COURAGE – PLAY – EMPATHY

THESE ARE MY GUIDING PRINCIPLES. I AM AN AVID LEARNER AND DEEPLY INTERESTED IN FURTHERING HUMAN DEVELOPMENT. I LOVE MONSTERS AND HOW THEY HELP US GROW.

 

Hi, I’m Ulrike Schneeberg – business trainer and career coach with special expertise in career transitions from academia to industry, the public sector, NGOs and self-employment in Germany. I’m here to help you find a fulfilling career perspective – inside or outside academia – with joy, curiosity and an increasing sense of self-efficacy.

Travelling between professional worlds is always a rewarding enterprise, no matter how big the obstacles may seem at the beginning. 

With my work, I hope to contribute to a greater sense of entrepreneurial spirit in the job-seeking community, regardless of the aspired profession. I use “entrepreneurial” in its most literal meaning as “undertaking”, “beginning”, “initiating” and “tackling”, paired with curiosity and the courage to try things out despite the possibility of failure.

Many of my coaching clients and workshop participants are PhD candidates and postdocs with a humanities or science background. Some of them are international graduates and postgraduates who want to build or continue their careers in Germany. Others are employees in larger organisations. And others still are out of a job and actively looking for a new approach.

I support research institutions and universities as trainer and facilitator of workshops and seminars on professional orientation strategies, interview and application training, and on self-care in high performance environments.

In addition, I offer one-on-one coaching where clients can work in depth on their individual career strategies and solutions.

Have a look at my career summary for more details on my experience and credentials. [PDF Career Summary].

WHAT I BELIEVE

I believe in the possibility of a fulfilled life. For most of us, that includes work and our working identity. I also believe that living a fulfilled life requires meeting and getting to know our monsters: anxiety, worry, lethargy, envy, sorrow, regret. Whatever your particular monster may be at any given point in the course of your working life, it has something to teach you about how to be free and connected with the world around you.

It all starts with taking ownership of your life. Shift from a mind that is set on auto-pilot to a mind that embraces courage, play and empathy. Be active. Live fully.

Here’s an example of what I mean with “courage, play and empathy”:

You don’t see it, but this picture is all about “courage, play and empathy.” Here I am with about 90 workshop participants at the Careersteps Event, a joint career and networking fair organised by the Max Planck Society and the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. This was in 2018. I was still inexperienced as a trainer and as such pretty nervous about the prospect of running a workshop with participants with such academic acumen. Nevertheless, I had eagerly accepted the opportunity to facilitate two short workshops. After all, the number of places was limited to 12. What could go wrong?

Well. A week before the event, I received a phone call by one of the organisers: “I’m terribly sorry, something went wrong with the booking software. We have now 96 registrations for one of your workshops, and 64 for the other one. Can you accomodate this many people in your workshop?”

I said yes – despite my fear of speaking in front of so many people, my fear of coming across as incompetent, and my fear of failing to create a workshop that would meet my standards.

I needed empathy to connect with the people in my workshop and with myself. I was playful by trying out a persona that was completely unfamiliar to me = a facilitator of large groups. I also included playful elements in the workshops: even though on this photo, the participants all look very serious, there was actually quite a bit of laughter. And, perhaps most importantly, I showed up despite my urge to go into hiding.

So, I know how daunting it can be to do something that is very much outside our comfort zone. Sometimes, it might be smarter to start with something that feels a little bit more familiar, a little less scary – but something nonetheless that requires your genuine effort.

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