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04.03.2014
Shaping cross-border career paths
Interview with South Baltic web lecturer Catalina Brindusoiu

The project "South Baltic Professionals" is running a series of webinars designed to raise interest in the cross-border labour mobility practice.
The lecturer Catalina Brindusoiu will be guiding students and labour market professionals through a series of exciting interactive sessions providing insights into qualification, living and working cultures around the southern part of the Baltic Sea.

Catalina is lecturer at Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania, teaching "Business Communication", "Human Resources Management" and "Business Administration". She is also supporting students in writing graduation thesis and developing working experience. She is author of the book "Recruitment and Selection. Strategies for Performance in Service Organizations" and contributed to the establishment of the teaching module for graduate and undergraduate students on "Intercultural Interferences" offered by Bucharest University of Economic Studies. The latter is part of the more comprehensive online course STITCH ("Sustainable and Nature-based Tourism IT Course and Handbook") developed as a result of a European project coordinated by Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universität Greifswald, Germany.

How are you connected with SB Professionals? How did you come to run the webinars for this project?

CB: I believe that my dedication to intercultural communication and good knowledge of innovative teaching methods have paved the way towards SB Professionals. I was invited by prof. dr. Ausrine Armaitiene, Head of Recreation and Tourism Department from Klaipeda University to run the webinars following successful joint efforts within the STITCH project (http://stitch.rapidrabbit.de). I answered eagerly "yes" since my main interests are communication and human resources, two of the important topics of SB Professionals project.

Have you ever been working with webinars so far? Would you consider them to be a valuable tool for education and advanced training?

CB: I have previously held web-based seminars on the Moodle platform, using various tools that provide asynchronous and synchronous communication (video presentation, chat, e-mail, forum, quizzes) and I consider them extremely valuable for education, and especially for advanced training, as they allow participants to learn at their own pace and in the comfort of their own places.

In the light of increasingly interconnected markets, webinars are particularly useful for connecting people that live in different cultural areas and giving them the opportunity to gain new insights and perceptions about this big "small world", at a relatively small cost.

What advantages / disadvantages do you see for webinars (also in relation to the future opportunities for the university education)? Would you like to use them in the future?

CB: I noticed that webinars allow greater flexibility, which is important for the participants that are already employed. Also, webinars give more structure to the educational process and they make it more transparent as everything related to a particular course can be found in one place and is organized in a calendar with deadlines. Moreover, the trainer has the possibility to involve all of the participants into every discussion, including those that are shy, by asking, for example, a question on the forum.

Speaking strictly of live sessions, I would say they represent an important additional tool to online education that can make online teaching more personal and tighten relationships between students. Certain technical constraints pose difficulties which I hope will be overcome in the near future, given the current pace of innovation.

What outcomes from the webinars have you observed so far?

CB: Webinars can be as valuable as any other educational practice also in terms of certification. I was involved in a webinar lasting six months as part of a two-year programme of 20 courses, which was eventually finalized with a master diploma.

Any further comments or ideas you want to share...

CB: We are confident that the webinars of the SB Professionals project will help participants reach a deeper understanding of the qualification, living and working possibilities of the South Baltic area, as well as develop their ability to communicate effectively with their neighbours, and eventually shape a cross-border career path. Embarking on a labour mobility culture, businesses and labour market agents can gain a lot of benefits, keeping the South Baltic professionals in the area.

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Catalina Brindusoiu is a member of the South Baltic SMART Alliance.


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