The University of Strasbourg has intensified its cross-border cooperation efforts by hiring a representative for integration into German-French professional life. In September 2015, Agnès Bousset began advising students, doctoral candidates, and graduates interested in working on both sides of the Rhine at the department Espace Avenir.
Although Strasbourg is right on the border, relations with the neighbors on other side of the Rhine do not simply come about of their own accord. The University of Strasbourg has underlined its political will to foster cross-border cooperation by establishing this position, which facilitates career entry in a German-French environment. Promoting cross-border professional integration has thus joined the tasks of increasing the amount of dual degrees and restructuring Eucor – The European Campus as a new project for breathing life into German-French (post-)university exchange. Agnès Bousset will spend half of her working hours at Espace Avenir organizing projects for the University of Strasbourg. The other half will be dedicated to the development of professional integration for Eucor – The European Campus in close cooperation with the other four universities on the Upper Rhine.
Along with her colleagues from Espace Avenir, Agnès Bousset will be taking part in the initiative “Prêt pour l’emploi.” From 9 to 24 November 2015, students can participate in a job interview simulation. The interviews will be conducted in French, English, or German with an industrial representative and a career counselor. They will conclude with a feedback session. Agnès Bousset will attend the interviews in German as one of two advisors and, if necessary, mobilize her network to find representatives from industry on the other side of the Rhine.
In addition, she plans to hold eight office hours from now until summer semester 2016. “The goal is to help students who want to do an internship in Germany to prepare a German-style curriculum vitae and letter of motivation, identify avoidable mistakes at job interviews, and give them tips on finding an internship.” It is difficult to find the right information on internship offers in a foreign country, she says. Agnès Bousset also intends to draw attention to intercultural and professional mobility programs like those offered by the German-French Youth Organization (Deutsch-Französisches Jugendwerk/Office franco-allemand pour la Jeunesse).
After completing a degree in German and Russian in Brussels, Agnès Bousset gained international work experience in several positions, first in Moscow and then at the Institut Français in Berlin, where she worked on promoting student mobility. She is especially motivated by the opportunity to remain active in university cooperation in her new job and plans in this context to establish a network of companies in France and in Germany. In her search for German companies, she will comb through internship databases and visit job fairs in Alsace to improve cooperation and strengthen German-French career integration.
Upcoming office hours:
Tuesday, 10 November 2015, from 1–5 p.m.
Wednesday, 9 December 2015, from 1–5 p.m.
Thursday, 21 January 2016, from 1–5 p.m.
Tuesday, 26 January 2016, from 1–5 p.m.
Wednesday, 23 February 2016, from 1–5 p.m.
Friday, 18 March 2016, from 1–5 p.m.
Tuesday, 5 April 2016, from 1–5 p.m.
Tuesday, 3 May 2016, from 1–5 p.m.