Global Career Lab: Jumpstart your Future with German

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Course Information

GRMN 3821: Global Career Lab (auf Deutsch)
Wednesdays, 4:30 pm
Faculty: Dr. Jenny Strakovsky
1 credit, Fall 2019
Taught in German

Prerequisite: GRMN 2002 or equivalent

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This course is unique at Georgia Tech and nationwide. Global Career Lab is part career course, part advanced German culture course, and all about breaking down boundaries. Using design thinking approaches, we cover the tools and best practices of effective long-term career planning. We also explore the German-speaking professional and scientific world of Atlanta, from research to business and education.

Bringing it all together, students learn how language works with technical education to enable an exciting global career – no matter your major. Learn how to leverage your German in a variety of contexts, hone your professional vocabulary, develop essential humanities and power skills, and prepare for job and internship applications.

In this course, you will: 

  • Meet German-speaking experts in a variety of fields.
  • Join Atlanta’s German-speaking professional community.
  • Build highly marketable intercultural competence and communication skills.
  • Use design thinking to plan your career and create job search materials.
  • Set yourself apart in the global marketplace.

We are grateful for the support of the Halle Foundation.

In 2018, this course was offered as a three-day boot camp called Global Career Intensive. More information about the 2018 iteration of this program is available.

Upcoming Events

Featured Speaker - Dr. Erika Burk, Vice President, Human Resources for Porsche Cars North America, Inc.
November 6th, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Bill Moore Student Success Center

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Dr. Erika Burk is Vice President, Human Resources for Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), headquartered in Atlanta. PCNA is the importer of Porsche sports cars, the Macan and Cayenne sport utility vehicles and the Panamera sports sedan, for the United States.

As Vice President, Human Resources, Burk is responsible for human resources for all Porsche corporate entities in North America including overseeing the implementation of the human resources operating plan, compensation and benefits, talent acquisition as well as management and development.

Prior to joining Porsche, Burk was Senior Director, Human Resources for WACKER Chemical LLC, where she was the first employee of the $2.5 billion start-up chemical plant.

Burk beginning her career as an employment specialist with Mercedes-Benz, U.S. International Inc., in Vance, Alabama and later relocated to Stuttgart, Germany to continue her career with Daimler-Chrysler AG as Senior Manager, Human Resources. Burk has also worked in the high-tech industry with Agilent Technologies as a Business Human Resources Manager responsible for all global strategic HR issues.

Burk received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and German language from the University of Denver, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen Switzerland.