Invisible culture is something rather hard to describe. It’s the specific culture of a country, only invisible! Every country or culture in the world has their own specific set of ‘cultural rules’, you can think of certain ways of acting during a conversation, certain customs during dinner and so on. We’re going to tell you some basics about the invisible culture of Austria.
Work and study
There are some things to keep in mind if you’re planning to work or study in Austria. One of the more general aspects to keep in mind is that the Austrian culture is very individualistic. During a normal working or school day people are used to work on their own specific task. This is considered very normal in Austria. When you are used to do everything as a team, this can be a something you have to get used to. Don’t be afraid that people avoid you, or don’t want to work with you, this feeling is probably caused by the individualistic culture of Austria.
Life in Austria
Hierarchy is also something to consider. Managers and teachers tend to blend into the working crowd or the classroom. There is no huge hierarchy in Austria. It’s also common to call the teacher or manager by their first name. Being direct is also considered normal in Austria. Don’t be afraid to say what you think, there is no need to stay super polite at all cost. Sometimes conflict is inevitable, but this is considered normal. There is one thing that is rather odd when compared to the low hierarchy in Austria, this is the fact that you have to use a title when someone has one. For example, if you meet a doctor, you have to call them doctor Smith, or when you meet a general from the army, you have to call the person general Smith, and so on. People can be really offended when you forget to mention the title.
Competition in Austria
Austrian people are very competitive regarding study and work. Some students who study in Austria have a feeling that they have to perform excellent to blend in to the Austrian society. Also, don’t forget to be on time at all cost! Punctuality is very important for Austrian people, so coming in late is considered very rude! It’s best to just arrive just in time or a few minutes too early. Arriving way too early is also not good, so always make a tight schedule.
If you live in Europe or America, getting used to the Austrian culture isn’t something considered very hard. If you live in Asia, South-America or Africa, it can be a bigger culture shock. But, as long as you keep an open mind, you’ll get there for sure.