Job fair in Mumbai
Make it in Germany
Job fairs are in. They are important when you are looking for your first job or if you are switching to a new employer. If you are flirting with the idea of changing your career and working abroad, events like this can give you many ideas and the opportunity to establish contacts.
The best example of a successful job fair is Trained in GermanY, which was held in September 2014, and is already into its second year. Following the successful launch in Pune, it was held in Mumbai this year. More than 400 curious and enthusiastic young women and men proved yet again just how interested young, qualified Indians are in Germany and in German companies. This is also borne out by German university statistics: in just five years, the number of Indian students doubled to almost 10,000.
The job fair, held for a whole day this year, is for the alumni of German educational and training institutions, especially for job seekers, who have studied or been trained in Germany. It is part of an initiative to acquire trained workers for German companies abroad. More than 20 German companies in India accepted the invitation from the Alumniportal Deutschland (APD), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IDCC), which was extended on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The fair was accompanied by a conference where visitors could attend workshops, presentations and panel discussions on job and career prospects in German companies.
The Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan also had a stall and did a presentation at the fair. Although the institute cannot offer much by way of direct work opportunities, it serves as an important centre for coordination between Indian employees and German companies and for those wanting to study in Germany. A knowledge of German and familiarity with the culture are not only the basis for successful cooperation but are usually also a prerequisite for employment or admission to an educational establishment in Germany.
‘Good morning, how are you?’ The staff of the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan were barely able to cope with the surge of visitors at their stall in the Trident Hotel. The institute is known all over India and for many people it is their first experience of Germany and their first contact with the culture. In the institute in Mumbai, more and more committed young Indians are eager to learn the language – so many that they exceed the staff capacity. Training and promoting a new generation of teachers is therefore a priority for Beata Weber, the head of the language department. Another focus of her work is to increase cooperation with corporate clients who would like their employees to know German and be familiar with the (work) culture. Therefore, in addition to language courses, the institute also offers inter-cultural training, relocation training and preparation for visits to fairs in Germany.