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
In addition, I gained extensive knowledge of Web Content Management and was able to efficiently expand and deepen my multilingualism. Accordingly, I already created during my studies a "profile" with a corresponding perspective regarding international PR ... At least that's what I thought back then.
The reality was different: I worked as a sales assistant and my applications mostly remained unanswered. My impression is that HR professionals pay more attention to the professional experience that is on the CV after graduation, while the previous ones - consciously or unconsciously - are devalued.
Temporary work: opportunity on the second labor market
Personal interviews were almost exclusively based on my personal network. But maybe that is also a typical industry problem, which today catapults many graduates with a PR career in "permanent practice loops"?
It is my luck that on the second job market - as a so-called temporary worker - I get the chance to prove myself again in my field and to gain further experience in exciting projects. Of course, it is clear to me that temporary work has been heavily caught in the crossfire of criticism, for example in relevant TV talk shows. Some say little prosaic:
"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 themselves."
Temporary work: Mixed feelings
Video Note: If you don't see a video here, you have to activate the option "Watch videos" under "Privacy and Cookies" at the end of the page!
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 perspective, however, I would like to develop a second pillar as a freelance writer and editor. Everyone has to make sure that he moves forward. I have noticed many times during my career. that especially humanities tend to perfectionism, to want to do everything particularly correctly and particularly correctly. It is possible that we will be properly educated at the university.
I think a "healthy" perfectionism, refined with the appropriate pinch of humor and a not to be despised portion of self-confidence, is irreplaceable. But due to the current job market situation, I cannot locate where this has its limit to the extreme that makes people ill. How do you see the opportunities, but also the risks, of temporary work? What experiences have you had?
More knowledge - PDF download, eCourses or personal advice
Offline download: Download this text as PDF - Read usage rights, Because we do not automatically submit the title of this text for privacy reasons: When buying in "interests" the title register if support is needed. After buying text exclusively Download at this URL (please save).
Your eCourse on Demand: Choose your personal eCourse on this or another desired topic, As a PDF download. Up to 30 lessons with each 4 learning task + final lesson. Please enter the title under "interests". Alternatively, we are happy to put together your course for you or offer you a personal regular eMailCourse including supervision and certificate - all further information!
Consultant packages: You want to increase your reach or address applicants as an employer? For these and other topics we offer special Consultant packages (overview) - For example, a personal phone call (price is per hour).