After Your Studies

School service, teaching, research, business – studying Economic and Business Education opens up many career prospects for you. If you would like to know more, we’re happy to advise you on specific perspectives and a successful career start. Do not hesitate and make an appointment for a consultation.

Becoming a teacher

We will prepare you for your school service, and answer questions about starting your career and today’s challenges.

  • Preparatory service (Referendariat)

    The completion of of the master’s program in Teacher Education (M.Ed.) or the master’s program in Economic and Business Education (M.Sc.) paves the way to the preparatory service for becoming a teacher at a certain type of public secondary school. The degree program is the first phase of teacher education and the preparatory service is considered the second phase.

    For the preparatory service, you are at a permanent partner school (Ausbildungsschule) and at one of the state seminars for training and in-service training of teachers (Staatliche Seminare für Ausbildung und Fortbildung der Lehrkräfte (Gymnasien oder Berufliche Schulen) in Baden-Württemberg. The duration of the preparatory service is 18 months, from January until July of the following year (three semesters of school).

    Please note: If you complete the preparatory service in Baden-Württemberg and pass the second state examination, you are generally eligible to apply for teaching positions in other German Länder. The administration of the individual Ministries of Education and Cultural Affairs is responsible for the requirements and certain restrictions might apply.

  • Work outside of the school sector

    With a bachelor's or master's degree in Economic and Business Education, you also qualify for work outside the school sector. 

    Work outside the school sector includes among others in-company training and continuing training, as well as the management of in-company training and continuing training. In addition, graduates can work in educational counseling, human resources management or development, and business development.

  • Career advice

    You are looking for personal, practice-oriented advice ...

    • on choosing your program of study and career
    • on the practical elements in your studies,
    • on the preparatory service for teachers at secondary schools,
    • on the teaching profession,
    • on working at a school
    • or on one of the many other topics related to school, education, and teaching – …

    ... then take advantage of the extensive support services the ZLBI offers with regard to secondary schools and vocational schools!

    If desired and if required, we are also happy to establish contact to the Regierungspräsidium Karlsruhe or one of the state seminars for the training and in-service training of teachers (secondary schools / vocational schools).

    For a consultation, please schedule an in-person or an online appointment (Zoom). Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Georg Matthias Schneider directly.


OStR Dr. Georg Matthias Schneider

OStR Dr. Georg Matthias Schneider

Managing Director and Head of Teacher Education
University of Mannheim
Zentrum für Lehrerbildung und Bildungsinnovation (ZLBI)
Schloss, Ehrenhof Ost, EO 085
Ehrenhof Ost – Room EO 085
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Appointments for virtual consultations are possible. Please send an email to schneider(at)