On February 05, 2018, Jens Jedlitschka, a Siemens employee of the Human Resource department, visited our school in order to inform us about working in a global world. As the event was organized by our English teachers, the talk was given in English.
The first part of the presentation dealt with the importance of English in the modern business world. Because a lot of people work for global companies having international connections and departments all over the world, good English skills are indispensable today and considered basic.
They are needed on business trips or simply to speak with people from other countries working in joint projects. But English is not only needed in the realm of work. It is also needed for communication in general, because in a globalized world you sometimes move to another country, meet people who recently moved to Germany not knowing the language yet, or just go on a holiday trip to a foreign destination.
That leads us to the second topic: Living abroad. Whether you have to do it because of your job or just want to gain new experience, there are always a few things to consider first. One of those is to figure out the formal aspects, because there are often visa you have to apply for a few months ahead. It can also be very helpful to get as much information as possible about the country you’re going to live in for a while. Different nations often have different customs, so it can help to prevent a lot of trouble if you know what and what not to do in the place you plan to live in.
It was especially interesting to learn about women’s role in a working environment in places like Saudi Arabia and how Siemens deals with these aspects.
Mr. Jedlitschka also gave us some useful general advice. He recommended to us to travel as much as possible. That would also help us to get a good job, because international experience is one of the aspects companies often expect their employees to have.
At the end of the presentation he told us some aspects to consider during a job interview and asked us about our plans of spending time abroad after our final exams.
In my opinion the presentation was really interesting and helped us to get an idea of what a stay abroad is like and why learning English is so important.
Written by Alexandra Fischer, Q11