Career Pilot Program
Photo: Heide Fest
We started as a group of ten students from four continents and landed as a crew back at the Viadrina after twelve weeks of intensive analysis of our own competencies, current recruiting formats, seven packed workshop days, three inspiring alumni talks and with future networking strategies in our luggage. After a semester in the online format, we had the opportunity to celebrate the end of our program with a trip on the Oder River and to meet in person at least once. What impressions there were and what the crew takes away from the program for themselves, you can find in the press article of the Viadrina logbook:
>> press article <<
It was a crowning finale for our series of guests in the Career Pilot program.
In our final discussion yesterday, June 28., 2021, we changed perspectives and looked at the modern application process from a recruiter's point of view. Using practical examples, we explored the questions: Does a candidate fit the company? What personality does the resume reveal? What qualifications and professional experience does someone bring with them, and is a lateral entry possible?
Afterwards, we continued with the Alumna Talk and talked about the importance of personal development and reflection, knowing what you want and communicating your goals to the environment, being flexible, taking advantage of options that arise over time, the different ways of working of startups and mid-sized companies, and work experience through internships vs. working student positions.
A big thank you to Dr. Beatrice Ermer and Helmut Husmann for their honest, insightful and enriching contributions to the Career Pilot program. It was a pleasure to have you here!
With this event we conclude the guest series and look forward to our last meeting in presence.
Yesterday, June 14, 2021, we had the honor of welcoming 3 more great alumni in our second alumni talk of the Career Pilot program. We talked about corporate cultures, expectations of a fulfilling professional life, the importance of following your passion, thinking outside the box and being proactive, networking, the distinction between generalists and specialists, communication skills plus the importance of experience and a good work-life balance. The talks were insightful, moving and inspiring. Thank you for supporting the program and taking us along to your treasures of experiences. A big thanks for the support from the Viadrina Alumnibüro as well!
Our first Alumni Talk on 17.05.2021 was about necessary skillsets, negotiation possibilities, salary expectations, onboarding processes and storytelling in the interview, but also about application tips and entry opportunities in international companies and organizations. At this point we would like to thank David Stahmann, Julian Jedrzejewski and Steve Seifert for their support and sharing their career paths in the Career Pilot Program. These were great and honest conversations that encouraged to look beyond our degree program into other topics and gain an understanding of our own development processes. It was a pleasure to have you with us.
Thank you very much for the valuable exchange of experiences!
On Monday, April 12, 2021, the first Career Pilot Crew started the new semester.
We are very pleased about the concentrated wealth of experience of our 11 crew pilots, who come from a total of 4 continents. We can look forward to 12 exciting weeks in which we will compare other labor markets with the German labor market, analyze competencies, develop and consolidate professional visions, explore potential markets and industries, prepare application documents, prepare for interviews, practice an elevator pitch and learn how to make the onboarding process as smooth as possible. The highlight is the alumni meetings towards the end of the program.
Thank you to the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Viadrina International Affairs, the Alumni Office and all the contributors in advance who support this program.
Career Pilot is a qualification program for undergraduate international students of all faculties who are interested in starting a career outside of the university and would like professional support on this path. The cooperation project of the Career Center and the Viadrina International Affairs Department supports international students from all countries of origin and in particular students with migration and/or refugee background from the countries: Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria and Turkey.
In the semester-long program, participants develop their personal skills and learn about the German job market, application processes and employers' expectations. A big part of the program is the encounter of the participants with alumni of the Viadrina and volunteers from the desired professional field of the participants. This provides a real first-hand practical insight and creates an image of the potential field of work among the participants.
The aim of the program is to facilitate the entry of international students into the German-speaking labor market and to familiarize them with the customs and practices of individual industries.
Dates: Apr. 12-July 05, 2021, Mondays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Workload: Workshops, short weekly assignments, individual discussions, evaluations.
Please submit the following documents to participate in the program:
> Curriculum vitae
> Letter of motivation (1 page DinA4 / font size 11 Arial) with indication and justification of the
> Signed declaration of agreement
Participation in the program is free of charge.
Application deadline: March 01, 2021
Subject: Application Career Pilot SS2021
The selection criteria are deliberately kept low in order to give as many students as possible the option to participate. Completeness of documentation.
At the end of the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion and, if possible, ECTS for each workshop completed within the program.
The program is partly financed by the DAAD Integra program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). We thank for the support.