To: Company and University Representatives
We are pleased to announce that the German Language and School Society, or Deutscher Sprach- und Schulverein (dssvwi.org) and the Goethe House (ghwisconsin.org) are sponsoring a second German Career Day on Wednesday, November 9th 2016 at Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee, WI from 9 am to 1 pm and you are invited to participate!
The event will be similar to a mini-trade fair for high school upperclassmen and college students, with the companies, universities, and other organizations having tables there where they will present information regarding academic programs, study abroad programs, internships and career opportunities upon graduation. This an excellent opportunity for employers who find it advantageous to hire professional employees with a proficiency in German. It is a forum in which the companies can showcase their businesses and provide relevant information to these students for potential recruiting upon graduation.
We expect several hundred high school German students. To help offset the cost of transportation and/or substitute high school teachers, the DSSV is also offering grants to the teachers. We are hopeful you or your representative will host a booth highlighting your work and career opportunities for German language students. There is no charge for participation.
The doors will open at 9AM and a plenary session will take place at 10-11AM. Students will be able to tour booths from 9-10AM and again from 11-12:30PM.
The presentations will consist of:
- Video testimonials from Americans living/working in Germany
- Milwaukee 7 presentation
- Panel Discussion / Questions
Before and after the program, students will visit with the representatives of the companies and universities.
We want to provide answers to student questions like these:
- What qualifications, skills, and abilities are the companies seeking in new employees?
- Which subjects could/should best be combined with German studies?
- What advantages arise when a young person pursues German?
- How important are internships and what options does your company offer for German-American internships?
- What are my next steps (exchange programs, internships, major field of study)?
In 2015 more than two hundred students were able to meet with 22 companies and university representatives encouraging students to continue to study German, inspiring them to think about future careers and opportunities which will be afforded to them as German speakers.
We hope to have an even larger number of universities, corporations and organizations represented this fall.
Our effort is being led by Michael Koch, PhD, Marquette University, AATG State Testing Chair, Wisconsin. The DSSV has been furthering interest in and understanding of the German language and culture in Wisconsin since 1956. We also have affiliations with the Goethe House Wisconsin and the Hessen Wisconsin Society. The goal is to engender appreciation and enthusiasm for the opportunities that a study of German makes possible for these young people as they graduate from college.
If you are interested in participating, or have additional questions, please let us know.
If you are as excited to participate as we are about this event, you may sign up right now by clicking here, and we hope you will. Interested parties can also reach us with questions or concerns at germancareerdayMKE@gmail.com.
Fred Keller, Vice President
German Language and School Society