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70Marie-Luise Mähler worked at MTV or in the press department of the German Embassy in Brussels. Marie-Luise Mähler completed an editorial traineeship at MTV and then studied Romance and English at the University of Potsdam. She was employed in the press department of the German Embassy in Brussels and continued to expand her multilingualism. Then she worked for a large temporary employment agency as an inter-company PR employee in a wide variety of industries. She speaks five languages. All texts by Marie-Luise Mähler.

Experience report Career Entry for Humanities: Temporary Employment - Opportunity or Risk?

It was not easy for me to start my career as a humanities scholar - even though I already completed my studies before my studies and also spent some time abroad in Paris. At the moment I'm working with temporary work, which I currently perceive as an opportunity rather than a risk. How do you see temporary work? What experiences have you done?

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Traineeship and studies

I studied cultural and media sciences with an emphasis on English, Romance languages ​​and Dutch studies and studied during the study also a year at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Before completing my studies in humanities, I have a two-year TV traineeship. During the subsequent studies, I worked as a PR specialist in Brussels for a year. There I gained important experience in international press work for diplomacy and event management.

Salesman job instead of perspective

I also acquired extensive knowledge of web content management and was able to efficiently expand and deepen my multilingualism. Accordingly, I created a “profile” for myself during my studies with a corresponding perspective with regard to international PR ... At least that's what I thought at the time.

The reality was different: I worked as a saleswoman and my applications mostly went unanswered. My impression is that HR pay more attention to the professional experience that is on the CV after graduation, while the previous ones - consciously or unconsciously - are devalued.

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Temporary work: opportunity on the second labor market

Personal interviews resulted almost exclusively from my personal network. Perhaps this is also a problem typical of the industry that catapults many graduates with PR career aspirations into "long-term internship loops" these days?

I am lucky that on the second job market - as a so-called temporary worker - I get the chance to prove myself again in my field and gain further experience in exciting projects. I feel natural clearthat temporary work is gaining momentum in the crossfire Criticism advised, for example in relevant TV talk shows. Some say not very prosaically:

“In the past the slave traders went to the market and bought slaves, today the slave drivers sit at the market and the slaves come and sell oneself."

Temporary work: Mixed feelings

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I have to admit that I see the topic of temporary work with mixed feelings: on the one hand, it is of course less safe for employees and you earn less than in a permanent position. There are surely cases in which it is justified to complain about the exploitation of temporary workers because they displace permanent jobs. Because it can be assumed that the trend towards flexible employment will increase rather than decrease in the coming years.

On the other hand, I'm also self-employed. So I see that Company Nowadays you also have to react more flexibly, since the order books are no longer as full as before. Therefore, no temporary agency work can be a real relief for companies. And for employees it can be an alternative to unemployment. For me, temporary work has nothing to do with modern slavery - after all, temporary workers still have a choice. What I don't quite understand: Why should agency work be the better term? Because she is less euphemistic?

Humanities scholar and perfectionism

In the future, however, I would like to develop a second mainstay as a freelance author and editor. Everyone has to make sure that they get ahead. I've noticed many times throughout my career. that especially humanities scholars tend towards perfectionism, towards the desire to do everything especially right and especially correct. It is possible that this is something that we will be taught at the university.

I consider a "healthy" perfectionism, refined with the appropriate pinch of humor and a not to be despised portion of self-confidence, to be irreplaceable. But because of the current labor market situation, I am unable to locate where this has its limit to the extreme that can make you sick. How do you see the opportunities, but also the risks, of temporary work? What is your experience?

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