Das Schöne an Geschmacksvielfalt

Ich war letztens Spazieren. Es war eine schöne, wohlhabende Gegend. Die Architektur von modernen Gebäuden hat mich gepackt und fasziniert. Dort waren viele grüne Bäume, Büsche und Pflanzen. Als ich entlang des Flusses ging, habe ich mich im Paradies gefühlt. Trotz des Gefühl im Paradies zu sein, sah ich die Architektur von Gebäuden, die wirklich schön aussahen, aber musste zugleich feststellen, dass dies nicht wirklich meinen Stil widerspiegelte. An diesem Punkt erkannte ich das Schöne an der Geschmacksvielfalt und war glücklich.

Jeder hat seinen eigenen Stil und das ist gut so!

Früher sah ich alles viel einseitiger als heute. Wenn mir etwas ästhetisch gefallen oder nicht gefallen hat, dann stemple ich es als schön oder hässlich bzw. gut oder schlecht ab. Mittlerweile habe ich eine andere Ansicht. Ich habe verstanden wie schön es ist, dass jeder seinen eigenen Geschmack, seinen Stil oder seine Vorstellungen hat.

Es hat seine Vorteile! Zum einen ergibt sich dadurch eine Auswahl. Die Vielfältigkeit von Geschmäckern und Stilen macht auf der einen Seite die Welt viel bunter und auf der anderen generiert sie Ideen auf die man vielleicht gar nicht oder sogar nie gekommen wäre.

Zum zweiten lässt die eigene Abwägung zwischen gut und schlecht erkennen, was einem selbst wirklich gefällt und was nicht. Durch den Vergleich der Stile anderer Geschmäcker entwickelt sich sein Eigener, der nach subjektiven Empfinden als der Beste definiert wird. Dieses Erkennen des eigenen Geschmacks verleiht ein sehr befriedigendes Gefühl, denn man nimmt seinen eigenen Geschmack als den Besten von allen gegebenen Optionen war. Geil!

Sei es in Kunst, Sport, Kleidung, Filme, Musik oder Architektur, es gibt viele Kategorien indem ich dieses Phänomen beobachten konnte. Ein paar Beispiele:

Architektur: Seit neuestem bin auf den Stil “Loft” gestoßen. Beim Stil Loft geht es um alte Gebäude, oft mit roten Backsteinen errichtet, die lediglich mit modernen Bauteilen und stilvoller Dekoration renoviert werden. Dieser ist Stil ist einzigartig, hat etwas schrilles. Nach meinem Geschmack kann in so einem Stil eine coole Party gefeiert, ein Möbelgeschäft verbaut werden (wie es home24 gemacht hat) oder um es einfach als Kunst zu betrachten. In solch einem Stil eine Wohnung einrichten, niemals!
Trotzdem freue ich mich, dass es diesen Stil gibt und ich die Möglichkeit habe mich inspirieren zu lassen.

Kleidung: Ein sehr umstrittenes Thema ist Kleidung. Sei es eine zerrisse Jeans, Winterboots bei Frauen oder Lederjacke bei Männern. Jeder hat da seine eigenen Präferenzen. Hat der Stil aber etwas Besonderes an sich, zieht es einen gezwungen an. Ich erinnere mich als einst mein Arbeitskollege eine bleich-rote Hose angezogen. Eine rote Hose? Konnte ich mir nie vorstellen. Jedoch kombiniert mit einem dunkelblauen Hemd mit hellblauen Pünktchen, einem braun-beigen Gürtel und Business Schuhen, hat es tatsächlich sein positives Erscheinungsbild – zumindest bei meinem Kollegen. Das Gefühl, dass nicht jedes Kleidungsstück was einem gefällt auf sich selbst angezogen absurd ausschauen kann, kennt sicherlich jeder.
Auch wenn viele Stile nicht meinen Vorstellungen entsprechen, bin ich froh, dass es diese unterschiedlichen Varianten gibt. Denn ich weiß für mich, dass ich nach meinem Geschmack – evtl. inspiriert durch andere – den Besten auserwählt habe.

