Career Center –

Building your future, together.

Connecting students,
companies, and alumni.

From day one, we support you. As a Bachelor-or Master student we support you in developing your potential for a successful and seamless transition into the working world. As an MBA student we support you in accelerating your career. Focusing on the development and individual needs of our diverse student groups on both campuses, the Career Center organizes a comprehensive range of activities and provides personal career counseling.

We build trust with alumni and corporate partners, fostering long-term relationships that provide value and the chance to forge new connections. Highly ranked and a crucial component of WHU life, the Career Center provides a wealth of knowledge for students seeking guidance as they move forward with their career goals.

Career services – Preparing you for the professional world

We organize dozens of diverse activities each year, ranging from company presentations, career fairs and networking dinners, to on-campus interviews and individual career counseling. We work with alumni and corporate partners to offer you valuable insight into the many facets of professional life and create exciting networking opportunities.

Whether you are completely undecided or already have a specific career path in mind, we will support you along each step of the journey: from finding your first internship to leaving WHU with a solid plan for your professional development. Overall, nearly 70% of current bachelor students found their summer internships through our database or campus events.

A broad range of companies present on campus throughout the year to meet and recruit students. Senior managers and junior employees, including many alumni, as well as HR officers, share their first-hand knowledge of operations, corporate culture, and hiring processes.

Companies hold special presentations the same night for first-semester students, which help you become familiar with new industries, understand the bigger “business” picture, and provide the opportunity to ask more detailed questions. From the second semester onward, you will be able to make connections with company representatives and learn more about their organizations in an informal dinner setting in our renowned vaulted cellar.

In addition, we organize workshops that bring companies together with small groups of students to explore case studies. These events allow students to gain deeper insights into companies in a more intimate setting and make a memorable first impression.

Presentations and workshops in 2018-2019: Arthur D. Little, A.T. Kearney, Bain & Company, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bertelsmann, Boston Consulting Group, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, EY-Parthenon, Goldman Sachs, Horváth & Partners, Hubert Burda Media, INVERTO, J.P. Morgan, Kuehne + Nagel, McKinsey & Company, Morgan Stanley, Oliver Wyman, Perella Weinberg Partners, PIMCO, Procter & Gamble, real.digital, Roland Berger, Singular, Strategy&, Simon-Kucher & Partners, Volkswagen Consulting, and zeb.

We host three major career fairs per year, all with a different focus and company roster. Each event starts with short introductions to give you a first impression of the companies, and then moves to a fair where you can engage directly with representatives about opportunities for internships, thesis projects, and full-time jobs.

Career Day in September targets companies that recruit intermittently or are new to WHU. The mix of companies ensures there is always something of interest for everyone. 2018 participants included Amazon, Chronext, Deloitte, KPMG, Lagardère Sports, PIMCO, RWE, S&P Global, and XTP Implementation Services.

Founders Career Day in November is our most dynamic fair and a large source of internships for bachelor students. Alumni return to campus to recruit for their own ventures, ranging from brand new startups to well-established companies. With career speed dating—short, one-on-one meetings with each company— and on-campus interviews, you have the chance to demonstrate your skills and possibly secure an internship offer directly. Future entrepreneurs can also gain valuable insights and even meet prospective entrepreneurial partners. 2018 participating companies included Alteos, Amalendo, audibene, Cherry Ventures, crealytics, Enpal, Flaschenpost, FOND OF, GesundheitsCloud, Heycar, Homelike, Home 24, Medidate, SpringTech Partners, Tourlane, and Victoria Partners.

Master Your Career in January highlights our long-time partner companies, mostly in industry and services. While offering more sophisticated networking formats for master’s students, the presentations, fair, and career speed dating for advanced bachelor students offer great opportunities to discover mutual interest with company representatives. Attendees in 2019 included Accenture Strategy, A.T. Kearney, BASF, Beiersdorf, Henkel, METRO, Telekom, and XING.

We send a weekly newsletter tailored to each bachelor class about upcoming career events, programs with our partner companies, and recent posts in our job database. Companies post hundreds of internships and jobs each year to our internal database.

During your final year, you will create a profile for our student CV database that partner companies can use to identify interesting profiles and invite students for individual interviews, recruiting events on and off campus, and specific position openings.

On our internal platform, we publish extensive resources and guidance regarding specific career paths and how to research job openings, create convincing application documents, and prepare for interviews. In your first semester, we organize and hold an application training event in partnerships with professionals from renowned companies. Throughout your time at WHU, we invite you to meet with us individually to discuss your ideas and go over your CV and cover letter. We have an open-door policy and are available for personal, confidential counseling.

