Coun­sel­ing

We're back with our in-person open hours in Campus Center (Ground Floor - besides Sparkasse) from Monday to Thursday between 12 pm and 4 pm.

We are now offering consultations via Zoom without an appointment, by clicking the “Open Zoom Consultations” button to the right during available hours. Appointments for one-to-one consultations can still be made in advance via phone or Zoom. Otherwise, you can still reach us via email at career@uni-kassel.de.

Open Zoom Consultations:
English: Thu. 10 am - 12 pm 
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Deutsch: Di. 14-16 Uhr und Mi. 10 - 12 Uhr

Con­sulta­tions via Zoom

Thu. 10 am - 12 pm




Ca­reer Ser­vice of the Uni­versity of Kas­sel provides you with con­sult­ing ser­vice on the fol­low­ing sub­ject areas:

  • Due to the current situation our office in Campus Center might not be everyday open. In case we're not available in-person, you can still reach us by email at career@uni-kassel.de, phone (561 8042290) or Zoom.

    If you would like some assistance with your application, our team will be more than pleased to assist you by looking over your application and offering you advise and correction assistance. Wednesday 2 - 4 pm and Thursday 10 am - 12 pm is our Open Zoom hours. No prior appointment is necessary. In case you would like an in-person counseling, send us an e-mail at career@uni-kassel.de to schedule an appointment.


    To help us provide you with assistance of the utmost quality, send in advance your application and CV to us via E-mail to career@uni-kassel.de, so that we can properly prepare before the appointment. In addition, please bring a physical copy of your application and CV with you when you visit us in case of an in-person counseling.


     

Where does a historian work? Where does an economic clerk work? What does a political scientist do after completing a bachelor's degree?


Students in the humanities and social sciences in particular complete a course of study in which they are not prepared for any special field of work. There are practically no specially advertised positions for sociologists or Romanists outside of science.


Graduates of different fields of study can therefore take up the same profession after completing their bachelor's or master's degree. On the other hand, students of the same field can go to very different professional directions.


It is necessary for them to individually identify possible areas of activity and to create personal contact point in order to make a successful transition to the labor market.


The Career Service's vocational guidance service helps students and graduates to tap into their personal job market. We have presented a few professional fields to support you.


The advisory service is of course available to all students, even outside of the humanities and social sciences. This does not only apply to students from areas in which there is a classic job market (e.g. social work, economics, technical disciplines, teaching positions), but also to students who deal with the possibility of a career change in other areas.

In Germany you might encounter two different terms for Internships: Mandatory and Voluntary* Internship (pflicht- und freiwilliges Praktikum). Both types have the same goal: provide you with practical experience and help you move forward in your future career. However, mandatory internships can only be taken by students who have the internship as a compulsary part of their studies in order to gain their degree. If that is not your case, you can only take voluntary internships.

*Important: "Voluntary" does not mean that all internships in this category are non-paid positions. It only indicates that it is not a compulsory part of a degree.


We support you with the following questions:

  • I am studying a subject that is not clearly related to certain professions. What kind of internship is right for me?
  • I want to do an internship in a specific place, what is the best way to find it?
  • There are only a few vacancies for internships in my desired area, how can I still get an internship?
  • I have never written an application, how do I do this?
  • I have never had an interview, how do I prepare for it?

An internship helps you set a foot in the door in a certain area. We support you in using this for a successful career entry:

  • How can I gain further practical experience in my target area after the internship?
  • How can I use the internship to build networks and relationships?
  • How can I later use the internship to find a job?

Take a look at the regional company profiles.

When searching for internship and career entry positions, it quickly becomes apparent that there are a large number of internships and job sites with very similar offers on the Internet. The offers can be confusing for many, and this could lead to doubts on whether people's skills match the advertised positions or not. This situation can be faced by both internship and job seekers.


The result is that many applicants only pounce on the best-known job search sites and do not pay attention to the fitting accuracy. The consequence is a large number of rejections.


Appropriate search strategies are not trivial, but an essential factor to find your way in complex work life. At the Campus Center you will be advised on suitable strategies for finding internships and jobs:

  • Are you looking for a job across Germany, but are not yet sure in which area?
  • Do you have an idea about a certain area (e.g. publisher, NGO, "something with consultancy" or "something with media") but can't find any suitable offer?
  • Do you hardly find any potential employer in your search?
  • Would you like to stay in Kassel and are looking for something here in the region?

Here you will also find initial information about job research online.

We can help you find out if certain occupations or fields of work you're interested in demands a certain level of study. This information can help you to decide if you would like to pursue a new degree or directly enter the job market after completing your current studies.


Here you will find the requirements of the job market relating to university degrees.

The Career Service supports students and alumni with more than just the application check; a wide variety of services are offered. In an advisory meeting many important problem areas can be discussed:

  • How do I best prepare myself for a job interview?
  • How do I best take the iniative and contact companies first?
  • Should I write a  written or digital job application? 
  • How do I work with the private job sites of various companies?
  • What should I especially pay attention to in a Job Assessment?
  • What exactly is a letter of motivation?
  • What is important when dealing with references and certificates of employment? How can I best assess the quality of my references? (No legal advise on the matter)
  • How do I analyze job advertisements?
  • Is it worth including social networks?
  • What do Soft Skills mean in a job advertisement and how should I deal with them?

Do you feel unsure about your studies and don't know how you can get a job with them?


We can advise you with open-mindedness and try to clear up any doubts about your studies, answer questions, and show you your professional opportunities and other options. Contact during our office hours, Zoom open hours or via e-mail at career@uni-kassel.de

How to pre­pare for the ap­plic­a­tion port­fo­lio check­ing:

The Job Ad­vert

To best take advantage of our services, bring a copy of a specific job advertisement with you. This is important because a specific job advertisement can help you to properly align the application to fit the profile described and desired by the employer.

Ini­ti­at­ive Ap­plic­a­tion

Of course we extend our services to initiative applications as well. To provide you with the best quality service with an initiative application, provide us with a link to the webpage of your desired employer(s). To simplify the process even more, include the department and branch if applicable.

Pre­par­ing

To assist you with the preparation of your job application documents, we have a selection of tips and relevant information for your writing process.