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Alexine Zapf
Alexine Zapf
Respect Coach, Kolping Akademie
MA Intercultural Communication
Alexine now works at the Kolping Akademie for the Youth Migration Services.

Please summarise your overall career since graduation, but in particular, what was your first relevant role to the area in which you work now and how did you secure that position?

I am working at the Kolping Akademie for the Youth Migration Services as a Respect Coach, which means that I am responsible for the prevention of radicalisation in schools. I am therefore planning and organising workshops and projects with external educational institutions and I'll also have the opportunity to develop and carry out my own projects and workshops.

How has your qualification helped you in your career?

The courses of Intercultural Communication in theory and practice help a great deal, as they are directly related to my role and it helps me with the needs assessments of the schools and the creation of training material.

What is an average day like for you in your current role?

As I only started recently, I am still in the training phase, but I will be working a lot in the schools, talk to the teachers and the social padagogues in order to learn about the needs of the pupils. My functions are primary prevention and political education in schools. For that I have to find external educational institutions who offer workshops in that area (eg. Tolerance workshop) and I have to negotiate a date and time that suits all parties. Consultation hours for individuals will be part of my role as well.

What were your previous academic qualifications?

European Studies B.A., Intercultural Communication M.A.

What were your career aspirations when you were younger?

To work in a field where I am in contact with people from diverse cultures

Why did you choose Sheffield? / What sets Sheffield apart from other Universities?

I chose Sheffield, as the course was one of the few that had practical parts and projects and that was an important aspect for me.

What did you most enjoy about your time at Sheffield?

The diversity of people studying here. I lived in a flat with people from seven different countries and the students from my course came from all around the world as well. You learn a lot about different cultures and countries. I also enjoyed the many possibilites of activities and societies the university offers.

Why would you recommend the University of Sheffield as a good place to study?

The courses are very interesting and the support is very well. Teachers, lecturers and professors really care about their students and try to help them as much as possible.

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