On Monday, the DHBW organized an event with the topic “FORUM personnel recruitment and skills development in international context”. Representatives of different organizations gave speeches on various topics.
The participants were welcomed by the head of course of studies International Business and the head of course of studies Industrial Engineering Mr. Prof. Dr. Jochum and Mr. Prof. Dr. Möhringer. After short welcoming speeches of the mayor of Bad Mergentheim Mr. Glatthaar and the head of campus Bad Mergentheim Mr. Prof. Dr. Kim, the first speech dealing with the topic “Implications of internationalization in Asia on personnel recruitment and skills development of the Würth Group” was given by Mr. Bürkert the business area manager of the Würth-Group and director of the Würth Industry Service GmbH & Co. KG.
After that, the head of course of studies International Business and the head of course of studies Industrial Engineering Mr. Prof. Dr. Purle and Mr. Prof. Dr. Seidenstricker gave a speech on contributions of campus Bad Mergentheim to international personnel recruitment. They for example talked about the integration of Business English into the course of studies Industrial Engineering and the possibility of a semester abroad.
This leads us to the next part of the event: During a break, the participants could gather information about the semester abroad from us students. We answered questions and talked about our semester abroad with the aid of our self-made poster.
After this break, four different workshops took place. Each participant had to choose one workshop in which he/she is interested.
I participated in workshop 1 dealing with the topic “skills requirements in international sales”. It started with two keynote speeches given by a sales manager from ebm-papst Mulfingen GmbH & Co. KG and a sales engineer from EUGEN WOERNER GmbH & Co. KG. Thereupon, our group of about 7 members could ask questions and we discussed topics like the empowerment of women and the quota of women.
Another workshop covering the topic “International training – but how?” was held by a training manager of R. STAHL corporation and a person in power for personnel development and training of WITTENSTEIN SE.
The third workshop covered the topic “Alternative personnel recruitment methods”. This workshop for example focused on “Summer in the castle” and was held by our group manager Vocational Training Kerstin Langohr.
The last workshop dealt with the topic “Implications of the digital transformation on personnel recruitment and skills development in international context” and was held by a personnel specialist in training of Würth IT GmbH. They discussed the question if the application process should be fully automated in the future or if it should remain on a personal basis.
As you can see, the workshops were very interesting and the participants could share their own point of view with other participants.
After the workshops, we had another break in which we students presented our semester abroad.
At the end, the head of course of studies International Business Mr. Prof. Dr. Jochum gave a short speech and the speakers received a small present.
All in all, it was a very successful event which dealt with interesting topics. The topics were not only perfect to discuss but they also provoked thoughts. The topics were considered from different point of views giving everyone new insights.