In the working world, it’s not just good professional qualifications that count. Flexibility, personal initiative and the willingness to be a lifelong learner are also prized attributes.
The Career Services Office at the OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts serves as the first point of contact for students, alumni, and companies or employer organizations. We advise students and alumni on professional recognitions, career planning, and making the transition to a career. In addition to personal advising, we also offer career events and other programming.
You can gain initial insight into the professional world, for instance, through an internship. They also help you make contact with potential employers. Take advantage of expert advice and support, and the knowledge of recent university graduates. They can help you decide what kinds of jobs you are interested in, and help you through the application process and in your career planning.
The Career Center offers:
- A search engine for internships and job vacancies
- Profiles where companies present various career opportunities
- Events like coaching workshops, trade fairs, chats ...
- E-mail notifications of job vacancies and events
You will also receive access to information designed to help you achieve your career goals!
The Career Services Office wold be happy to advise you in a confidential discussion. Please set up your advising appointment in advance via E-mail!
• Lemgo: Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30
• Detmold: 1st Thursday of the month from 9 AM to 12 PM
• Höxter: 1st Wednesday of the month from 9 AM to 12 PM
The Career Services website also provides further information on the following topics:
How can I be as successful as possible in my everyday studies?
In addition to your departmental modules, you can take additional courses: The study methodology of the Career-Service, for instance, offers courses on writing academic papers.
What options do I have to improve my social, academic, or personal skills in addition to my studies?
The Career-Service offers regular courses on study methods. You can also take advantage of volunteer opportunities while you complete your degree: with student initiatives like Radio Triquency, student self-administration or by working as a tutor.
How can I find the right internship?
You are responsible for finding the right internship to meet your needs. Instructors in your department and the Career Services Office can support you through information and advising. In addition, you can collect internship advertisements that match your criteria from companies and institutions. Research professional associations, exhibitor lists from professional trade fairs, Chambers of Commerce or other business associations to find potential companies. Most companies have a section on internships on their websites. However, you can also speak with more advanced students in your program, and benefit from their experience.
When should I start applying?
You should apply with your chosen company at least three months before completing your degree program. You should also start applying for internship positions even earlier - at least six months before you would like to start an internship. In both cases, it is important that you prepare for the application process. You should answer questions like: How do I assemble my application dossier? How can I best write about my personal strengths? About a month before you start applying, you should have an initial overview of what positions are open, and what requirements companies have for them. To contact companies themselves, we recommend you attend the OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts Career Day, or another career or specialty trade fair.
What documents will I generally need for my application?
Read advertisements carefully and follow the requirements they set forth. For example, not all applications require a photo – and sometimes including one is expressly prohibited. Applications typically include:
- Cover sheet (optional)
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Current grade report
- University transcripts and an overview of courses completed
- Work references, if available
- Certificates for relevant further training
Should I get my Master’s, Ph.D., or start my career?
There is no way to give a generalized answer to this question. It all depends on your own career objectives. A personal discussion can help you more easily give structure your inclinations, desires and goals. The Central Student Advisory Services, the OWL Graduate Center and the Career Services Office will be happy to help.