Do you want to trade in lecture halls and cafeteria food for a job with a regular income? Take advantage of the career services offerings at your college university. After all your excellent education should help you get a good job. Career services offer everything from personal advice sessions to help preparing your application to job fairs.
It can’t be all that difficult, thought Magali, as she filled four narrowly spaced pages describing her life. Her resumé covered everything from ‘minding groups of small children at the pool’ when she was fourteen to selling mulled wine at a Christmas market. ‘The more the better, I thought’, says Magali with a grin.
The 25-year-old from France is studying International Business Communication. More accurately, she was studying it. Two months ago, she completed her degree and is now looking for a job. ‘The first time I noticed there was something wrong with my resumé was when my flatmate ran through our flat with it laughing’, she says, an embarrassed look on her face.
Magali found help at her university’s career services office. Almost all colleges and universities in Germany now have them, and one of their functions is to connect compatible alumni and companies. ’We offer everything that can make it easier for students to start their careers’, says Katja Zimmermann at the Jena University of Applied Sciences. During her office hours, she helps students look for jobs and cast a critical eye over their applications. She also offers consultations in English and French.
Munich’s Technical University is another institution that offers students valuable help. During the university’s future graduates can attend job application workshops, participate in online speed dating with companies and talk to experienced university Alumni in ‘career lounges’.