The Careers Centre does the following:
- Assists students in making connections between their academic experience and chosen career path;
- Offers career related educational opportunities which help students establish career plans and increase their professional and personal development;
- Works with alumni to enhance interactions among former and current students for the purpose of career exploration;
- Strengthens and expands relationships with employers;
- Builds strategic partnerships with local company associations and organises networking events for companies and students at GISMA.
Career and employability services
Successfully combining theory with practice, GISMA bridges the gap between conventional university study 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 and provide a confidence boost 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 individual support with improving and tailoring their application for any position. In addition, we offer individual coaching sessions to discuss career related concerns.
We support our 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 within a professional context. Internships offer students the chance to work in an applied setting and gain valuable practical experience, serving as 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 the 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 the unique opportunity to work on certain topics and develop ideas in teams with company representatives.
The purpose of GISMA Coaching Pool
We believe in life-long learning and developing individuals into effective change agents. The GISMA Coaching Pool is part of our Careers Centre, and 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 reflecting on their skills
- Provide feedback and clarify which key skills are needed
- Work to reduce any gaps between current performance and desired performance
- Help clarify milestones of success, set meaningful goals and identify steps for meeting them
- Assist in improving results
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 full 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 in order 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 automatisation industry.
Rita will join the Coaching Pool in January 2017. Her extraordinary life experiences have enable her to offer profound support to those who need it for career improvement.
Rita started her career working for an international company in 1987. She took up various positions over 26 years in the automotive supplier chain and accomplished her BA in 2001. Privately, 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 in-house mentoring programme at Robert Bosch for external students, mentored for one 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, including areas such as informative presentations and personal presentation skills.
Who can become a GISMA coachee?
The Coaching Pool is designed for full-time international MBA and Master in Management students who are:
- Interested in developing their career in Germany after completing their programme
- Looking to improve the skills and competencies which German employers require and learn how to apply them in a professional context
- Keen to learn 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 and 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 from an experienced person will help you make better decisions. The GISMA coaching programme has helped me think and plan what I appreciate the most and where I want to get.”
Amir Khalilov, MBA student
“By completing an MBA programme, a student can become good at managing a business effectively, yet it is the different workshops and training organised by the Careers Centre during study that have an enormous effect in enabling students to develop interpersonal skills which will be helpful in professional and personal life. I have joined the Coaching Pool at GISMA to identify my interpersonal skill 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. I’ve been able to determine my requirements and now know how to work on them. I am also benefiting from the group discussions on various interesting topics about careers and personal development.”