we are mentally flexible and can always quickly take on new topics, reduce to the core topics, analyze and systematise problems and help with (often unconventional) solutions.

Do not be afraid!

It is important - not to be shy of looking into the economy, - not to perceive profit-making intentions as immoral or under our dignity - and to learn how profit and loss accounts look and read and understand the relevant number of columns (the business economists should quietly do it themselves ** gg **)

My conclusion: You just have to dare! WiWis and lawyers cook only with water - business management consists in principle only of common sense, the four basic operations and a lot of concealment tactics.

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