Sum­mer in the cast­le – Speeddating

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Af­ter al­most four weeks and count­less com­pa­ny vi­sits wi­t­hin the DHBW sum­mer pro­gram in the cast­le, the in­ter­na­tio­nal stu­dents to­day had the op­por­tu­ni­ty to brief­ly in­tro­du­ce them­sel­ves wi­t­hin a speed da­ting at the companies.

The head of the DHBW pro­ject, Ste­fan Riedl, or­ga­ni­zed the an­nu­al Speed­da­ting in the cast­le in Bad Mer­gen­theim. The very ex­ci­ted stu­dents were in a fa­mi­li­ar en­vi­ron­ment to have in­di­vi­du­al con­ver­sa­ti­ons with va­rious com­pa­ny re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves. At the be­gin­ning, the stu­dents in­tro­du­ced them­sel­ves, fol­lo­wed by the com­pa­ny re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves, and off they went. Ever­yo­ne had the op­por­tu­ni­ty to ex­press their wis­hes as to which com­pa­nies they would like to con­ta­ct. This re­sul­ted in 13 con­ver­sa­ti­ons. This is a very good quo­ta out of a to­tal of 20 sum­mer stu­dents in the castle.

The in­ter­views usual­ly las­ted ten mi­nu­tes, du­ring which the ap­p­li­cants had the op­por­tu­ni­ty to ask spe­ci­fic ques­ti­ons in or­der to learn more about the pro­fes­si­on and the com­pa­nies. The trai­ners, such as Chris­ti­an and Kers­tin, also had the op­por­tu­ni­ty to get to know the stu­dents bet­ter. It is im­portant to find out whe­ther the young peop­le would like to stu­dy in Ger­ma­ny, whe­ther they can ima­gi­ne a life far away from home wi­thout par­ents at the age of 18, or why they cho­se this cour­se of stu­dy. Be­cau­se it is im­portant to ad­dress ever­ything open­ly, only so a de­cisi­on for a stu­dy far away from home for the next three to four ye­ars possible.

A to­tal of eight com­pa­nies took this uni­que op­por­tu­ni­ty to in­ter­view in­ter­na­tio­nal ap­p­li­cants and re­cruit new stu­dents for the year 2020. On the same evening, the TecAlliance gave the ap­p­li­cants feed­back on how the in­ter­views had gone and what the de­cisi­on had been. This pro­cess is a cha­rac­te­ris­tic to which the com­pa­ny at­ta­ches im­por­t­ance – be­cau­se with open­ness and quick feed­back, the in­ter­na­tio­nal stu­dents can tra­vel back on Fri­day and re­port to their fa­mi­lies at home a lot about the past four weeks in Germany.

Now we hope that the ap­p­li­cants who have re­cei­ved an of­fer from us will choo­se us and a DHBW cour­se of stu­dy. But the stu­dents should dis­cuss this with their par­ents at home. If they give us po­si­ti­ve feed­back, they will re­cei­ve their training con­tract with Swiss Post wi­t­hin the next week.

With the Sum­mer in the Pa­lace pro­gram, we have al­rea­dy won eight stu­dents from five coun­tries over the past few ye­ars. We are thus ex­pan­ding our “other­wi­se so Ger­man” trai­nee team with many in­ter­na­tio­nal in­flu­en­ces, such as new cul­tures, many dif­fe­rent lan­guages, dif­fe­rent know-how and many litt­le things that en­rich the team.

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