10 June 2021 - it's OWL career event celebrates premiere for international students

First international career-event from it's OWL

In times without job fairs and similar events, both companies and applicants have to rethink. And even if digital events have their challenges, the digital format has great potential for an international career event. Around 100 students, graduates and young professionals thought so too and attended the first international career event organised by it's OWL. In virtual discussion rounds, the students obtained information directly from companies about current job offers, the application process or specialist topics.

"Especially in the current situation, it is difficult to get into conversation with company representatives," says Aurora Riska, a student at Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. At the it's OWL career event, she quickly got into conversation with four selected member companies of the Leading-Edge Cluster. She spoke with representatives from Beckhoff Automation and Dr. Oetker about career opportunities, received valuable tips for a possible application at GEA Westfalia and gained important insights at Miele.

"An event like this, specifically tailored for international students like me, was a great opportunity to meet local companies at eye level," says Aurora Riska. At least one HR contact person:inside and one young professional per company were available to her during the discussions with the companies.

More than 100 students were interested in the companies

In return, the companies also benefited from the students' great interest. "The students come to this event with very specific questions. This gives us the opportunity to present our company in a targeted way, but without much effort, even in an international environment," says Vera Kemper, Professional Idea Programme & Employer Branding at Dr. Oetker, who was present at the premiere of the international career event. Jonas Fröhleke, Project Manager R&D Cooperations at Beckhoff, explains: "In times of remote work, the international nature of the it's OWL career event was a great way for us to gain access to an even broader, global talent base."