Zusammenfassend lässt sich sagen, dass Geschmacksvielfalt etwas Schönes ist und dazu noch einen Mehrwert für jeden Einzelnen von uns mitbringt. Entwickelt euren eigenen Geschmack, probiert aus und schafft Kreatives und für euch das Schönste und Beste, sodass andere Leute es bewundern können, um wiederum nach Ihrem eigenen Empfinden das Beste für sich zu schaffen.

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5 pieces of advice for graduates: How to make your career choice?

I remember after school or during my studies in university as I had the problem to find out “Who am I?” and “What do I want really become in life?”. A very philosophical question actually. Sometimes, I still ask myself the same questions, but I think it is a dilemma, which stays throughout the whole life. From my experience I came to the following five factors, which helped me to find out what I want to do in my professional live.

1. Look at your interests and hobbies to find your passion

You never start from the nothing. You already have been to school, you have developed your hobbies and interests. Look at those consciously. What makes you a lot of fun? What have you always dreamt of? What makes you feel comfortable? Make a list. Write down all the factors that you like about your hobby or interest. Usually, once you have all the factors in front of you, you will notice that some of them repeat. If repetition occurs your know this is your real passion, as you strive automatically in this direction.

2. Observe your skills and environment

Observe your skills in school, university, sports, events and in different areas. What are you good at? What is very easy for YOU to do but not for others? What do other people like you for? E.g. I noticed that I can plan and organise meetings quite effectively as well as finding valuable information. These skills are quite important to be a great consultant.

  • You can make people smile? Maybe, this characteristic can make you a good sales person or entertainer.
  • You can explain complex topics in a very easy way? Maybe, you are a good consultant or teacher.
  • You can remember a lot things at once? Maybe, you could be a good doctor or journalist.
  • You like to solve mathematical and logical problems? Maybe, you can become a great engineer or IT-Manager.

3. Talk to family, friends and experts

Ask you friends and family what they think about your skills, character and life attitude. In which professional area they can imagine you working? What can they not expect from you? By which kind of people are you surrounded? Do not forget to talk with experts in you field of interest. Especially, nowadays, internet offers many opportunities such as LinkedIN, XING or Facebook, where you can find and write to professionals already working in you field of interest. They could help you to explore the job from within.

4. Do the research

Obviously, you want to find out what to expect from the job you think about doing. You have to do the research about all aspects that are important for you. Apart from Google search engine, there are many helpful sites that provide you with valuable information. Consider that, nowadays, it became more difficult as there job listings that are completely non-understandable. As I founded out that a “Facility Manager” is just a simple person, who looks for the building – you have to be careful. Possible questions you will want to be answered:

  • What kinds of job are available on the market?
  • What are the job activities?
  • What are the salaries in this professional area?
  • What are the growth opportunities?
  • What is about stability?
  • What is about job prestige and image?
  • Will the job still have demand in the future?

5. Try out and stay curious

All in all, the most important thing is trying out things and staying curious. If you do not know what to do then go for any job. Do Job-jumping. Do one internship after another. Work and Travel. Gain experience. Write down what you liked what you did not like. Follow your dreams and stay curious by joining salsa classes, traveling to other countries and meet new people. In this way you will not waste time as you will be constantly progressing and automatically going into the direction where you feel comfortable.

Conclusion

Once you have done the observation, attained feedback and made the research you will realise that some attributes, skills and characteristics will repeat. Those repeatable characteristics are the ones you are probably good at and should try to concentrate on.

In my opinion, the most common mistake is to get stuck in the current state and do nothing, in sense of living your daily life without direction nor goals without thinking about tomorrow. You will loose time – most valuable attribute in life – which you will not get back. The sooner you will find your destiny in professional life the sooner you can just enjoy your job and job activities, which in turn will contribute to your personal happiness.

At the end of the day it is all about having a happy and fulfilled life!

