Nowadays, careers rarely follow a linear path. People expect to change jobs and even industries throughout their lives. The traditional career ladder no longer applies. We look at how ‘making it’ is being redefined in Germany.
Career success in the USA: Five years ago, family man Guido Schmitz emigrated to New Jersey in the USA with his wife and daughter for his job. Professionally, things couldn’t be better, but the family still struggles with the idea of returning to their old homeland of Germany.
“I think people are so cool! Why can’t Germans be like that? Simply unconditionally warm, open, friendly. That gives you a completely different attitude towards life.”
“I’ve been to the US three times now. In total over a period of almost 3 months. During this time I was always on the move, trying to make contacts, observing, imagining living there. The USA is not a country for undecided people. Whoever hesitates or is scared loses. I’ve been to 149 cities, from the East Coast to the West Coast, with over 25 days in Texas in between, according to my Google timeline. People are often only friendly if they get money for it (locals). The rules in the US are not for Germans because we are too uptight. It is actually the case that the colleague in the video lives a classic stroke of luck of the American dream. That’s not the case for many others. The USA is a grand master in the topographical change of business locations. There is enough documentation for this. The odds of finding an employer that will make you satisfied to work for a full decade is hit and miss. Are you not performing, have you had a career break, is it hard to recover, social hammocks?”
“Just watched a report about American prisons, at least in part, then switched off… 🙁
How people, sometimes children, are treated there, violently. This is no longer a land of freedom. I never set foot there.”
Career success – that’s what many people think of when it comes to hard work and top performance. But some people make a career out of being lazy. But how can it be that laziness favors ascent?
How can it be that industrious people stagnate while the lazy climb up? Why is laziness a career accelerator and not the opposite?
In this video career consultant Martin Wehrle shows an important background: how career really works. Because those who make a career focus on a certain aspect. In this video you will find out what that is and how you can use it for your own advancement, promotion or salary increase.
Make a career, become a boss, rise to the top of a manager – the impression is often given that professional success takes precedence over everything else. But why do most people never have a career, never become managers?
What is preventing you from advancing to a boss or managerial position? Career consultant Martin Wehrle shows what causes most people to fail when making a career. The range of reasons extends from a conscious decision against a career to vague goals and a lack of vitamin B (relationship). At the same time, he gives tips on how to make a career and rise to the rank of manager.
“Performance is important and comes second. It doesn’t work without performance either. But the primary factor is whether or not the person or persons deciding whether you move up just likes you. If he doesn’t like you you don’t stand a chance.”
“The most important statement is the first! It is so crucial to know what I want and then I have to carry it through to the end. For me, family comes first, so I’m just becoming a simple but happy worker without overblown and unrealistic handouts.”
“I finished with the career topic. Better to earn less and be happy than ruin your life for a little more money. You always have to take one thing into account: With every higher step on the career ladder, the pressure also increases, life satisfaction decreases dramatically from an individual level, this loss of quality of life cannot be compensated for with money. My employer would appreciate it if I did my master’s certificate in order to replace my supervisor (retired) in about a year. But as soon as I have to fill in for him at his post, I would like to confess to the ‘Kennedy murder’ just to be relieved of the pressure, so why would I voluntarily pursue this post permanently?”
“I also decided to work as an engineer, but without a managerial position because my private life is also much more important to me. I still earn very well and never come home stressed. So I’m always in a good mood after work.”
Cordelia Röders-Arnold is Head of Menstruation. It’s also on her business card – if she writes it down. Because at Einhorn, a Berlin start-up that manufactures vegan, sustainable condoms and period products, everyone can call themselves whatever they want. As long as it conveys what he is doing.
Röders-Arnold takes care of everything to do with the menstrual cycle at Einhorn – she develops products, takes care of distribution, sales, social media. “The job title was originally just a gag,” she says. “But I am now convinced that it is precisely on this basis of amused interest that one arouses interest in sustainable alternatives and breaks with social taboos.”
LinkedIn study examines what success means to employees. Happiness and health are more important than career advancement.
Contrary to the classic definition that success is synonymous with an influential position in a company and a lot of money, professional success plays a rather subordinate role for German employees. This was the result of a representative study commissioned by LinkedIn, which examined how Germans define success for themselves today.
According to this, success has an individual meaning for 66 percent of those surveyed. Just under a quarter of those surveyed see professional milestones as a success. Financial aspects such as a salary increase (16 percent) or a six-figure salary (12 percent) are rated even less important. Being happy (72 percent) or healthy (71 percent) is seen as the greatest achievement. For most people, the job serves as a way to have more freedom later. 17 percent would like to retire by 2027 and be able to actively shape it.
According to a study, the human element in the job has a high priority for Germans. Nowhere else is corporate loyalty so great. But the Germans also see room for improvement at the employer.
Money and a career are important to Germans – but not nearly as important as family and friends. This is shown by an international study by Nielsen market research on the preferences and tendencies of the population in different countries. The study shows how Germans live, eat, work and get information.
Although the unemployment rate is lower than it has been for a long time, a secure job is the most important thing for German citizens. Good career opportunities, on the other hand, are far down the list of priorities.
A secure and permanent job is most important to Germans – even before nice colleagues and an attractive salary. This was the result of a survey on the quality of work in Germany commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Labor among around 5,000 employees.
Success at work does not fall from the sky. However, those looking for advancement must internalize a few principles in order to be able to take their professional destiny into their own hands. Here are the most important tips from motivational trainers, career coaches and HR professionals.
Shark Tank stars Barbara Corcoran and Robert Herjavec break down the best, and worst, times to ask for a promotion.