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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.

Kurs zur Erstellung einer Bewerbung  © DAAD/Jan Zappner
Kurs zur Erstellung einer Bewerbung . © DAAD/Jan Zappner

Vorbereitung auf den deutschen Arbeitsmarkt

Um einiges größer ist das Angebot an der Technischen Universität München. Während der „Career Week" können die künftigen Absolventen an fünf Tagen Job- und Praktikabörsen durchstöbern, an speziellen, auf bestimmte Branchen zugeschnittenen Bewerbungstrainings teilnehmen oder länderspezifische Vorträge besuchen. Auch Vorträge und persönliche Beratungsangebote, die ausländische Studierende auf die Besonderheiten des deutschen Arbeitsmarktes vorbereiten, gibt es.

Weniger pompös, dafür umso kreativer geht es an der Hochschule Lausitz zu. Beim sogenannten „Kamingespräch" diskutieren Studierende, Dozenten und Vertreter der Wirtschaft  regelmäßig vor Publikum über den besten Weg zum regelmäßigen Einkommen. Die FH Lausitz wurde sogar mit einem Preis für ihr Angebot ausgezeichnet.

Auch Magali will nun doch noch einmal für ein paar Stunden an ihre Hochschule zurückkehren und einen Profi auf ihren Lebenslauf blicken lassen. Vom Einkommen aus ihrem künftigen Job will sie sich als erstes eine eigene Wohnung leisten. „Dann bin ich endlich meinen nervigen Mitbewohner los", freut sie sich.

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