A new academic workforce is born in Germany, providing both students and companies with valuable opportunities
Students across Europe are stepping out of their universities and directly queuing up in the unemployment line. Limited prospects are made worse by the budding partnership between an economic crisis forcing companies to slim down and an over-saturation of well-educated young people searching the market for employment. Adding to the cocktail of depressing prospects is the question of experience. As people with years of experience lose their jobs, they begin competing with market newbies, further limiting the options for recent graduates that may not yet have had the opportunity to seek out formal employment. The catch-22 for this group of youths should teach today’s students a lesson from beyond the classroom – education, whether vocational or higher, is critical, but to get one of those limited and coveted entry-level jobs, experience is also part of the equation.
The trick for students today thus becomes getting a job when they are still a student – something not all companies are willing to do or all students willing to dedicate their already limited time to. For Marlon Litz-Rosenzweig, CEO of mylittlejob.de, a rather obvious solution to the issue was to link companies to students in a way more suited to the needs of both sides.
“Students are capable of more being than just a waiter or helping with a move. Companies are not using the potential of students, which is why our [mylittlejob.de] job is to integrate students into the economy,” Litz-Rosenzweig explained.
“Soon we want to promote the platform internationally in order to give European students and companies access to the academic workforce – a move we’re looking forward to”
With approximately 2,500 students now a part of the website’s academic workforce and about 20 new jobs uploaded daily, the portal has grown significantly since the idea for the service was first born in December 2010. Though the portal was launched a rather speedy five months later, it did not come without some hurdle jumping, particularly in the IT department. To help ensure that the process was as smooth as possible, Litz-Rosenzweig insisted on a very detailed briefing of what he expected from the platform and his vision for how it should be achieved.
“Every step of the way was marked on a white board, with numerous arrows all around, until the platform finally begin to work. Yet again, first thinking and then doing has proven to be the right way,” he said.
Perhaps an advantage of even more importance than the strategic approach to development is the uniqueness of the service. Where else can companies tap into a talented and flexible workforce that will give them a bang for their buck? And as for students, mylittlejob.de gives them the opportunity to work very close to what sometimes seems to be universally accepted as their favourite place in the world – their beds – at any time, day or night.
The flexibility offered by the platform combined with the high standards seems to be destined for even greater success in the future, and if Litz-Rosenzweig has his way, that is precisely what will happen once a few remaining kinks are ironed out.
And who could blame mylittlejob.de for showing some enthusiasm? Amidst a bleak economic outlook, their service and attitude may be just what Europe needs.