At the end of the fourth year, students are expected to prepare for going on the academic or non-academic job market. For all students entering the job market phase of the program there will be extensive coaching and support, e.g. a presentation skills workshop, mock interviews with faculty members and the opportunity to schedule a job talk in either one of the department's field seminars or the internal seminar.
The activities during the job market phase of the program take place under the guidance of the department's placement officer, Prof. Dr. Michelle Sovinsky. Furthermore, all faculty in Mannheim will do their best to support students on the job market.
By September, i.e. at the beginning of the fifth year, any student intending to go on the job market should have at least one finished paper which he/
Apart from job offers for various positions in academia, at national and international organisations and in the private sector throughout the year, students wishing to continue in academia after their PhD are advised to participate in the international academic job market. The international market takes place every January at the ASSA meeting in the US. European alternatives of growing relevance take place in Spain (December) and in the UK (London, January). Successful applicants for any of these meetings will be interviewed by interested universities. If the interviews were successful, students will be invited to present their work at the respective departments ('fly-outs').
Since the international job market meetings take place in December/