At WHU, we have a long-standing tradition of students helping each other, which we support by facilitating the exchange of internship information. On our internal platform, many students voluntarily provide information about their internships as well as their availability for contact with individual inquiries.

Alumni are a key part of the close-knit WHU community. We foster relationships among students and alumni by cooperating closely with the In Praxi alumni association, which has 4,500-plus members corresponding to more than 90% of graduates. Alumni often participate in recruiting events on campus, and the strong network plays a large role in your search for internships, jobs, or even partners for entrepreneurial projects. In addition, we sometimes organize informal dialogues with alumni about their personal experiences and career paths.

Career statistics at a glance –
Profiles of the average bachelor class

47%
Take a gap year

  • Internships
  • Travel/ work abroad
  • Entrepreneurial projects
  • Volunteering

26%
Go directly to a master's program

  • 59% of them continue their studies at WHU
  • 41% of them study at another university

22% 
Enter the workforce

  • 7% in Banking and Finance
  • 6% at Start-Up and Online Businesses 
  • 5% in Industry and Services
  • 4% in Consulting

5%
Found their own companies 

Meet our alumni –
Bachelor graduates share their stories.

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Anju
BSc 2012, from nearby Frankfurt am Main, Germany

"Thanks to the vast variety of companies in the career center network I was able to try different industries (consumer goods, consulting, banking, start-up) during my internship and in the end ended up with the company I got to know in my very first week at WHU during a company presentation: Bain & Company. Make best use of everything the career center has to offer (fairs, presentations, networking events, etc.) to find out what you are professionally most interested in."

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Markus
BSc 2012, MSc 2014 (MiM), Doctoral Program 2018, from Mönchengladbach, Germany

"The WHU Career Center was of tremendous value to me during my studies at WHU. The numerous career events allowed me to gain insights into many fields, which was complemented by the personal career advice as well as the broad network of the Career Center.”

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Henrik
BSc 2017, from Mayen, Germany

“Even two years after graduating I still can’t get rid of WHU. The WHU network plays an important role in my professional and private life: I’m extremely thankful for the people I got and get to know.”

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Frequently Asked Questions –
Additional career-related information.

Please find below commonly asked questions and answers about our WHU Career Center and the services we offer.

Last year, nearly 60 companies in consulting, banking and financial services, large industry and services, German small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and start-ups participated in our events on Campus Vallendar. Most top-tier consultancies and investment banks recruit here every year, and several large industrials regularly participate in our fairs (see information on fairs above for current examples). Companies also support student events such as Campus for Finance and other “Campus for” conferences, forumWHU, IdeaLab!, and SensAbility.

Internships range across industries, companies, and locations depending on individual interests and needs. Banking and finance, marketing and sales, business development, strategy and consulting, and supply chain management are all common sectors, and a large group of students also intern with start-ups. 

You will have two mandatory internship periods as a bachelor student, each a minimum of 4 weeks. One of the internships must be outside of the German-speaking region. Most students do 10-12 weeks in the summer between May and August, depending on their class schedule, exchange semester, and vacation plans. 
 

Pre-internships range across business-related industries, companies, and functions, similar to internships completed during the study program. Very often, candidates find pre-internships in smaller or mid-sized companies in their hometown or region.

Unfortunately, we cannot help finding pre-internships due to limited capacity. Moreover, only enrolled students receive access to our resources on WHU’s intranet, including the job database. Our colleagues in the admissions office can provide written confirmation that a pre-internship is mandatory for WHU’s admissions – just send an email to bachelor(at)whu.edu. Sometimes this helps companies adhere to their internal guidelines and regulations.

Our job database regularly features international internships and jobs, and we inform all of our partner companies about this specific student interest and need. Companies visiting WHU usually represent the German branches and often recruit mainly for the German-speaking market. One main exception is that most international banks come with their European recruitment teams. Some companies that come to campus, especially large industrials with international operations and accelerators/venture groups with portfolio companies abroad, may recruit for international internships alongside their traditional offers.

After each internship, you will write a report that can then be read by fellow students. Students are often also available to answer individual inquiries about their internships. Very often, students can open doors for each other and provide valuable practical advice about the international internship experience.

When considering where to go, do not forget that you need permission to work legally in that country. We cannot assist with work visas – you should arrange that directly with your employer. Non-EU citizens may face additional challenges in Europe since the German student visa only allows you to work in Germany (and not other EU countries).

More and more bachelor students are deciding to take a gap year after graduation rather than directly continuing their education or entering the workplace. The possibilities for a gap year are endless, but many graduates use this time to clarify their professional interests through several internships or gain additional practical experience, develop entrepreneurial projects, travel, or work for nonprofit organizations. A number of our partner companies also organize attractive and popular gap year programs.