Sustainability Analysis in Spain in the sector Mobility

Spain: Sustainable Mobility

In the course Business Ethics our assignments was to conduct research in the allocated country concerning private and public organisations dealing with sustainability in sectors: Food, Mobility, Housing, Energy. My focus was on the mobility sector in the country Spain.

1. General analysis

The research shows that Spain has many academic (e.g. universities) and scientific institutions (e.g. research centers) that establish projects to foster sustainability. For example, the BBVA Foundation and the José Manuel Entrecanales Foundation for Innovation and Sustainability focus on Corporate Social Responsibility. Both design, develop and finance research projects in areas such as Environment, Biomedicine and Health, Economy and Society and Basic Sciences and Technology with the goal to lead society towards a commitment to sustainability.
Another one is the Metropolitan Mobility Observatory (MMO), which conducts analysis and observes the general mobility trends by studying a set of key transport indicators grouped in: socioeconomic data, supply, demand, fundings and innovations in public transport. Surprisingly, there are not many product innovations.

Public deficit prevents investments

In many cases, the research indicates that those projects do not really show the progress and results of the projects and the question emerges why those projects are not implemented effectively.

A possible reason might be insufficient financial support from investors and government. As addressed in several articles and indicated in the OECD analysis, Spain was badly hit by the economics crisis in summer 2007. Sovereign risk is a huge problem for Spain that is expected to reach almost 100% of GDP in 2015. When the country does have a high sovereign risk the investors from other countries e.g. governments or companies from other countries fear that Spain will fail to pay off their loans. As result they hesitate to invest in Spain’s projects.

But this risk also includes that the Spanish government has to implement measures in order to lower the public debt. Usually, the government will lower its government’s public spending, which, finally, leads to decrease in investment in projects concerning sustainability. This action was taken on subsidies for renewable energy projects to help lowering its budget deficit and borrowings that reached 24€ billion at the end of 2011.

EU funded projects

In addition, there are many projects that are supported by the Spanish government and are funded by the European Union such as Transport Learning, TLN Mobility and Benefits. Those projects have especially the objective to create awareness and change habits among people to use public transport.

2. Examples

1. Investments in infrastructure: High Speed Train (AVE)
Spain government announced to increase its investment in infrastructures at 8,8% – in comparison, Europe’s average spending on infrastructure of GDP is 3.1.% – including public entities and State trading companies, which will represent an expenditure of 9.469 millions of Euros.

37% of the expenditures will be appointed to the high speed train (AVE). This government measure should result in the traveller’s time saving, an increase of the capacity of this type of transport. In particular, it should generate traffic and lead to an increase of the economic activity.

Spain is Europe’s first country in kilometres of high speed rail network, 2.200 km in total. It is 3rd in the world, after China and Japan. Those are the reasons for specialisation of many Spanish companies in railway technology, engineering and construction at an international lead. Many countries such as US, UK, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, China, India, Brazil have also shown interest in the Spanish technology. Most probably this is the strength and, simultaneously, the future for Spain to bring the economy forward and attract foreign investors.

ZEM2ALL movement
(*ZEM2ALL = Zero Emissions Mobility To All)
The project has been started in collaboration with the Malaga City Council, in the city Malaga, because of its experience of 5 years in managing smart cities. Zero Emissions Mobility To All is a movement to reduce pollution created by private transport such as cars and truck emission and help to design services for the city of tomorrow. That means that the project aim to make it easier for Malaga citizens and companies to access electric mobility.

The project is implemented in a partnership between several companies that contribute to achieve the goal of electric mobility, e.g. Endesa is in charge of the development of specific solutions related to quick charge infrastructure in V2G mode, energy storage and renewable energies integration. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries supplies the electric vehicle and integrates the quick charge infrastructure of the electric vehicle in this project. Telefónica I+D implements a data platform as meeting point between the project agents and develops applications of the electric vehicle user.

