The WAGBA Graduate Exchange Program
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Calling for recent graduates!
The West Australian-German Business Association (WAGBA) is proud to announce our partnership with the University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Scholarships for Australian- German Student Exchange (SAGSE) on the launching of a new Graduate Exchange Program in March 2022. The program aims to offer a pathway for university students in Western Australia and Germany looking to gain industry experience within the international business scene as they complete, or are nearing the end of their studies. Through this program candidates will be able to create meaningful ties with businesses and mentors within the industry whilst developing their careers.
To ensure a successful application into this program, candidates should aim to have completed at least two years of German language studies at a tertiary level and possess skills that include excellent verbal and written communication, a good understanding in Australian and German history and culture, and the ability to adapt to new and changing environments easily. “Although Germans are generally able to speak least two if not three languages fluently, and although international business as well as research and development lean heavily towards using English as a lingua franca, a good working knowledge of German will make all the difference when it comes to forging deep and lasting personal and professional relations in this context”, Professor Alexandra Ludewig from The University of Western Australia cautions.
The selection process will involve the assessment of the candidates’ written application, followed by a round of interviews conducted by a selection panel consisting of nominated representatives from the three joint partners of the program (i.e. WAGBA, UWA, SAGSE).
Successful candidates will be awarded with a scholarship that covers their travel expenses, accommodation, and a stipend for the nominated time of the scholarship (3 to 6 months). Throughout this time, candidates will be assigned to support organisations in Western Australia or in Germany and can expect to receive a structured and accredited on-the-job training for at least two months– meaning that for a six-month assignment, work experience could be potentially gained at two to three organisations. The graduates will be involved in practical work-based projects allowing them to develop cross- functional knowledge that corresponds with their degree specialisation. The West Australian-German Business Association is excited by the opportunities this program could offer to the scholarship recipients and the hosting and supporting organisations in the coming years. “The program creates mutual beneficial opportunities for graduates and for the supporting companies.
It joins talent with business or industry in an increasingly tight labour market”, WAGBA President, Stephan Kirsch, comments. By promoting the intercultural development of graduates through exposure to international work environments, the benefits to each party and to West Australian and German business relations are sure to be immense.