“As few hurdles as possible”

Around 100 international students accepted the invitation from the university of bamberg to attend the "study and stay in bavaria" panel discussion followed on wednesday evening. Science minister wolfgang heubisch had traveled specially from munich to talk to labor market experts and students from around the world about their opportunities after studying in germany.

The intense conversation lasted an hour and a half, and soon the podium was no longer the only place where it took place, according to the university’s press office. The foreign students in the lecture hall followed the invitation of moderator inga pflug to get involved and ask questions, or rather, to ask questions. To bring in problems, promptly. It quickly became clear that the "study and stay in bavaria" campaign was a success was by no means only interesting for the foreign listeners, but also representatives of companies took this opportunity to rethink how valuable international personnel can be.

"There’s a lot happening in the world that we have to classify", philipp froben, managing director of the upper franconia media group, explained, for example. Special knowledge about special regions is fundamentally important in his company. The action had made him think. When asked what opportunities foreign journalists had on the german job market, froben was confident. In addition to 150 editors, there were "850 other people" in the media group work. International skills are needed in many places.

On the labor market, however, companies are by no means specifically looking for international personnel, says brigitte glos, managing director of the bamberg and coburg employment agency – with the exception of companies that have natural sciences and engineering positions to fill. "They don’t care where someone comes from."
The students in the room were encouraged by brose personnel manager ester loidl’s call to be pragmatic, to make contact with companies, to get to know each other through internships and work contracts, and to get to know the possibilities of the job market – that was the right way to go. "Every personnel manager looks at the company experience!" Brigitte glos confirmed that it is important to "find what suits you". After all, you can only do that in practice.

Thomas hummel, who is responsible for international affairs at the bamberg district office, also gave some encouraging concrete advice. He showed the developments that the right of residence has taken since 2005. Since then, foreign students have had access to the labor market for 18 months if they are looking for a job during this period. Also ancillary activities during the studies in the extent of 120 days or. 240 half days are now possible. This improves integration, establishes initial contact with the world of work and helps in the search for a suitable position.

For the academic career in germany, there is a special contact point for foreign students at the university: alexandra wolf from the welcome center for foreign academics introduced herself to the interested students as a contact person, who can help foreign doctoral candidates with their academic careers and doctoral candidates individually and comprehensively, advising and supporting them "through the jungle of the various residence titles" helps.

The two students on the podium, valeriya zaozerna from ukraine and meruyert alibekova from kazakhstan, were very satisfied with the information and advice facilities at the university. She and the many foreign discussants also gave the minister some suggestions for the political work: the income limit, bureaucratic hurdles, the housing situation… Improvements could be made at numerous points in the system.

Heubisch emphasized how much germany and the EU need internationally educated people and encouraged everyone present to think about a job in germany. He promised the students that he would work to ensure that there were "as few hurdles as possible" give.

Those in the audience who were serious about finding a job in germany were then given the opportunity to gain initial experience with human resources staff in a speed-dating session.

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