I have a ton of family in Denmark and scattered around the rest of Scandinavia. I had been looking for an excuse to visit them for quite some time when my Aunt informed me about a variety of summer programs that the Business Department at Aarhus University would be offering. Aarhus University (AU) is Denmark’s second oldest university and the largest, with over 40,000 enrolled students. In most prestigious ranking lists, of the world´s best universities, Aarhus University is placed in the top 100.
Once I was accepted into AU’s intensive Staffing and Personnel Selection Program, and the University at Albany accepted my transfer credit request, I was off to Denmark. I made a quick pit stop in Iceland first, which was stunning, I encourage everyone to take a trip to this alien landscape at least once (I know I will be going back again someday). I arrived in Denmark early one morning in mid-June, and as I got off the plane, I immediately froze: literally! The first thing I did was go out a buy some good jackets, this would be the coldest summer of my life and one of Denmark’s coldest in recent history. Luckily, Aarhus University was less than a 10-minute bike ride from my aunt’s home, where I was staying.
In Denmark, most classes are taught in English at the collegiate level, especially business courses. So fortunately, I did not have to learn Danish (which I believe is impossible, and definitely more difficult then Japanese, and that’s coming from a girl who grew up in with a Danish-speaking father). I would also like to congratulate Denmark on having the best English-speaking skills of any European country that I have encountered, thank you for making my life so delightfully simple.
During my time at Aarhus University, I learned everything there is to know about staffing and personnel selection. This intensive summer program taught me how to put together a successful team of employees through the use of best practices in staffing and personnel selection. It familiarized me with all of the major stages of the selection process, including job specifications, recruitment, first screening, behaviorally-based candidate assessment, and decision making. The course emphasized reliable and valid tools for assessing candidates, as grounded in decades of research in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. I walked away with an excellent understanding of the utility of staffing methods and the relation of staffing and terminations to long-term human capital development and HRM in general. This program fulfilled its promise and definitely prepared me for a managerial role or a career in human resource management. I gained a great deal of useful knowledge and it was so interesting to be introduced to so many different cross-culture perspectives on the subject, being that it was and international summer program with students from all over the world.
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Overall, my summer in Denmark was a great success. I received an excellent education in a culturally rich environment. It was fantastic to reconnect with so many family members that I hadn’t been able to see in years. Moreover, I was quite proud to have pioneered my own little study abroad program that allowed to visit relatives and experience the wonders of northern Europe.