STEP by STEP – Integration to the German Job Market

The University of Mannheim wants to support you in preparing and planning your career. As part of STEP by STEP, we offer workshops and information events for international degree-seeking students in order to prepare you for your entry into the (German) labor market:

  • STEP 1: Intercultural training

    At the beginning of your studies or after your first months in Mannheim, we support you in getting in tune with German (working) culture. In intercultural training workshops you can discuss cultural differences, train for possible conflict situations and prepare for different communication situations in everyday student or working life.

  • STEP 2: Company visits

    STEP by STEP further offers visits at local companies; these are always a highlight. They give you a fist impression of working life and provide the opportunity to meet potential employers early on.

  • STEP 3: Information Session

    In cooperation with the Federal Employment Agency Mannheim, we give you an introduction to the most important dos and don’ts of typical application procedures in Germany. We will also provide information on how employment can affect your status of residence and help you to adapt your visa, if necessary.

  • STEP 4: Application training

    During our application training workshops, you will learn everything you need to know in order to successfully apply for a job. Even though the workshops are held sometimes in English, they focus on German formalities and characteristics in order to prepare you for your career here in Germany.

  • STEP 5: International AlumniNight

    Twice every semester, we invite international alumni who have gained a foothold in the German labor market to speak at the university. In short talks they tell their success stories and are available to answer any questions. You will thus have the opportunity to get useful tips first-hand from people who have once been in the same situation as you and to extend your professional network in a social setting.

  • STEP 6: Special Events

    In addition to Steps 1 – 5 we also offer special events each semester, such as a Tax Clinic and workshops on salary negotiations or LinkedIn.

For all events registration is required to participate. See our STEP by STEP Student Guide for more information about the events offered in the current semester:

  • STEP by STEP Certificate for your application documents

    During your studies you have participated in the STEPs 1, 3 and 5? If so, the International Office is offering to issue for your application documents the STEP by STEP Certificate confirming your participation. Thus, you can make your intercultural commitment visible to potential employers.

  • Good to know

    • You want to register for one or several STEPs? All international degree-seeking students of the University of Mannheim will receive an email to their university account as soon as the registration period for each STEP begins. Registration is required for each STEP by STEP event in order to participate.
    • You  would like to work more than 120 days a year? Internships and working student positions that relate to your program of study may be excluded from the 120-days-rule. The International Office can issue a confirmation for this purpose, if you present your internship contract or your contract for working students. The confirmation then needs to be submitted to the immigration office in Mannheim. Only then, your internship or working student job does not count towards the 120 days. Please note: This only applies if you have your main residence in Mannheim. Immigration offices in other cities may have different regulations.
    • You are planning to do an internship and want to apply for an academic leave of absence? If you hold a residence permit for the purpose of studying, the foreigners’ office of the city of Mannheim unfortunately does not allow you to take an academic leave of absence for an internship. You must be regularly enrolled during your internship and also pay the tuition fees. Please note: This only applies if you have your main residence in Mannheim. Immigration offices in other cities may have different regulations.
    • You hold a residence permit for the purpose of studying and are about to complete your studies? Please note that if you intend to stay in Germany, you must apply for the following residence permit after successfully completing your studies (publication of the last grade in Portal2) in due time. Should you disenroll, your residence permit will expire automatically within 14 days after disenrollment. We recommend that you contact us in good time so that we can support you.
    • As part of their Soft Skill Program the University of Mannheim's Career Service is offering Assessment Center Trainings (in German) and CV-Writing Courses (in English). Here you can find the Career Service's complete range of coaching offers for the current semester (mainly in German).
  • Further links on networking and job search

    At the University:

    Career Network – career service unit of the University of Mannheim

    CareerFair – career fair of the CareerNetwork

    Absolventum - alumni network of the University of Mannheim

    LinkedIn – international students and graduates of the University of Mannheim

    AStA Job Board – job board of the General Student's Committee (AStA)

    MINT-Marktplatz – career fair of the School of Business Informatics and Mathematics

    Mannheim Forum – multidisciplinary conference organized by students, with company speed datings

    Q-Summit – conference for entrepreneurship and innovation organized by students

    Outside the University:

    Agentur für Arbeit – nationwide job board

    Mannheim my Future – life and work in Mannheim

    Make it in Germany – welcome portal of the Federal Government for international professionals

    Welcome Center Rhein Neckar – regional welcome portal for international professionals

International students obviously need a lot of support when making the transition to a new country. The Step by Step program offered by the International Office helped me a lot with understanding German culture and working environment. The various events offered range from “Applying for Internships” to “International Students & Taxation”. The Step by Step initiative comprehensively covers the needs of International students!

Vishal Sharma from India, student of the Mannheim Master in Management (MMM) / Foto NN

Participating in the Step by Step workshop was the best decision I made during my studies in Mannheim. Not only did I learn something valuable and useful for my future profession, but I also received helpful feedback on what I can improve in order to have better job opportunities in Germany and to integrate better into German society. All foreigners share the same concerns due to worries about the future and problems associated with integration. Workshops like the ones of Step by Step help us all to overcome these problems.

Valeria Lebedieva from the Ukraine, student of the bachelor's program in Psychology
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