Every person who lives abroad sometimes has a question, if the life in the home country would be better, easier, and closer to your heart.
This might be a week or two when I am sick and tired and start looking for a one-way ticket to Russia. In order to support me, my mom sends me pictures, which became my very own “meanwhile in Russia” journal.
I was always very much impressed, how little Russians cared about the environment since 90s came into the play. However, that is one thing to leave the shit behind – and this is another thing to leave in the very shit you collect every day.
This is an example of mentality I could never understand.
Behind the car: “Vika, Happy Birthday”! and “Gulia, please forgive me!”
A very special sense of life’s humour.
This is a special article for a friend of mine, who told me that I need to invest more time in this blog by giving her some advice in her difficult situation. So, here I am, telling you all obvious parts of the bitter truth and preparing you for the most unpleasant (not)surprise: cancellation of your contract. I also was fired when the Renewable Energy industry collapsed in Germany some years ago, therefore I will be glad to share my experience on this matter. Here is what you do when you know that you are spending the last days in your company:
1. Get copies of all important papers
Get copies not of the whole secret stuff, but of the emails, which might have got you fired. Of the “OK” notes from your boss for the projects which could lead to the cancellation of your contract. Of the meeting‘s summaries which will demonstrate that you have told the ugly truth but your boss did not want to hear – and, if he would, the disaster would not have happened. In other words, prepare all the documents you might need to defend your case in a court, especially if you work in a country like Germany, where you get a reference letter with a specific grade from each employer. You should be able to defend your interest in the end, especially if you expect your boss to let you go in order to defent his reputation.
2. Collect your contacts
Very often, you will lose the access to all the contacts in your corporate phone book and your email the same moment you will get the cancellation letter. You might have clients you would like to take with you or clients, which could offer you a job right away – do save the contacts in advance to use all opportunities.
Today I would love to share with you a short photo story about a UNESCO city Bamberg in Southern Germany, about 1 hour from Nurnberg and 2 hours from Munich by train. This is an amazing opportunity to spend a day (and a night) enjoying the fleur of the old Germany.
The buildings in the old town were built between 11th and 19th century, therefore the city looks like a cartoon village from Hansel and Gretel. Bamberg was far away from any military point, therefore you will see many original facades. It is not overpopulated by tourists, and after 22 you will find almost no foreigners on the streets. There are an old town, a castle and a monastery open to you in Bamberg.
If you look for a magical experience in an old German city – this is a place to go!
More information in this video (in German):
Today I have an interesting idea to share…Everything in life comes not in cycles, but in waves. Every wave is a bit higher than the previous one. Sometimes we can catch the wave, and sometimes we just get wet and can’t see it, but this does not change how things are working.
Some years ago, I had a difficulty to get an unpaid internship for my Diploma thesis in Russia. This is not in our culture to get somebody running around and disturbing other employers for free. Therefore, I got a small job as an interpreter and agreed with the employer that he will sign the Diploma thesis papers. We went to Munich for a large construction fair, he liked my translation work and asked to stay as a Financial Manager in his company. I denied and went abroad.
After 5 years, I was standing in the very same hall as a speaker talking about complex project structures and high-level IT issues. This is the same spot, just a much higher wave.
This life will give you a change to return and look back – not for a revenge, but for a moment to spend thinking, how much you have done. Do not waste this moment – it is there for you to plan the future, not to regret or to judge your past.
Any idea about the future, which new technologies will bring? Innovations bring the fastest changes at the labour market we have ever seen. There are hundreds professions, which did not exist 5 years ago, such as Innovation Manager, Knowledge Manager, Digitalisation Executive, Blockchain Consultant etc. They all are the products of the new digital era. However, the most progressive industry digitalisation fair Hannover Messe showed last month, that there are many usual professions, which soon will not be needed anymore. Prepare yourself: the mid 21th century will force you to do more intellectual work and spend more time by the computer. Here are some professions, for which technologies have already found proper substitutes:
Есть два издания, которые я пролистываю в интернете даже при максимальной загруженности на работе – это Forbes и Vogue. Самая читаемая статья этой недели в Forbes – о том, как американский школьник поступил сразу во все лучшие университеты США.
В конце статьи есть ссылка на его эссе. Честно? Я не прослезилась. И меня эссе не тронуло. Но это именно тот тип эссе, написанный сложными книжно-научными словечками, который позволит поступить в классный ВУЗ. Американцы любят драму, любят тех, кто умеет быть громким на подиуме даже в простых эссе. Будь то семейная трагедия, которая сподвигла стать доктором, или кофе с деканом, за которым вы размечтались стать профессором математики – всё идёт в ход.
Наслаждайтесь, пока я между конференциями пытаюсь дописать забавный материал о профессиях-динозаврах, на которые больше не стоит идти учиться 😉
Всегда в вами,
An episode form the Black Mirror coming true: what can be more exciting in the era of digitalisation? However, not everything looks so bright.
Already during the MoinBlockchain conference in Hamburg this year, I heard about different interconnected scoring systems, which may be implemented in European banks. People were thinking about connecting with Facebook, tracking the purchases..Nevertheless, how about a whole city? A country? What if your behaviour in the grocery store would affect your credit rating? What if your late work would positively affect your chances to rent a better flat? This experiment on the so-called “social credit” will take place in China:
(a short version with a video for non-native speakers)
(the whole version for native speakers)