How important is professional experience during your studies
Working through ten semesters and completing the master’s degree with 1.0, that sounds like the perfect prerequisite to get your dream job - think! Those who do not gain any practical experience during their studies will find it difficult to apply even with this high grade. Companies pay attention not only to the final grade, but also to whether the applicants have already got a taste of the practical experience.
Regardless of whether you are doing a job or doing an internship, you can gain important professional experience, make initial contacts and spice up your résumé. Those who have already had practical experience and are familiar with the basics need a shorter induction period in the company and are therefore preferred to be hired.
Classics with students are, of course, waiters, tutoring or filling shelves. You earn good money, but that doesn't exactly knock your future employer off your feet. Student life still has to be financed somehow, so here is an overview of the options available to you to gain professional experience and earn money at the same time.
- Most courses already include compulsory internships, but you can also look for internships in your field of study for the semester break on your own initiative.
- Unfortunately, many internships are unpaid, some are remunerated at € 400-600 per month. That's not a lot, but it is well known that small cattle also make crap.
- With a full-time internship that lasts several weeks / months, you really immerse yourself in your future world of work and then you know that a 40-hour week differs significantly from everyday student life. 😉
- Internships are also possible abroad, so if you also want to learn a new language and get to know a new culture, then take advantage of this opportunity!
2. Working student
- As a working student, you can earn good money and gain practical experience at the same time.
- For example, you can work 16 hours a week during the semester and full-time during the holidays.
- The working hours are usually relatively flexible, so that it is compatible with your schedule.
- Working student activities often last for several semesters, and some companies also offer students permanent positions after they graduate.
- Here you can search for current vacancies.
3. Student assistant at the university
- This allows you to make contact with professors and if you are aiming for a professional career at the university, such an activity opens up good opportunities for you.
- The working hours are student-friendly and the job is remunerated.
4. Trainee program
- Some companies now offer such programs for students.
- The payment is usually limited, but you can also gain a lot of experience here.
Here are a few more helpful tips:
- Plan your studies long-term! (How much work does the seminar have, how many exams do I have at the end, do I have to write homework during the holidays or can I work full-time, etc.) For better planning, you can register with GradeView and use the free planning tool.
- Also note that most companies require an application up to 6 months in advance, as the number of applicants is particularly high during the semester break
- Always arrange working hours with the employer in writing! Don't forget that you need more time to study during the exam phase.
- Request written confirmation from the company describing the activities and content during the internship / job.
- Often there are lectures or small trade fairs at your university where companies introduce themselves. Use events like this to make contacts or to ask questions!
- Register with portals that provide jobs / internships or make contact with companies, such as XING or LinkedIn
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