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Career Guidance, Internships, and Transitioning into Employment

Career Guidance and Internships

Orientation and support for internships and starting your career

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The sooner you know what type of job you want to pursue, the easier it will be for you to find a profession that suits you. Once you have an initial idea of the field of work you would like to enter after graduation, it is important that you get a taste of this line of work early on at university. You can gain valuable experience by completing an internship or project work, or by taking on a part-time job.

What kind of everyday working environment do you envisage? Do you see yourself working as a generalist or as a specialist? And what type of company would suit you and the objectives you want to pursue?

Having gained initial experience, you will be able to obtain suitable additional qualifications at a later stage of your degree programme, gain practical experience, opt for areas of specialisation, and network with stakeholders in your chosen field. These preparatory steps will make your transition into employment considerably easier. This is particularly the case with degree programmes that do not prepare students for a specific profession. It is especially important that students on such degree programmes seek career advice early.


Support during your studies

The Career Service provided by ZQS/Key Competencies is the central port of call for students seeking career guidance and advice. The Career Service also helps students search for jobs and write job applications, as well as providing opportunities for networking with potential employers. We support students of all disciplines by providing career guidance and by helping them plan an internship and with their transition into employment.

Internships and practical experience

Practical experience is just as much a part of university life as your library card. In most cases, theoretical knowledge alone will not be enough for you to quickly manage a successful transition into employment. Internships are ideal for helping students to clarify their professional aspirations and expectations, to gain experience and to establish initial contacts. Job shadowing also offers an opportunity to get a look behind the scenes of a company in order to get a picture of the typical facets of the profession in question, as well as to get to know the company or organisation.

Job shadowing – A look behind the scenes of a company
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