3. Conclusion

In conclusion, it can be said that Spain’s strength is the focus on development of the infrastructure and technological and on the engineering sector.
On the other hand, Spain’s weakness is its public deficit that discourages foreign investors to finance sustainability projects in Spain. This indicates the reason why so many projects are funded by the European Union. The Spanish government tries to do its best by mobilising local communities and invest in the right sectors such as infrastructure to generate economic growth.

Finally, implementing sustainability projects in Spain should be coordinated with the European Union, the Spanish government and various local communities.

4. References

L’expressions français

Pour commencer, j’ai trouvé sites intéressantes sur l’internet avec les expressions secourable. Comme dans les tests IELTS à la Bretagne ou TOEFL en Amérique au sujet de décrire une graphique ou présent sa opinion, j’ai cherché pour les phrases similaires et habituelles.

Indique le site suivant:

Sesam.cd
Francophonies – blogue pour l’apprentissage du FLES
Vocabulaire pour décrire une photographie

Erfahrungsbericht: Praktikum in London

Ein Praktikum in London zu absolvieren ist eine tolle Erfahrung. Du wirst abgesehen von der englischen Sprache noch so einiges mitnehmen können.
In Folgenden habe ich meine Erfahrungen während meines Aufenthalts in London zusammengefasst und meine persönliche Ratschläge als Vermerk hinzugefügt:

1. Was ist ein Praktikum in London?

Das Verständnis eines Praktikums in London ist nicht dasselbe wie in Deutschland: Ein Praktikum in London hat eher das Verständnis von einer unterbezahlten Arbeitskraft – also wie in Deutschland wirst du dich fragen? Ja, geht in die selbe Richtung aber:
In London herrscht ein Überangebot an günstigen Arbeitskräften, viele Leute kommen aus armen Ländern wie Bangladesch, Pakistan, unter denen auch Praktikanten, die genügend Geld angespart haben, um ein kostenloses Praktikum absolvieren zu können.
D.h. für DICH: Finanzielle Basis ist ein Muss und keine zu hohen Erwartung, dass du während deiner Arbeit entsprechend entlohnt wirst. Es hängt natürlich davon ab, welche Richtung du einschlagen möchtest und welche Qualifikationen du hast, wie z.B. absolvierte Praktika, Englisch Sprachniveau etc. Wenn du bereits dein Studienabschluss hast, dann kannst du deine Ansprüche und Erwartungen steigern, zumindest sodass es eine kleine Entlohnung gibt, wie z.B. in Form von Fahrtkostenerstattung, Mahlzeit.

Ratschlag: Suche in den Jobportalen (siehe: unten) direkt nach Nebenjobs, welche meistens mit “Assistant” vermerkt werden. Nebenjobs ermöglichen dir deine Erwartungen nach einer Entlohnung zu steigern, da du als volltätige Arbeitskraft mitarbeitest. Durch eine interne Absprache kannst du dir deine Arbeitstätigkeit als ein Praktikum auf deinem Zeugnis vermerken lassen (Internship Certificate). Ein Angebot über die Übernahme oder eine weitere Zusammenarbeit ist durchaus wahrscheinlich.

Begrifflichkeit (UK – DE):
Intern = günstige Arbeitskraft, die nicht entlohnt werden muss
Assistant = günstige Arbeitskraft, die nicht entlohnt werden muss aber sollte; Nebenjob, Anfänger Level (bei großen Firmen!)
Trainee = in DE: Ausbildung

2. Kosten und Preise

In London herrschen hohe Preise in Vergleich zu Deutschland. Dies betrifft die Miete, Lebensmittelpreise, Freizeitaktivitäten.
Miete: Die Durchschnittsmiete beträgt: 600 – 1000€ / pro Monat für ein ziemlich kleines Zimmer. Ich persönlich habe in einer Wohngesellschaft (WG) mit insgesamt 3 Zimmern gewohnt. Die Größe meines Zimmers betrug 15m2 (Quadratmeter).

