Career Planning

Planning your career path further and building up experience in this respect can be a real challenge. For this reason, we provide information and support material here to help you approach the topic of career planning. We do not see career planning as a strict process that results in a definite plan. Rather, the content provided here is intended for individual orientation and support.

Career Planning DIY

Not every question directly needs a formal coaching session with a coach. Especially at the beginning of your career planning, it is possible to simply work out the first results yourself with a little time. For this purpose we have compiled some instructions and helpful links.

Career Planning Tools

How to prepare your next steps for your future career

The Career Planning tools can help you to get new ideas for your professional career, to name your own goal as precisely as possible and to take the first steps towards your goal.

Based on the career dimensions of Richard Nelson Bolles (book: What colour is your parachute?), the DIY's help you to focus on yourself: your skills, your interests and your wishes.

Career Planning DIY I
Career Planning DIY II

UniWind Kompetenzen Toolbox (only available in German)

The University Association for the Qualification of Young Academics in Germany (UniWiND) is a network of currently 74 member institutions which have made the promotion of young academics a central task of their universities. The UniWind toolbox includes practical tools to promote competence development in the following ten core areas (so-called competence clusters): Professional competencies, leadership competencies, creativity, teaching and didactic competencies, oral communication competencies, project management, written communication competencies, self-management, systematic work and teamwork.

Kompetenzentwicklung von Nachwuchswissenschaftler:innen


Good application documents usually need a little time. In order to speed things up a little, you will find information here on frequently asked questions such as "Where can I find suitable positions?", "How do I write a good cover letter?" or "Do the application documents differ depending on sector?”.

Job Searching Strategies
Applying for jobs in Germany


Viola Middendorf

Team leader Career Center & Postdoc Office Career Counseling & Coaching

  • Human Resources
Building 15.3 /
Room 2086
+49 2461/61-85404

Svenja Klinkenberg

Career Counseling & Coaching Career Center & Postdoc Office

  • Human Resources
Building 15.3w /
Room 2086
+49 2461/61-85407
Last Modified: 19.12.2023