Find a Job in Germany's Industry (online workshop)

Leaving academia and looking for a job in the industry is an important and sometimes difficult step. Understanding the application rules and the expectations of companies enables you to go through a quickly and successful job-search process outside academia.


  • Active and passive job search strategies
  • Ideas for possible positions
  • Determination of salaries
  • Content and design of an application
  • Analysis of job ads and estimation of chances
  • Use of competences from academia in industrial jobs

On the first day, you will understand how to target your search for future employment, and where you can look for vacancies. You will get to know various options of job databases and activities to come into contact with employers. Furthermore, we will discuss positions in the industry which might be interesting for you and how you can find more possible jobs. Subsequently, you will see typical salaries for job starters and criteria which can influence the salary. Moreover, we will practice a salary calculation method you can use to determine a salary for a specific position. At the end various research options are introduced which you can use to find out more about a company internal salary structure.

On the second day, you will understand how to write your cover letter and CV, and how to best adapt your application to the job offer. You will see examples for a professional application design and photos and get advice for your certificate selection. Additionally, you will learn the meaning of typical phrases in job advertisements and identifying "must" and "can" criteria. With an example it will be explained how much your chances of success are influenced by requirements you cannot fulfil. Finally, we will deepen the awareness of competences you might have gained at the university and their relevance for companies.

Preparation: During the course we will discuss some examples of your own applications. If you want to make use of this, please, prepare a CV/cover letter for a job of your choice.

Target group: Doctoral researchers who plan to start applying in the next 12 months and have little application experience.

This workshop is sponsored by GradUS and the STIBET programme of the International Office (funded by the DAAD).

Information on the Event

Date: Tuesday/Wednesday, 18th and 19th May 2021

Time: 9.30-14.45 hrs. on Tuesday, 9.30-15.00 hrs. on Wednesday

Venue: Online workshop on your own computer/laptop 

Fee: 70 € (minus GradUS credit of 50 €, see below)

Number of participants: max. 12 participants

Terms and conditions: When registering for this seminar, you agree to
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Heidi Störr, Push Your Career – Career Consultancy. After her graduation in business studies, Heidi Störr worked for several companies as an HR Specialist. Since 2012 she offers advice for German and international academic graduates. With her seminars she provides an introduction to most central aspects of starting a career in Germany after graduation.