When Cerner Corporation hired 500 new employees in Germany, they looked to Josh Lodoly for help. A B.A. in Business Administration and a minor in German Studies made him the perfect candidate to help with what Josh calls “anything and everything German-related.”
Josh’s work in the HR Service Center at Cerner puts him in regular contact with Cerner associates all over the world, including the ones in Germany.
“Studying German has prepared me incredibly well for my current job, since I handle German translations daily,” Josh said. “The business German courses (Deutsch für den Beruf and The German Business Environment) with Mr. Morrison have been the most helpful for my current role. I became familiar with business etiquette, proper email format, and was exposed to vocabulary used in a business environment.”
A high school teacher with a passion for German ignited Josh’s own interest in the language, and he was eager to continue learning as an undergrad.
“As I entered college, I wanted to continue learning the language, as well as its culture and history,” he said. “Germany itself has such a vast history and yet, I knew very little about it. What better way to learn than by learning the language? German always stood out to me as a unique, yet useful language.”
Josh’s studies took him to Eutin, Germany, for a summer internship at the Sparkasse-Holstein bank, and even introduced him to new rappers, artists and films that he now counts among his favorites.
“I've greatly benefitted from learning German via music, film, text, and oral dialogue,” he said. “Each instructor offered new ways of learning German. If I could go back, I would complete my German major instead of just the minor.”