Ratschlag: Wenn du jemanden kennst, der in London studiert und du die Möglichkeit hast bei demjenigen während deines Aufenthalts zu bleiben, dann wäre diese Variante viel günstiger. Alternativ solltest du nach einer Person suchen mit der du es dir vorstellen könntest das Apartment zu teilen (WG).
Ein s.g. “Studio” ( = 1-Zimmer Wohnung, in der die Küche mit ins Wohnzimmer integriert ist) kostet schon mal 900 Pounds (GBP). Schließlich kommt es auf deine Vorstellungen und Erwartungen an: Wenn deine Erwartungen nicht zu hoch sind, also es für dich in Ordnung ist in einer alten, weniger sauberen Wohnung zu leben, dann ist dies sicherlich die günstigere Variante.

3. Quellen

Sortiert nach Priorität (Praktika, Nebenjobs, Stellenanzeigen, Traineeship, Au-Pair Programm, andere):

http://www.gumtree.com/part-time-jobs/london http://www.e4s.co.uk/search/jobdescription/id/321627/css/p/act/p http://www.goabroad.com/intern-abroad/search/england/london/internships-abroad-1 http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/ http://www.londonup.com/about-us http://uk.easyroommate.com/south-east/london-flatshare

Praktikum:

Meine Agentur
https://www.facebook.com/PraktikuminLondon/info http://www.praktikum-in-london.de/index.php?id=28 http://www.studentsgoabroad.com/quicklinks/preise/auslandspraktikum.html

London Tube Map (digital format): http://www.tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documents/standard-tube-map.pdf

Sprachschule (Sehr empfehlenswert!):
http://www.stgeorges.co.uk/english-courses/business-english/intensive-course

Review: Fast & Furious 6

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Fast & Furious 6 Cover

As a big Fan of “Fast & Furious” series I had to watch the new part “Fast & Furious 6” in the cinema. Well, hmm… I am afraid, I do have to say I was disappointed.

In my opinion the movie is getting so popular because of it’s established name “Fast & Furious”, not really because of the quality of the movie itself.
Since the part 3 – in Tokio – no real improvement of the story is recognisable. It comes more the feeling of an forced continuation of the series as of the successful story development, unfortunately. The special effect nowadays are amazing, that is for sure. But as the effects become more and more common there is still the story remaining, the core which must convince the audience in order to be successful for a movie.

In the course of the movie a feeling coming along as if the scenes are jumping one to another quickly without a smooth overflow.
The story along the movie is too dry and do not really offers surprising moments as the producers aim to have. Besides, some stunts or better say “digital edited stunts” are way too exaggerated so that the movie becomes unrealistic.
Because of such a big team discussing plans and strategies the dialogs are getting artificial, thus, the movie start losing the naturalness.
At the final scene – it is the first time happening to me – I do not have really recognised the occurrence because of such the dark scenes.

It is up to you guys to draw to make your own decision, also if watching the movie or not. Probably once to convince himself personally.

But for me it was certain a sad fact that it was a waste of money: Not recommended!

Writing: Letter of Reference (English version)

“Letter of reference” or sometimes called “Reference Letter” can be important to impress people who are looking through your application for university, job vacancy or internship.

Anything what has to do with recruitment Letter of Reference is a help for you to present yourself from another’s person perspective and to stress your strengths.

As I was working as an IT-Assistant I had to write my personal Letter of Reference. I was thinking that it would be helpful for my university application to introduce a different view from a person I was working with, my Chief Executive Officer.

We discusse that I will create this Reference Letter by my own and my CEO will have a look on it afterwards to make any adjustments or changes according to his personal view.

By comparing different letters I summarise Information which should be included in a Reference Letter:

  1. How the person is relating to the person he/she refers to.
  2. Task accomplished/range
  3. Personal impression from the reference person regarding person’s attitude towards tasks and assignments
  4. Valued characteristic to note: interpersonal relationship, personality, etc.
  5. Conclusion, confirmation sentence of conviction about personal value

You will find my personal Letter of Reference can be used as a sample:
Letter of Reference Example

Further useful information you will find by following this Website Link:
http://jobsearch.about.com/od/referencesrecommendations/a/sampleref.htm