According to the diagram, the CSC supports students in four consecutive phases, whereby it is the student’s responsibility to take the initiative and set the pace in their “self-directed journey”.
The first step is to enable the student to make a qualified assessment of which position and company he or she is suitable. To this end, the CSC offers above all personal interviews with experienced professionals:
The objective is to get to know oneself as well as possible, i.e. to identify one’s strengths and weaknesses, desires, interests, values and abilities.
It focuses on specialist issues like e.g.:
Do my qualifications give me a chance of getting a particular job?
What could my application strategy look?
How do I get access to my desired companies?
Expand your capabilities
Phase 2 focuses on the development of vocationally relevant key competencies, typically in the form of organised workshops or seminars. Key competences are understood to be abilities that go beyond the specialist competencies taught in lectures, i.e. specialised knowledge, knowledge of scientific methods and subject-specific theoretical understanding. These include, for example:
Build your network
To increase the likelihood of receiving an invitation to an interview or even a job offer in response to an application, the CSC is organising various platforms in phase 3 to allow students to find out about potential employers and to get to know recruiters from relevant industries and convince them of their suitability. These include company presentations and workshops as well as special events with EBS Alumni.
Get your job
In the final step, the focus is on preparing and carrying out the actual application process. The CSC supports students in revising their application documents and preparing for their introduction to the company. Besides, students are given exclusive access to potential employers within the framework of “on-campus” career fairs and to concrete job offers on the EBS University job portal.
Students and graduates who are considering starting a business can get advice at the start-up center Gründungsfabrik Rheingau, a joint project of EBS Universität and the University of Applied Sciences Geisenheim.