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Professional and Interdisciplinary Skills Courses (AfK)



Professional and Interdisciplinary Skills (AfK) offered by the Centre for Competence Development (ZfbK):



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Be an early bird and plan your career Julia.Kislat The events take place as online seminars. The seminar will be held in English.

You are in your first or second semester at JLU and have taken your first steps at university?

Congratulations! Now is the time to think about your plans for the future.

This workshop will give you an overview of how to prepare your entry into the German job market. We will provide you with information about which steps to take during your studies, where you can get help along the way and why it is worth it to start as early as possible.

There will also be time for your individual questions.

Iris Heilgendorf, Arbeitsagentur Giessen (Federal Employment Agency)
Julia Kislat
How to apply - prepare your application for the German job market iris.heilgendorf Of course, you can use one of the many sample proposals to prepare your applications. It is quick, practical and costs nothing. However, will it be of any use?
Doesn't it make more sense to create your application individually? With the arguments and content that speak only for you? Employers are looking for employees who are able to actually DO the job.

Your application must prove that this is the case. Empty phrases and general places are hardly sufficient to stand out from the competition.
In our workshop, you will learn with practical examples how to analyze job descriptions and how to put your skills in the right light.

Get more insight about the typical "German way" to write applications. Therefore, we are going to talk about CV and cover letter and the necessity of application photos.

This workshop will be held in English!

Target group: English speaking international students, graduates and doctoral students from JLU & THM
(für deutsche Studierende und Absolvierende gibt es ebenfalls gute Angebote an der THM und der JLU)

Tutor: Iris Heilgendorf, Intercultural Coach & advisor at Hochschulteam
How to find an internship Julia.Kislat In this seminar you will get information on how to find an internship in Germany, legal regulations for international students and reports of experience from other international alumni.
There will also be time for your individual questions.
• "How to apply" – The Job Market and the Application Process in Germany
• Report of Experience: Searching for an Internship in Agrobiotechnology
• Report of Experience: Searching for an Internship in the Field of Anglistics and Economics
• Legal Regulations – Entry into the Job Market, Internships and Part-Time Jobs
The seminar is organized by the International Office and the department of Career Services of JLU Giessen in cooperation with STUBE Hessen. STUBE Hessen is a study accompanying programme for students from Africa, Asia and Latin America who study at hessian universities.
Intercultural Workshop: Find your way around a German university Julia.Kislat It is a nice challenge to study in a foreign country. We learn a lot of new things and develop ourselves further.
But sometimes it is also exhausting, as we are confronted with a lot of unfamiliar behaviour, and often we do not know what is appropriate and what is not.
This workshop is designed to help international and refugee students find their way around German universities. We will therefore discuss different forms of teaching and learning, how to interact with lecturers, how to conduct group work and we will provide help for everyday communication in Germany.

Lecturer: Elisabeth Sommerhoff studied Drama and Literature at the University Gießen, in Vienna (Austria) and at Yale University (USA). She spent five years teaching at the University of Birmingham (Great Britain). Currently she is working at the University of Regensburg in the field of Intercultural Rhetoric Competence.
Negotiating your salary in Germany Julia.Kislat Please note that this workshop is only for international and refugee students!

In this workshop you will find out how to negotiate a salary that is motivating, attractive and realistic for you and your future employer. Explore of how salaries in Germany are made up and which additional benefits you can negotiate for yourself in addition to the salary. Get to know the influencing factors in your salary claim and where the differences are. Receive valuable insights on salary research and how to go about it in your application.

Lecturer: Bastian Hughes, career coach and founder of the career podcast „Berufsoptimierer“. 10 years of experience as recruiter, Diploma in Economics, Mayor in Marketing and Certified Systemic Coach.
Next Level LinkedIn® (2 days) Julia.Kislat Optimizing your profile potential, attracting recruiters & strategies for increasing your internship and job leads.

With over 500 million users, LinkedIn® is an integral component of business networking across the globe. This workshop will dive deep into what your profile should include; how to use keywords to your advantage; how to craft a unique summary; and how to grow and maintain your network. We will focus in on the wide range of active and passive job search techniques that can be utilized on the platform.

This Workshop will cover:
• What LinkedIn® can be used for and how it functions
• What it means to have an optimized profile and how to create one
• What your profile should – and should not – include
• How recruiters use LinkedIn® and what they are looking for in a LinkedIn profile
• How to communicate with recruiters, new contacts and grow your network
• Tools and techniques for utilizing LinkedIn® in your passive, active, domestic and international job search
• How to leverage industry & company research on LinkedIn® (Company pages, salary insights, etc.)
• How to put all of LinkedIn’s® features to use: publishing, groups, university alumni networks, etc.
• Comparison: LinkedIn® vs. Xing®

The workshop consists of two workshop days of two hours each. After workshop day #1 on June 14th (LinkedIn® basics and job search strategies), students have 1 week to implement what was discussed in the workshop in preparation for workshop day #2 on June 21st (profile building and optimizing).
Please only register for the course if you are able to participate on both workshop days!

Students are asked to have a look at the videos provided on the Pre-Workshop Student Preparation Portal and to fill in a survey beforehand to customize the workshop to the students needs. You will receive the link to the Portal together with the BBB-Link approx. 1 week before workshop day #1.

Lecturer: Jessica Schüller is a career coach, trainer & international educator.


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