Beyond Careers: Well-Being at Work
Workshops for universities, graduate programs, startups, and organisations
I created this website because I felt that cross-cultural careers needed more visibility, but cross-cultural careers is only part of what I do. My work on career topics grew out of my background in diversity and intercultural communication as well as a strong belief in the importance of well-being in the workplace. So much of our lives is spent at work, and when we're not working, we're often worried about the work that we're not doing, or the tasks that we feel we could have been better at. At WITOS Berlin, where I'm a managing partner, we focus on using evidence-based methods to increase well-being at work. Fostering well-being at work and supporting mental health are the unifying themes in my workshops across all topics - diversity, intercultural communication, cross-cultural careers, and personal organisation. In my workshops, my goal is to meet participants where they are and help them to develop work habits and workplaces that reduce stress and conflicts and make space for the things that truly matter to you - whether that's research innovation, coding apps at a startup, reaching your clients, or inventing something you haven't thought of yet. Each workshop I offer on these topics is designed specifically for your university or organization. For more information about our other offers, take a look below, visit the WITOS Berlin website, or get in touch!
- How can I create an effective weekly schedule that truly works for me? What’s realistic, and what isn’t?
- Why do we procrastinate? Why do I put certain tasks off and complete others?
- How do I prioritize while maintaining a healthy work-life balance?
- How can I build working habits that support me in reaching my goals?
- How can I best manage requests from colleagues or my supervisor(s) when their expectations don’t align with my schedule?
- What do I do to feel confident about saying no? How do I know when to say yes?
- How do I set realistic priorities that are in line with my goals?
- How can I identify and prepare for the additional stressors associated with living and working abroad?
- How can I build resilience and manage the challenges of an international assignment/living abroad?
- What can I do to support international colleagues, employees, and/or students?
- Why is diversity important and what does it mean for my organization or team?
- What concrete, specific steps can we take to make our workplace or team more inclusive?
- How can we improve online collaboration and make virtual work more inclusive?
- What role does diversity and inclusion play in building workplaces that support mental health?
- How can we motivate stakeholders (colleagues, leadership) to allocate resources for diversity?
- When and how does culture play a role in our expectations?
- What do I expect from my supervisor (in academia)? What’s the role of a supervisor in Germany?
- How can I approach my supervisor with difficult questions or requests? What do I do when I need something from my supervisor that they’re not giving me?
The workshop was really insightful and helpful! I (finally) understand what I do wrong and what I need to correct in order to have higher chances of getting a job in Germany, now as a student and later on as a professional
I really liked that the workshop was interactive and included a lot of useful information. Really appreciate additional resourses and reccommendations that were given. I find the workshop perfect and have no suggestions for improvement.
Amanda made this course wonderful. Love the pace, Love the info, Love the examples. I feel saved, motivated and it’s mission possible.
I learned many things about how German employers expect on applicants. Actually, I attended serval career events before, but they seldom explained German culture in business very well. In fact, this is very helpful to me as foreigner. Please keep doing it in the future.
The session was a great one, indeed. Couldn’t have asked for me.
I learned a lot and Amanda was great! She answered all questions, was very kind and explained everything really well. I would love to be in another seminar with her. The graphics and comparisons where really good. It makes me feel better that I am not the only struggling.
It was perfect. I learned a lot!
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Why these topics?
In the field of training and coaching, it can sometimes feel like trainers work with such a broad range of "soft-skill" topics that it's difficult to see how they're connected. Over the course of my career, I've built my work around several core ideas that I believe are deeply connected to both my experience and to each other, and I want to share a little of that here.
Diversity and Intercultural Communication
As an anthropologist, diversity and intercultural communication is at the core of my career path. My first job after graduating from university was as a refugee resettlement aide in Charlotte, NC, supporting refugee families from around the world in re-starting their lives in the US. Navigating the challenges of resettlement with my clients was essential to my next position as a K-12 teacher for English language learners, where I worked primarily with refugee families as well as the children of migrant families from Spanish-speaking countries. During my time with the public schools, I also wrote curricula for students with interrupted formal education and worked as a coach and consultant for other teachers to help them develop approaches that would support language-learners in their classrooms as well as in developing strategies to manage difficult behavior in the classroom. My experiences here were essential in developing a hands-on understanding of how one size - or one system - doesn't fit everyone, and of the enormous effects of making small changes and adaptations in how we work to make learning - and workplaces - accessible. My own international transition as well as personal and family experiences have placed diversity and intercultural communication at a central place for me in my work and it remains a topic that I'm passionate about.
I often start workshops on organisational skills by sharing that my fifth grade teacher would likely be very, very surprised to learn that I'm teaching workshops on this topic today. That's part of the reason that I'm deeply motivated to continue working with this topic. Well-being at work can be approached from many angles, and I've found that organisational skills can be an effective approach for many people, including high-achieving academics and creative thinkers in the highly-competitive context of academia and/or startups, who've often spent a lot of time feeling like they're simply not doing enough. Through my own personal experience and my work with others, I know that organizational skills can be learned, and more importantly, that we can learn to feel like we're organized and effective - that we're doing a great job. In my workshops, I often talk about achieving a "true Feierabend". My focus is on being realistic about what we're able to do, and about finding tools and methods that actually work for us. It's also about not feeling like we should be doing so much more just because we think that's what's expected of us. After being in Germany for a few years, I took a small career detour and worked briefly in IT as a project manager and product manager for a SME, and I'm able to draw on both my success at managing software rollouts for D&B International as well as the many, many challenges I faced in managing my time and managing projects with very limited resources. My goal in these workshops is to help participants feel confident about their organizational skills and to develop resources and resilience for their future work.
When I was in third grade, I took an elective on programming in BASIC and learned to write a program that covered my computer screen with an animation of shooting stars.
My dad started off repairing machines for IBM and frequently brought home broken machines that he'd fix and let us play with. I've always loved computers and technology, but what I'm most interested in is how we use them - as an anthropologist, as an educator, and as an IT consultant, I've spent time thinking about how to connect and make our work easier with digital tools. One of my favorite parts of my work as a product manager was getting together with the developers to think about how to solve a problem presented by a client using the tools we had at hand, and this is the approach I take with digital tools in my work, both in designing online learning experiences and supporting organizations with online events. My focus in working with technology is on the problem at hand - that is, asking ourselves what we want to achieve instead of what might be possible. One problem that digital tools can help us solve - with the right support and approach - is building a more inclusive work environment. From small things like subtitling PowerPoint presentations live to structural changes like shifting to collaboration platforms that make it possible for "introverts" or quieter colleagues, colleagues with limited language skills, and colleagues with care responsibilities to participate at the same volume, much of my enthusiasm for digital tools is about supporting well-being at work for everyone.