Successfully combining career orientation and your studies
Career orientation begins with your studies. You can hear that from all sides. And in fact, you should start to set the course for your future working life during your Master's programme at the latest. Even if that means taking on more activities in addition to your demanding study programme. However, good preparation is rewarding.
And the University of Konstanz supports you with its Career Passport programme. With the CPP, we offer you a structured preparation for the German job market that can be easily integrated into your everyday study life. Over three to four semesters, you will complete various activities (modules) in a different range of subjects. All the modules are offered in English. At the end you will receive an official certificate.
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What’s in it for you?
The Career Passport is built on four pillars and takes around three semesters to complete. We recognise relevant activities you took part in before starting the Career Passport as well – please check with the departmental career support coordinator.
Pillar 1: Apply
Successfully applying for jobs in Germany may seem like a secret language. The activities in this pillar help you to uncover the hidden stumbling blocks. Learn about how to reach out to employers, how to make the most of a career fair and how to write a successful job application in Germany – this might be very different from what you would do in your home country, even if the process may look similar on the surface.
Pillar 2: Speak
Speaking German makes it easier to get around in Germany and is a skill highly valued by employers – also in international companies. According to a study conducted by the Institute for Employment Research (available in German), international professionals who speak German very well earn around 20 per cent more than those who do not. What are you waiting for?
Pillar 3: Live
You don’t want to experience another culture shock when leaving university? Be prepared. Take courses in communication, social and personal skills or project management.
Pillar 4: Work
Whether as an intern or while writing your master’s thesis in a company: study-related work experience often paves the way for your first job after graduating.
How does it work?
Get your Career Passport
Register for your Career Passport using the registration form.Show more
Get started by choosing your first activities. We recommend that you start with the mandatory activities, followed by the compulsory elective activities. Please always check for the application deadlines that apply to all activities.Show more
Stay in the loop
Regularly check your emails. We'll keep you posted on any new activities.
Complete all mandatory activities and at least five compulsory elective activities. Take your time – it may take around three semesters to complete the programme. Always bring your Career Passport booklet if you cannot register for an activity via ZEuS.
The icing on the cake
Take as many compulsory elective activities as you wish, but at least five.
Ready for graduate life
To get your Career Passport certificate, hand in your stamped booklet, a transcript of records listing the mandatory activities you took part in as well as a letter from your employer confirming that you completed your internship/master's thesis in their company or did voluntary work for an international student organisation.
Need advice on career planning and preparing your application documents?
The university’s Career Service can help you figure out what kind of career might come close to your dream job and provides advice on what your job application documents should look like.