Career Development

For our students, the Careers Service also offers individual advisory sessions aimed at successful career planning and development. There, the focus is on Sampson et al’s Cognitive Information Processing Approach with its five career-planning stages.

To prepare for a personal consultation, we recommend carefully reading through the handout which best corresponds to your needs:

  • Where do I position myself?
  • Labour market exploration / career prospects
  • Goal setting and career planning
  • Making career goals concrete
  • Professional life / career success

Where do I position myself?

Today's world of work demands that you increasingly and self-responsibly take control of your own career. Personal career development can and wants to be less and less determined by an organisation. Therefore, once external guidelines are eliminated, an "inner compass" is needed to control your own career. These questions will help you reflect on your skills, interests, values, and goals.

    Labour market exploration / career prospects

    There are several options to get to know the purposes of their own skills and interests, the opportunities of the labour market. This handout contains various career-related research sources. On our website you will also find a programme-specific overview of occupational fields for Bachelor's and Master's degrees.

    Goal setting and career planning

    Planning a perfectly exact career path is impossible, because the world of work is constantly changing and even your personal life situation changes in ways which are not always predictable. Therefore, career planning is not about making a solid decision for all times for a specific professional path, it is rather an ongoing process of adapting to unexpected opportunities or external factors. It is much more a reflection process, which includes the following considerations.

      Making career goals concrete

      In order to make your career goals more concrete, it is helpful to reflect on them again and again in terms of timeframe, actuality or outcome. This table shows what stage you have reached in the realisation of your goal.

      In addition to technical skills, key qualifications play an important role for a successful career. You can train and build up them up not only during your studies, but also outside the university:

      Training opportunities at the Universityfor the following skills
      Planning your time within your studies: exam Preparation, planning as well as determining and reviewing your own learning goals and processesSelf-management, time management, organisational skills, ability to reflect, independence
      Presentations and speechesPresentation skills, facilitation skills, public speaking, stress resistance, criticism
      Regular attendance at lecturesPerseverance, reliability
      Practice projectsProject management, independence, experience in practice
      Attending multidisciplinary eventsInterdisciplinary work, initiative, understanding for other subject-based cultures
      Independent work within a groupTeam spirit, capacity to cooperate, initiative, reliability, openness, capacity to make contacts
      Dealing with literature, information, mediaMedia literacy, information literacy, methods literacy, innovative spirit
      Training possibilities outside of the Universityfor the following skills
      Internships, activities a tutor, working as assistant student, voluntary work in associations, societies, student initiativesCommitment, practical experience, initiative, teamwork, openness, social skills, project management
      Stays abroadLanguage skills, mobility, flexibility, intercultural skills, organisation skills


      Professional life / career success

      Work experience provides an excellent opportunity to get to know different areas of activity and sectors of industries within a limited time. An analysis of further planning necessary for your professional future may be helpful. The following questions can serve as example to draw up a resume for your future career.