The call of the big, wide world
Even though her career path sounds a bit logical, Claudia Anderle never really wanted to go to the hotel. Having grown up in Paderborn, where she also graduated from the University of Paderborn with a master's degree in Tourism / Geography with Business Administration and Languages (French), she had been working as an apprentice at the airport.
But then the big, wide world lured: “I wanted to leave for longer after completing my studies. And since I had an aunt in Perth, Australia, my work and travel stay was only a formality. ”
Australia as a career skier
For Anderle, however, it was clear that she wanted to use her stay in Australia in a targeted manner to advance her career: "I was already 27 at the time, so I didn't want to just take a break, I wanted to work in Australia specifically," she says.
That is why she decided to pursue this goal from now on: “I always give what I have to give to achieve my goals. Perseverance, assertiveness and positive thinking have always helped me. ”
With stubbornness to success
But finding an adequate job was not as easy as I thought: “Since WorkundTravel people often only stay in one place for a short time, they have a reputation among employers as being somewhat inconsistent. It is therefore difficult to get a qualified job. ” So she got her first job as a receptionist only with determination and persuasiveness:
“I knew that I could only convince personally. So I walked to the hotel with my documents and wanted to speak to the manager. When I was told he had no time, I said 'well, then I'll wait'. In this way I was able to demonstrate that I am aiming for a longer-term career. ”
Rise after only 3 months
After three months, however, Anderle was looking for new challenges and applied as a receptionist for her current employer Adina in Perth, Australia. However, since she had been offered a supervisor job three days earlier, the signs had changed: "I then said that the receptionist was no longer enough for me".
Then Anderle was offered the job as a duty manager - this is the interface between the general manager and all operational departments. "I was responsible for complaints and reception and checked invoices and reservations," she summarizes her new area of responsibility.
Sponsorship for the visa
After six months, the hotel offered her sponsorship. This is a business visa that Anderle could have worked with in Australia in the longer term. but she declined: "I wanted to take a three-month break - and travel through Southeast Asia because of the geographical proximity and cultural diversity," she says. "If I had accepted that at the time, I might still be in Australia."
Although she was offered sponsorship again in her next job, a hotel in the small town of West Australian Broom, the laws were then tightened: "My hotel simply no longer met the conditions." It was clear to Anderle that she had to leave Australia.
Career planning with wanderlust
But maybe not forever - even if she is currently happy as general manager in Berlin: "I am proud that my hard work has paid off and I am glad that after many changes of location at home and abroad I now have a permanent position." Long-term career and family planning is what Claudia Anderle currently has priority.
"But once you've been abroad for a while, you always have travel fever in your heart," she says. And the memory of Australia is always present: “The climate with a western standard of living is unique. So if there is an opportunity… ”
Ideas against Skills shortage
However, the experience of working and traveling time still helps her today when it comes to practical leadership decisions such as recruiting new employees.
How exactly this works is explained in the second part of this article.
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