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Career Service: Career coaching at the university

Is there nothing you desire more than trading those lectures and cafeteria food for a "real" job with a regular income? Then take advantage of the career services offered at your university! Their goal is to ensure that the good education their graduates receive also leads to a good job. The services range from personal advising sessions to large fairs which bring alumni and companies together.

by Fabian Köhler

Teacher is explaining her students something at the board © DAAD/Jan Zappner
Workshop for orientation after studies . © DAAD/Jan Zappner

It couldn't be that hard, thought Magali as she glanced over four pages she had crammed with every detail of her life. Her CV included experience that ranged from "supervisor of a toddler swimming group" at age 14 to "mulled-wine vendor" at the Christmas market during her last winter breaks. "I thought the more you put in, the better," she explains, grinning.

The French student from Le Havre studies Business Communication. Or to be exact, used to study it. The 25-year-old completed her degree two months ago and is now looking for a job. "The first time I noticed that something wasn't right with my CV was when my flatmate ran through the apartment with it, laughing hysterically," she recalls, somewhat embarrassed.

Consultation at a fair  © DAAD/Jan Zappner
Consultation at a fair . © DAAD/Jan Zappner

Advising sessions and job fairs - A wide range of services

She received help from the "Career Service" at her university. Most universities in Germany now offer such services to their students. The goal is to ensure that the good education their graduates receive also leads to a good job. The services range from personal advising sessions to large fairs which bring alumni and companies together.


"We offer everything that makes it easier for our students to enter the workforce," says Dr. Katja Zitzmann from the University of Applied Sciences in Jena. As a one-man career service, she advises students who are job hunting and reviews their application documents with a critical eye. Advice in English and French is also possible.

Course for writing an application © DAAD/Jan Zappner
Course for writing an application . © DAAD/Jan Zappner

Preparation for the German labour market

A wide range of offers has the Technische Universität München. During the "Career Week" the future graduates can look in a database for jobs and internships five days a week, take part in special interview trainings with a focus on certain industry fields or listen to presentations for specific countries. The university offers also presentations and personal consultings for international students to inform them about the distinctions of the German labour market.

Less pompous, but very creative offers is having the higher education institution Lausitz. At the so known „Kamingespräch" students, lecturers and representatives of the industry discussing about the best way for regularly income. The FH Lausitz has been awarded with a prize for this offer.

Also Magali wants to return for some hours to her higher education institution and let a professional have a look at her CV. From the first income of her future job she wants to rent an own flat. "Then finally, I could get rid of my annoying flatmate", she says happy.

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