The primary goal of the Virtual World Café is to exchange ideas and experiences amongst the participants. The online format replaces the bistro tables of the “World Café” with break out rooms and the participants have to make the coffee themselves – but otherwise everything works as in the face-to-face version. The online session will be launched by the Head of Career Services Center Predrag Tapavicki, talking to the whole plenum. Together with his colleague Dr. Monika Blaschke, Head of Career Services of the University of applied Sciences Bremen, he will on-board the participants on the main theme „How to secure a job in and from Bremen”. The reflection on the World Café’s topic will be followed by the depiction of the different tables and their respective hosts. Moderated by Christin Klähn, Career Services Coordinator at Jacobs University, the around 50 participants will be “seated” at different tables being allocated to different rooms in Zoom. The participants “sit” together in small groups at bistro tables and work in a relaxed atmosphere. They discuss predetermined questions, exchange ideas and network in constantly changing constellations. They discuss a given question for about 15 minutes before the groups are mixed again. Only the host stays in his room and receives the new guests to discuss with them further, working on the notes already taken by the former group. The event ends with a get-together, giving all hosts of the tables the opportunity to quickly present the main outcomes of the tables’ discussions.
The opening event of the yearly Jacobs Alumni Homecoming is devoted to challenging issues in the fields of career development, the world of employment, and interactions between higher education and society. Given the circumstances of the COVID-19 crisis, this year’s event will take place online. The former called “Jacobs Career Symposium”, is now organized as a Virtual “World Café” by the Career Services Center at Jacobs University. It aims to foster a constructive discussion as well as networking opportunities between alumni from all over the world, current students, professors, employers, and additional experts.
FORMAT: VIRTUAL “WORLD CAFÉ”
Talking about getting a job in and from Bremen involves different types of online research as well as networking tools. Especially during and after being impacted by the COVID-19, the internet is even a more powerful source for the job market research. Every student and alumni should make the most of the resources at hand in order to secure a job or internship. Therefore, the “guests” of the bistro tables will discuss how to use LinkedIn, XING and general Job Search Engines effectively. A special highlight will be the “JobTeaser theme table” which caters the needs of every Jacobs student providing an exclusive job portal. Moreover, the Career Alliance Bremen (CAB), will reflect on how to make use of the cooperation of Bremen’s higher educational institutions on how to find a job. Joint events and proposals are just a few of their current measures.
The Career Service Center of the Jacobs University, Career Center University Bremen and other decentralized institutions of the University, University of the Arts, University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven as well as the Career Service at the HSB have intensified cooperation with the names Career Alliance Bremen. Another, more student based table, will talk about the startup possibilities Jacobs Students have (JSC Student).
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