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ICCO Dijon – Intercultural Career Opportunities Seminar

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On Friday April 29 our colleagues in Dijon (University of Burgundy) organised a career event focusing on intercultural career opportunities. The keynote lectures and panel discussion were broadcasted to us in Helsinki so that we could also follow the event and ask questions. Afterwards, there were also workshops, but, they were unfortunately only for those in Dijon.

The five panelists were:

Bernard Fernandez, General manager of EKTA Asia Management and Professor of Cross-Cultural Management & Organizational Behavior at Dauphine University, Paris

Jeanine Karabi, Talent Strategy & Leadership Development Consultant – Certified Executive Coach, Opale Consulting Founder

Susan Salzbrenner, founder of Fit across Cultures, Co-author of Status Report on Intercultural Professions, 2014

George Simons, SIETAR France, creator of the award-winning diversophy®game series for developing intercultural competence

Angela Weinberger, Global People Transitions

The event kicked off with Susan Salzbrenner’s keynote lecture on the state of intercultural professions. The results of the Status Report on Intercultural Professions (2014) report she co-authored offered an interesting insight into what people in this field are doing.

The keynote lecture was followed by a panel discussion with the five panelists. The themes ranged from career development and opportunities to networking, the importance of which all five panelists underlined. Other things that came up during the panel were the importance of personal branding and specialization, language skills and most importantly: believing in yourself and what you’re doing.

For more information on the event, check ICCO Dijon’s website.


Place of Traineeship: Metsälän Vastaanottokeskus

ICE Student: Helmi Halonen

Place of Traineeship: Metsälän vastaanottokeskus (Metsälä reception centre for asylum seekers)

“Work description: To be specified; will include at least the basic office work of the reception centre, helping with the launching of a new family work programme, and assisting the inhabitants in dealings with Finnish authorities.

Personal goals: As the place that provides asylum seekers with housing and counselling, the reception centre is an excellent vantage point to the day to day reality of humanitarian migration. I expect to learn about the workings of the Finnish asylum process as well as about the experiences of refugees themselves. The internship thus provides a very practical perspective on some of the themes discussed during the ICE studies – migration, refugees, minority policies, and interculturality – and will hopefully deepen my understanding of humanitarian migration as a whole.”