Professional orientation

Successful learning usually depends on the fact that the subject matter is really interesting for you and that the career opportunities in the future match your own wishes and hopes.

It is not uncommon for doubts to arise during studies or training as soon as students or trainees discover that their expectations regarding the content or everyday working life do not match reality. It is therefore particularly important for you to focus at an early stage on which job description and which work structures are suitable for you and meet your own expectations. Especially if you are leaving university, you should take more time for re-orientation, both when have decided which direction to take and when you are still or once more at the very beginning of your career orientation phase. If you know what you are learning for and why you are going this way, it is much easier to persevere and enjoy learning.

Help with career guidance

1. Take a look at your resources

Which skills and competencies have you already acquired? Which subjects were you particularly interested in at school? Which talents have you discovered? Which working methods, for example during your studies, did you enjoy and which ones led to frustration? What activities do you engage in in your spare time or have you already tried out in internships? What is your personality?

It also makes sense to reflect on your expectations for your future professional life: What do you wish for? What is really out of place? (Inside or outside / Contact with people or not / With technology or without /…)
After your own assessment, it is very helpful and often informative to ask people in your immediate environment (family, friends) about possible suitable professions or to get to know their professional fields.
We would be pleased to accompany you through this process of orientation with coaching. During a coaching session we use proven methods and can also point out further information or support if necessary.

2. Information on various job profiles

When you have already decided which field you want to work in and have found the first indicators, then it is helpful to look at concrete job descriptions in this area. You can do this, for example, by contacting people and companies in the respective professional field, or by researching online. If you are really interested, an internship is also an option. The right profession depends above all on your competences, abilities, educational requirements and last but not least on your personal wishes and inclinations. The internet offers you various online tests that can help you find the right job profile.

3. Orientation in professional fields

It is difficult to keep track of the diversity of professional profiles. It is still helpful to distinguish broadly between the various occupational fields. It is generally easier to decide which ones are not suitable for you or to put them on a short list.

4. Career advice from the Federal Employment Agency

Comprehensive advice on career orientation is offered by the Federal Employment Agency (Agentur für Arbeit). This counselling includes both study counselling and counselling on all aspects of dual and school-based training. If you have already decided on a dual training programme, you can also take advantage of the consultation services of the respective chambers .