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 Renato Palavecino here
Renato comes from Argentina and works in Jena at IAD GmbH as an IT trainer and consultant. He has previously worked as a freelancer at IAD GmbH. In the interview, Renato tells us about his experiences in Jena and the support his employer offers regarding the challenges that working life in Germany entails.
Dear Renato, where are you from and what brought you to Jena?
I come from Argentina, more precisely from the state of Jujuy. I came to Jena for my studies and for my personal development.
What do you like most about your company and your work?
I particularly appreciate the opportunities for personal development that IAD GmbH offers me. I also really like the working atmosphere.
What challenges did you face when arriving in Jena and/or onboarding at the company? How were you able to overcome these challenges?
In the meantime, I have been living in Germany for more than eleven years. Fortunately, I didn’t have any major difficulties upon arrival. I also got through the initial training at IAD GmbH well, as I had already worked for the company as a freelancer for six months before I was hired.
What has your company been particularly good at supporting you with?
The support was great for me personally! I had enough preparation time and the freedom I needed to freely shape the content of my work.
What are the biggest differences in your daily work and life between your home and Jena?
As a father, I have to say that work flexibility is the biggest factor. I would not have had felxibility to the same extent in my home country.
What is typically German / typically Jena for you?
For me, punctuality and reliability are typically German.
Thank you very much for the interview and all the best on your way!
IAD GmbH: About us
At IAD GmbH, we have been training and developing people for digital work since 1983 – today at five locations in Erfurt, Jena, Leipzig, Marburg and Nordhausen. Our focus is on IT and commercial professions.
Many of our participants come from abroad and find their way to a local employer via retraining, further education or job coaching. Our classes today include participants from numerous regions of origin, e.g. Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, etc. At the same time, it is important to us to promote good experiences in hiring migrants and to reduce concerns through our networking with companies, because we are convinced that all sides benefit from openness to greater diversity.Visit company website
We will advise you individually on arriving and settling in Jena, show you where to start on your career path and find further contacts for you together with our cooperation partners. We look forward to hearing from you!