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Laura Oltean

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Laura is from Bra?ov in Transylvania, Romania and has been in Austria for seven years. She finished her studies in Vienna in 2011, graduating with a Ph.D. in Wood Science and Technology. She's been in Villach since the spring and is looking for work in this discipline.

Following a recommendation from a Romanian friend, Laura joined the Carinthian International Club in June this year. She's enjoyed reading about information on its website in both German and English, and enrolled on a German course at Klagenfurt University as a result. She's also gone along to coffee mornings and get togethers to meet people and swap ideas with them. One thing to come out from this has been German conversation classes: Laura and some other women decided they wanted to fix a time and place to talk German. The venture was immediately successful and now they meet at 2 o'clock on Wednesdays at 'The Wok' - the Chinese restaurant in Moritschstraße. This is a great initiative - many of us immigrants find German difficult and benefit from regular motivation, and improving our language skills is of course vital for finding work. Laura is highly motivated, has passed an "Österreichisches Sprachdiplom" exam and is still studying hard.

Although Villach can't compete with the bright lights of Vienna, Laura likes it very much. She visited a few times before she came to live here, but has been surprised at how much it offers both with regard to leisure activities and cultural events. She's found local people to be friendly too. Above all, she loves the scenery and mountains and is interested in climbing, hiking and skiing. Other interests are classical, rock and folk music. When asked about what advice she would give to friends about moving abroad, Laura says it should be viewed as a big decision which affects the individual in different (and sometimes surprising) ways. It isn't easy to become competent in a foreign language, and the whole process demands both patience and open-mindedness, but is nevertheless rewarding. Laura says she'd definitely recommend the CIC to other new arrivals and I'm glad it's helped this outgoing young woman to settle here so quickly. 

interviewed by Liz Finney

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Laura Oltean

Laura is from Bra?ov in Transylvania, Romania and has been in Austria for seven years. She finished her studies in Vienna in 2011, graduating with a Ph.D. in Wood Science and Technology. She's been in Villach since the spring and is looking for work in this discipline.

Following a recommendation from a Romanian friend, Laura joined the Carinthian International Club in June this year. She's enjoyed reading about information on its website in both German and English, and enrolled on a German course at Klagenfurt University as a result. She's also gone along to coffee mornings and get togethers to meet people and swap ideas with them. One thing to come out from this has been German conversation classes: Laura and some other women decided they wanted to fix a time and place to talk German. The venture was immediately successful and now they meet at 2 o'clock on Wednesdays at 'The Wok' - the Chinese restaurant in Moritschstraße. This is a great initiative - many of us immigrants find German difficult and benefit from regular motivation, and improving our language skills is of course vital for finding work. Laura is highly motivated, has passed an "Österreichisches Sprachdiplom" exam and is still studying hard.

Although Villach can't compete with the bright lights of Vienna, Laura likes it very much. She visited a few times before she came to live here, but has been surprised at how much it offers both with regard to leisure activities and cultural events. She's found local people to be friendly too. Above all, she loves the scenery and mountains and is interested in climbing, hiking and skiing. Other interests are classical, rock and folk music. When asked about what advice she would give to friends about moving abroad, Laura says it should be viewed as a big decision which affects the individual in different (and sometimes surprising) ways. It isn't easy to become competent in a foreign language, and the whole process demands both patience and open-mindedness, but is nevertheless rewarding. Laura says she'd definitely recommend the CIC to other new arrivals and I'm glad it's helped this outgoing young woman to settle here so quickly.