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Guten Tag! – German Career Services interns in Boston??

Guten Tag! – German Career Services interns in Boston??

EACE Blog contribution by Annelie Tastove and Tobias Schulz, interns at the office of Career Services at Fisher College, Boston.

germany-to-bostonWe are Annelie (23 years) and Tobias (24 years) from Germany. Currently we are studying Career Guidance and Case Management at the University of Applied Labor Studies in Mannheim, Germany. The responsible body of the university is the Federal Employment Agency, which offers us the opportunity to obtain a bachelor degree at the agency-run university.  In the undergraduate program we can attain expertise through a unique combination of courses in economics, social sciences and law. This qualifies us for professional work related to labor market management, career guidance and human resources.

Our degree programs are characterized by flexible study approaches, various periods of study and, in particular, by a consistent practice-based orientation. This is ensured through four internships that are integrated into the curriculum. During the third  internship we are offered the opportunity to go abroad. Knowing this, we applied for an internship at the office of Career Services at Fisher College. At first we sent our resumes and cover letters to Barbara Zerillo, the Director of Career Services at Fisher College. Then we had a telephone-interview with her, after which she finally chose us as her interns for four weeks in the summer.

Annelie Tastove, Barbara Zerillo, Director of Career Services Fisher College, Tobias Schulz

Annelie Tastove, Barbara Zerillo, Director of Career Services at Fisher College and Tobias Schulz

During our internship we learned about the different functions of an office of career services. We also had the opportunity to compare career guidance in the U.S. and Germany by shadowing Barbara during her student appointments and introducing her to different German career guidance approaches. In addition, we were assigned to different projects that we worked on independently. The projects included: posting events/jobs (internships, part and full-time jobs), analyzing social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest), creating a part-time job map on zeemaps.com, analyzing senior outcome data, preparing a RIASEC-test for high school orientation and translating a German career guidance concept. Furthermore we learned a lot about the use of LinkedIn and its meaning for career development in the U.S. In Germany social media plays a smaller role in this particular field.

In general the internship was a valuable experience for us. Hopefully we can benefit from our work experience in the U.S. and bring some new ideas back to Germany.

Tobias Schulz

Tobias Schulz

Tobias is a second year career guidance student at the HdBA (University of Applied Labour Studies of the Federal Employment Agency in Mannheim, Germany. He spent a month interning in the Office of Career Services at Fisher College in order to learn about counseling in the US. During that time he was able to meet with several other counselors from other schools and visit a local unemployment agency. While at Fisher he worked on various projects including creating an innovative interactive part-time job map for students in Back Bay, analyzing social media marketing and shadowing the director during appointments. Tobias plans to return to Germany to complete his program and work for one of the Federal Employment Agencies in Germany as a career counselor. 

Annelie is a student in the Career Guidance and Case Management program at the University of Applied Labour

Annelie Tastove

Annelie Tastove

Studies of the Federal Employment Agency in Mannheim, Germany. She has been trained in various subject areas, including psychology, sociology, law and economy. She came to intern in the Office of Career Services at Fisher College in order to learn more about another approach to career services and learn more about the culture and language in the United States. While at Fisher Annelie shadowed the director of career services student appointments, translated German career guidance concepts and process, visited other schools and  posted jobs to an online database. Annelie plans to return to Germany to complete her program and work at a Federal Employment Agency.

 

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