How people and companies in Jena live interculturality
Every year, the i-work Business Award recognises companies in Jena that are exemplary in promoting intercultural openness in the business environment. The many practical examples from the i-work competition present the companies where integration succeeds in everyday working life and show how people at the workplace and beyond are committed to the cooperation of cultures. Would you like to learn more about how arriving in Jena and in your new job can be a success? Our blog series presents many interesting examples.
Meet Abel Gebreysus, Dmytro Stepasiuk und Rafal Zbonik
“My name is Abel Gebreysus and I work as a machining technician at QSIL Metals. I come from Eritrea and came to Hermsdorf for my training and work. What I particularly like about my work is that I have nice, friendly colleagues and my work always offers me new challenges and interesting tasks.
In the beginning, my colleagues had little experience with foreigners in the workplace. Over time, however, they became more confident in interacting with me and my German also improved. QSIL also supported me well here: with additional tuition in the foreign language during my training. My tips for settling in as quickly as possible in Hermsdorf are therefore to learn the language and socialise with the locals, for example by joining clubs.”
“My name is Dmytro Stepasiuk and I come from the Ukraine. I work as a technician at QSIL in Hermsdorf. I came to Germany because of my aunt, as her brother-in-law helped me to find a job here. I had two big challenges when I arrived here: It was very difficult for me to learn the German language and to find a flat. However, I have settled in well and like the flexible working hours, my varied tasks and the good working atmosphere. My company helped me integrate and my boss was always very understanding when I had problems with the language.”
“I’m Rafal Zbonik from Poland. I work as a production manager at QSIL and my company gave me a lot of support when I arrived here. Especially when it comes to written or formal matters and my German isn’t good enough yet. I really like the fact that everything is better organised here, working standards are higher and employees are treated and paid better than in my home country. I don’t believe in stereotypes. Everyone is different and there shouldn’t be any stereotypes.”
QSIL Metals Hermsdorf GmbH: About Us
Founded in 1961, we are one of the few leading international specialists in refractory metals. In the medical sector, for example, our customised parts with tolerances in the μ range ensure sharp imaging during X-rays or targeted irradiation of diseased tissue. In the aerospace industry, we shield sensitive probes from dangerous space radiation or support the glass melting industry and furnace construction with our temperature-resistant components.Visit QSIL Metals
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