Getting started in WU’s in-house training program
WU offers a wide selection of practically relevant continuing educational opportunities, available to you throughout your time at WU. From the start of your employment you are entitled to take workshops offered in WU’s in-house training program. A new course catalog focusing on different topics is published every semester. We’d like to offer you a preview of the seminars and workshops we’ll be offering in the 2017/18 winter semester to help you get your bearings, and we would also like to make some recommendations to help you find the best workshops for your particular stage of employment.
Regardless of which workshops you select: Within the first three semesters after receiving your invitation to the WU Onboarding Program, you are entitled to attend two workshops from the target group-specific program free of charge. This means that in addition to the costs for trainers, materials, and catering, WU will also cover the standard deductible otherwise charged, which usually amounts to € 20 per workshop day. However, should you cancel your registration after expiration of the cancellation deadline (two weeks prior to the starting date of the workshop) or if you fail to attend, you will be charged this amount as a cancellation fee. Workshops taught in English have an English title and description, workshops with a German title are held in German.
At home at WU and in Austria: Learning German
WU sees itself as a bilingual university, which is why it is important that our employees can communicate with confidence in both German and English. Language skills can only improve with regular use, so we recommend actively working on your German skills on a regular basis. If you want to attend a German course, you have the opportunity of doing so at an external language school. Financial support is available upon application to the Personnel Development office. For further details on external language schools and the prerequisites for attending these courses, please see this PDF file. IF you already speak sufficient German, you are welcome to attend any workshops in WU’s in-house training program taught in German. During your WU onboarding period, you can also attend these workshops free of charge. (You can attend any two workshops of your choice from the target-group-specific program and one English language skills workshop are completely free of charge for one year after receipt of an invitation to the WU-Onboarding-Program.)
Recommendations for administrative staff members:
There are two skill areas we consider particularly important for all positions at WU: Communication (whether within your team, with supervisors, students, or colleagues in other units) and self-management (organizing your time and your work and meeting a variety of demands without becoming totally overwhelmed). If these topics are more or less new to you, one of the following workshops could be a good introduction:
Self-management: Zu guten Entscheidungen und höherer Motivation mit der Affektbilanz (in German)
Communication: E-Mails auf den Punkt gebracht (in German)
If you’re already familiar with the topics and are interested in finding out more about individual aspects of self-management and communication, maybe one of the workshops below is for you:
Self-management: Die Kunst des Arbeitens: Selbstführung im Spannungsfeld von Eigenverantwortung und Selbstausbeutung (in German)
Communication: Mediative Kompetenzen für den Service: Wie Sie auch konfliktäre Situationen souverän bewältigen (in German)
For more on these and further workshops available to you, please see the WU In-House Training website for detailed course descriptions and sign-up forms.
Recommendations especially for academic staff members:
If you are just starting your academic career, one of the following workshops being held in the upcoming semester may be of interest to you:
Interviewen in der qualitativen Sozialforschung (in German)
If you are already more advanced in your academic career, allow us to recommend one of the following workshops in the coming semester:
Furthermore we want to recommend Workshop that are interesting for both, advanced scientists and scientists at the beginning of their career:
Additional workshops that can help you get your academic career at WU off to the best possible start as well as detailed descriptions of the workshops recommended above can be found on the WU in-house training page.