The Careers Centre at GISMA Business School helps students and alumni fulfil their career goals through a variety of specialised services, and establishes long lasting relationships with alumni and employers.
- We assist our students in making connections between their academic experience and chosen career path;
- Offer career related educational opportunities which help students establish career plans and increase their professional and personal development;
- Cooperate with our alumni to enhance interactions among former and current students for the purpose of career exploration;
- Strengthen and expand relationships with employers;
- Build strategic partnerships with local company associations and organise networking events for companies and students at GISMA.
Career and employability services
Successfully combining theory with practice, GISMA fills the gap between conventional university studies and the shifting requirements of today’s global marketplace. GISMA’s graduates have aspired to work in a number of sectors such as: banking, financial services, engineering, mechanical engineering, oil and gas, information technology, consulting, and business services.
We provide a range of group and individual services which increase students’ professional and personal development and maximise their chances of landing a job in the German labour market after graduation.
Here are some of the career and employability services our Careers Centre has to offer:
Career training helps students to understand what skills and competencies employers require and how to apply these in a professional context. All of our tutors are experienced and well-connected within the business world. Our courses focus on the following topics:
- German business culture
- Job application and job search
- Networking skills
- Communication and presentation skills
- Decision making
- Conflict management
Once our students get invited for a job interview/telephone interview, they receive a professional mock interview session in order to refine their interview skills. Mock interviews resemble real job interviews as much as possible and provide experience for candidates. Students receive practical tips relating to interview questions, answers and techniques. With students receiving valuable feedback and coaching on their performance, mock interviews are one of the very best ways to prepare for an actual job interview.
Once students prepare their portfolio, they receive professional individual support with improving and tailoring their application for any position. In addition, we offer individual coaching sessions to discuss career related questions.
We support our full-time MBA students in finding an internship or work placement. An internship is intended to provide students with the opportunity to become acquainted with German work and business culture, as well as to apply their knowledge, competencies and German language skills into a professional German context. The internship offers students the chance to work in an applied setting and gain valuable practical experience. It serves as a preparation for taking up regular employment in the German labour market.
We regularly invite representatives from leading German (and international) companies to GISMA to present their businesses to students. Company presentations offer students the chance to learn about organisational values, strategies and recruitment possibilities, as well as opportunity to network with company representatives for employment purposes.
We organise visits to leading companies for our students. During the plant trips, students get an insight into the real working environment within leading international companies based in the Hannover region.
We regularly organise networking events for students and companies at GISMA. During these events, students get a unique opportunity to work on certain topics and develop ideas in teams with company representatives.
The purpose of GISMA Coaching Pool
At GISMA Business School, we believe in life-long learning and developing individuals into effective change agents. The GISMA Coaching Pool is part of our Careers Centre, and it enables students to work closely with coaches from different industry sectors to improve their skills in specific fields. Coaching is one of the most important methods of personal and professional development. It focuses on helping students move forward in the field that is important to them, and provides a safe environment for the coachee to share any issues affecting their success.
Individual and group coaching sessions take place every month, parallel to our MBA or Master’s programmes and other career services.
Who are the GISMA coaches?
Our coaches are all experts in their fields, with a great deal of professional experience. All of our coaches are eager to:
- share their skills and experience with GISMA students
- support students in self-reflection about their skills
- provide feedback and clarify which key skills are needed
- work together with students to reduce any gaps between current performance vs. desired performance
- help students clarify their own milestones of success, set meaningful goals, and identify steps for meeting them
- assist students in improving results and offering alternative solutions to problems
Hinrich joined the GISMA Coaching Pool in March 2015 and is a pioneer in digital mapping and car navigation. He holds a diploma in Geodesy and Cartography and graduated from GISMA in 2005. He has been working for Bosch since 1989, and also became a member of the National Management Board of Tele Atlas in 2000.
In 2014, he gained a certificate as a business coach from the German Coaching Academy in Hildesheim and works as a coach and mentor in various institutions.
Andreas joined the GISMA Coaching Pool in March 2016. His mission in life is to help people to achieve their fullest potential, accomplishing great results in their professional and private lives.
He studied mechanical engineering at the RWTH-Aachen and at MIT in Cambridge, USA, and returned to Hannover after completing his MBA at Manheim Business School and at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. Andreas has a lot of international working experience as a project leader, key account manager, and consultant in several industry sectors and countries.
As well as this, Andreas accomplished his coaching education and became a NLP master to follow his passion: coaching people for progress in their “life career”.
He is currently working as a product manager for an international company in the automatization industry.
Rita will join the Coaching Pool in January 2017. Her extraordinary life experiences enable her to offer profound support to those who need it for the career improvement. She likes helping people to "wake up" and realize WHERE they are and help understand WHAT they need for this new situation. Success is made, it doesn´t happen by coincidence!
She started her career, working for an International Company in 1987 after she returned from a terrific year in the USA. She took over various jobs within 26 years in the Automotive Supplier Chain and accomplished her B.A. in 2001. On a private base, she studied to become a certified writer (2009), and later added the "Trainer of Quality-Management" to her portfolio. She was a MINT-Mentor during an Inhouse Mentoring Program at Robert Bosch for external students, mentored 1 year at the BPW-Club of Hannover and later at the local Toastmasters Club.
Currently she works on her career as Trainer of the "Decision-Making Process", inclusively trainings about "Informative Presentations" and "Personal Presentation Skills".
Who can become a GISMA coachee?
The Coaching Pool is designed for full-time international MBA students and Master in Management students who are:
- interested in developing their career in Germany after completing their programme
- interested in improving the skills and competencies which German employers require and learning how to apply them in a professional context
- interested in learning from the professional experiences of the coaches and other students
- open to new challenges
What kind of coaching is available?
The coaches will assist students with the following topics in each form of coaching, tailored to their needs and expectations.
- organisation and culture within German companies
- career paths in Germany
- preparing for specific positions in certain industries
- job application documents
- job interviews and assessment centres
- identifying current skills vs. skills to be developed
- business etiquette in Germany
- German business culture
- decision making
Ramon Arturo Marquez Flores, MBA student
“Discovering what you really like and what matters is very important to your career path. Always having a second opinion of an experimented person will help take better decisions. GISMA coaching program has helped me think and planned what I appreciate the most and where I want to get.”
Amir Khalilov, MBA student
“By completing an MBA program a student can become a good professional on managing a business effectively. Yet, it is the different workshops and training organised by Career Centre during the studies that have an enormous effect in enabling the student to develop interpersonal skills which will be helpful both in future professional and personal life. I have joined the coaching pool at GISMA to identify my interpersonal skills requirements and develop such skills. I expect from this activity to receive valuable advice from my coach, be able to follow them and achieve set targets at the end of the day. The benefits I have received so far from the Coaching Pool: I’ve been able to determine my requirements and know now how to work on them. I am also benefiting from the group discussions on various interested topics about the career and personal development.”