I moved to Berlin from the US in 2008 without thinking much about what the move would mean for my career. Prior to my move, I taught high school in Charlotte, NC, and coached teachers on how to best integrate non-native English speakers into their classrooms. I worked extensively with refugees, immigrant populations, and their first-generation children on both language learning and “making it” in the US. I also had some experience teaching at universities in my area. When I arrived in Germany, I was on the lookout for my next job – what was available to me? How could I make living abroad work?
After a few twists and turns, testing out different fields, and learning so much along the way, I returned to the field of continuing education, and eventually joined up with my lovely colleagues and partners at WITOS Berlin, where, we provide training, systemic coaching and organisational development. The idea behind “systemic” thinking is that everything is part of a system – and nothing could be truer of our careers, which are connected to so many different aspects of our lives and experiences, or of working and living across cultures.
I work extensively with universities and educational institutes in Berlin and across Germany, as well as in corporate settings and with private clients. I’ve always enjoyed working with students who are (wherever they might find themselves in life) always at the beginning of something new.
Careers has always been an important topic for me, as it’s such a large part of our lives, and we usually end up (whether consciously or unconsciously) making huge decisions that affect our paths quite early, often before we’ve really reflected on what that will mean for the rest of our lives. I created this website after years of working with international students in order to put all of the resources I’ve developed in my careers classes over the years – as well as collected from other wonderful sources along the way – in one place. My goal is to provide a place where international students and relocated professionals are able to find real information about working in Germany, as well as tools to help them answer questions they might have or explore career orientation.
Relocating to a new country can be so challenging, and the career choices that we make along the way can have an effect on our future path, and can open – or shut – doors for us in the future. Everyone deserves to do work that fulfills them, whatever that work may be, and helping students and relocated professionals figure out their path is important to me. I hope this website will be a useful resource!
Other Topics & Focus Areas
- Intercultural Communication & Intercultural Skills
- Transition Across Cultures: Resilience & Stress-Management for Relocated Professionals, Relocation Coaching
- Project Management for PhD Candidates & Researchers, PhD Coaching
- Communication, Time Management, Study Skills
- (Digital) Interactive Training Methods