Getting ready to enter the world of work while you’re still at university? Here are five tips that will help you succeed:
- Take an honest look at your strengths and weaknesses. What are you really good at? What do you find easy? Which tasks do you sometimes struggle with? Based on your answers, you can pick specialisations and topics for your final papers, thereby strengthening your personal profile further.
- Make good use of internships and projects! Many degree programmes include an internship/practical semester/project. You can use these opportunities to find out more about your potential occupational fields. An internship has also served its purpose if it means that you can rule out a certain professional field for yourself.
- Pave the way for your career with a student job. Your ideal part-time job will match your future dream job. But other jobs can also serve you well, allowing you to gain valuable practical experience and to demonstrate useful soft skills, such as excellent interpersonal skills and resilience. Volunteering also looks great on a CV and can open new doors.
- Get in touch with businesses. Corporate presentations and lectures will provide you with information about companies that can be very valuable for your first steps on the career ladder. This could be a contact person, insight into the corporate culture, or knowledge about interesting divisions within the company.
- Activate your personal network. Relatives, friends, fellow students or former colleagues. Each of them is familiar with the company they work in and can provide useful advice and information.
The university’s Career Service will be happy to help you with any other questions you may have.