Career orientation for international students

As part of the DAAD-Integra project Career International - Preparing International Students for the German Labour Market, Trier University’s Career Service and International Office will be offering a mentoring initiative for international students at the University and Trier University of Applied Sciences beginning in the winter semester 2021/22 onwards. The aim of this initiative is to open up career prospects for students to enter the local and regional labour market and to provide them with needs-based support in the transition from study to work. The initiative expands the International Office's long-standing integration services in the area of career orientation.

Trier University’s Career Service - in cooperation with the Employment Agency and Trier University of Applied Sciences – supports students in Trier in their career orientation through the offering of range of counselling options and events, primarily geared to the subjects offered at the university.  Within the framework of the Career International project, in cooperation with the university’s International Office, Career Service is able to supplement their offer with practical work-oriented elements specifically tailored to the needs of international students. As with the programme for German Students, the goal of this programme is to support international students in making a successful transition from their studies to their career.  Particular focus is placed on leveraging students’ intercultural experience as a resource in starting their career.

Trier and the surrounding “Greater Region” is known for having a low unemployment rate and constant demand for skilled workers from regional, especially medium-sized companies. International students in particular are not always aware of the potential of the (Greater) Region for their career entry. On the employer side, however, there is significant interest in reaching out to the target group of international students. In addition to the Job Fair and practical work-oriented opportunities from the employer side (e.g. internships or theses), the mentoring initiative now offers another opportunity for our international students to gain practical experience. For employers, the initiative creates opportunities to support international students in starting their careers and - in the best case - to gain new employees with high potential for their own companies.