Consulting Service

The transition from university to profession must be well prepared. There are many questions to be answered regarding orientation, the job market and alternatives, additional qualifications, further training and the job application. To this end, the range of events offered by the Career Service is rounded off by personal consultation. The various consulting services offered by the Career Service are described below.

All dates for current events and consultations can be found on the Events and Dates page.


Advice on Applications & Application Documents

An application should be well prepared. This includes a careful compilation of the application documents, the preparation of a well-structured curriculum vitae and a tailor-made cover letter as well as thorough preparation for the personal interview at career fairs or the job interview.

The following topics are addressed in trainings, workshops, lectures and individual consultations

  • Orientation
  • Further Training
  • Additional Qualification
  • Career Counselling
  • Application Portfolio Check
  • Outfit
  • Etiquette
  • Communication
  • Entry-Level Salaries

Advice on the Topic of Intercultural Competence

You are planning a semester abroad, would like to do a practical training in a company abroad or start a career in an international company in Germany. You will maintain contacts with foreign customers and suppliers or perhaps work in an international research team. Adjust to your partners, learn about your partner's culture and, thereby, avoid embarrassing misunderstandings which might lead to big financial losses.


Advice on the Topic of Soft Skills

Companies are not only looking for good specialists, but above all for employees who will fit into their company and are, therefore, able to do a good job. This is why it is important that you convince not only with your specialist knowledge but also with your social competence.

The following skills are practised:

  • Analytical skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Empathy
  • Abilities to observe and assess oneself and others
  • Communicative skills
  • Ability to deal with conflict
  • Motivation
  • Self-confidence
  • Teamwork skills
  • Trustworthiness



Advice on the Topic of Salary

During a job interview, the topic of salary can come up. It is important that you are well prepared and able to express realistic expectations.



Organisation of Company Presentations

In addition to the annual Job Fair, Career Service offers company presentations in the various faculties. In these lectures, you will gain an insight into the work environment of companies, get to know job profiles better and get important practical information on company-specific topics.


Range of Courses Offered

You can find the range of courses offered, including dual study programmes and the postgraduate Master's programmes at FH Aachen, here.


Being an Engineer - Becoming a Teacher

Not only engineers with professional experience have the opportunity to become teachers at a "Berufskolleg" (vocational college). Thanks to the cooperative collaboration between FH Aachen and RWTH Aachen University, FH students who have completed their Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, electrical engineering, vehicle and drive engineering as well as mechanical engineering can also continue their studies with the Master's degree programme for a teaching position at vocational colleges at RWTH Aachen.

Further information on the cooperative transition to the Master of Education at RWTH Aachen can be found here: Der Weg zum Lehramt an Berufskollegs (The Path to a Teaching Position at Vocational Colleges).



Intra-University Business Start-Up

Advice on the Subject of Start-Up Scholarships

Exist-Gründerstipendium | a funding programme of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and co-financed by the European Social Fund

 

 

Advice on the Subject of TRACE

In Aachen, there are about 26,000 students studying degree programmes related to start-ups, but the number of start-ups from this group remains fairly low. Two main reasons have been identified for this "start-up inertia". First of all, the start-up ideas of many students are not concrete enough; secondly, most students do not consider the perspective of an entrepreneurial career any further, as this is seen as being in competition with other study objectives. For this reason, RWTH Aachen University and FH Aachen, in cooperation with AC.E e.V. and with the support of the EU Regional Development Fund, are launching the TRACE Programme to help mobilise students as new founders. | Click here for further information. You can find information about the lecture series "Unternehmerseminar" (Entrepreneur Seminar) here.

Contact: Luidpold Staudigl



Business Start-Up Outside University

First-class consulting institutions have joined forces in the region. Here, you will find first-hand information (in German).


Doctoral Studies at FH Aachen

The Bologna Process and the introduction of Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes have improved doctoral opportunities for FH graduates. The concept of doctoral studies is ever-growing, but there are many steps that need to be taken into account. For this reason, it is advisable to consider other sources of information in addition to being in contact with the supervising professor who provides advice on matters of content.

Here you can find the website of the FH Aachen doctoral students.

Literature on the topic of "Doctoral Studies with a University of Applied Sciences Degree"

  • "Promovieren mit Fachhochschulabschluss" (Doing a doctorate with a degree from a university of applied sciences) | Download the brochure here
    Informationen und Praxisbeispiele für die Beratung und Unterstützung Promotionsinteressierter,
    Isabel Beuter, Hannover, 2011
     
  • "Promotion von Fachhochschulabsolventen in NRW" (Doctoral studies of university of applied sciences graduates) | You can order the brochure here.
    talks about 
    - careers with a doctoral degree
    - doctoral opportunities for graduates of universities of applied sciences
    - tips for a successful start
    - funding possibilities for doctoral studies

 

 

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