WHU’s alumni organization In Praxi has more than 4,500 members corresponding to over 90% of graduates from all programs. Our alumni are active across all industries including consulting, banking and financial services, industry and services, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and family business, as well as some in non-profit organizations, public service, and academia. WHU has a strong history of entrepreneurship and we count a number of founders among our alumni. While the majority of our alumni live in Germany, the network covers more than 65 countries across six continents. With nearly 30 regional chapters and increasing, In Praxi organizes events for local members around the world

The student visa allows you to complete your mandatory internships in Germany, as well as work for an additional 120 days per calendar year while enrolled at WHU. Due to the program’s intensity, it is unrealistic to pursue part-time employment during the semester. EU citizens (plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) have unrestricted access to the labor market in Germany and the rest of the EU. In general, non-EU citizens can remain in Germany to look for employment for 18 months after graduation and are entitled to work in a business-related field. Check the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs for up-to-date information on work eligibility.

Without question, the more German you speak, the more opportunities you will have. Prospects differ by industry, company, and position. Regardless of German skills, companies here look for candidates with strong intercultural competence who will succeed in the local workplace.

All top-tier consultancies and most banks require business fluency; some specialized consultancies will consider candidates with solid but not fluent German. Select business areas, such as transaction advisory, or more specialized financial services firms may hire students with limited German skills. Large industrial companies and medium-sized “hidden champions” that compete globally may also be flexible, depending on the company, sector, and functional area. Start-ups, especially in Berlin, are often open to those with limited German.

It is possible to become business fluent in German during the three-year program, but requires a lot of discipline. WHU offers free German courses for students at various levels. Improving your German as much as possible is imperative if you plan to stay here after graduation, as every increase will open more employment opportunities. An additional option for international students is to take an intensive German course after graduation.

Career services – Preparing you to enter the professional world

We organize dozens of diverse activities each year, ranging from company presentations, career fairs and networking dinners, to on-campus interviews and individual career counseling. We work with alumni and corporate partners to create exciting networking opportunities and develop your professional path forward.

Whether you have a specific career path in mind or are unsure about opportunities to pursue, we will support you along each step of the journey. We focus strongly on networking and developing skills for a smooth transition to a professional career. Overall, more than 80% of master’s students last year did their summer internship at companies that attended campus events or posted offers in our job database.

A broad range of companies present on campus throughout the year to meet and recruit students. Senior managers and junior employees, including many alumni, as well as HR officers, share their first-hand knowledge of operations, corporate culture, and hiring processes. After the presentation, you will be able to make connections with company representatives and learn more about their organizations in an informal dinner setting in our renowned vaulted cellar.

In addition, we organize workshops that bring companies together with small groups of students to explore case studies. These events allow students to gain deeper insights into companies in a more intimate setting and make a memorable first impression.

Presentations and workshops in 2018-19: Arthur D. Little, A.T. Kearney, Bain & Company, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bertelsmann, Boston Consulting Group, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, EY-Parthenon, Goldman Sachs, Horváth & Partners, Hubert Burda Media, INVERTO, J.P. Morgan, Kuehne + Nagel, McKinsey & Company, Morgan Stanley, Oliver Wyman, Perella Weinberg Partners, PIMCO, Procter & Gamble, real.digital, Roland Berger, Singular, Strategy&, Simon-Kucher & Partners, Volkswagen Consulting, and zeb.

We host three major career fairs per year, all with a different focus and company roster. Each event starts with short introductions to give you a first impression of the companies, and then moves to a fair where you can engage directly with representatives about opportunities for internships, thesis projects, and full-time jobs.

Career Day in September targets companies that recruit intermittently or are new to WHU. The mix of companies ensures there is always something of interest for everyone. 2018 participants included Amazon, Chronext, Deloitte, KPMG, Lagardère Sports, PIMCO, RWE, S&P Global, and XTP Implementation Services.

Founders Career Day in November is our most dynamic fair. Alumni return to campus to recruit for their own ventures, ranging from brand new startups to well-established companies. With career speed dating and on-campus interviews, you have the chance to demonstrate your skills and possibly secure an internship offer directly. Future entrepreneurs can also gain valuable insights and even meet prospective entrepreneurial partners. 2018 participating companies included Alteos, Amalendo, audibene, Cherry Ventures, crealytics, Enpal, Flaschenpost, FOND OF, GesundheitsCloud, Heycar, Homelike, Home 24, Medidate, SpringTech Partners, Tourlane, and Victoria Partners.

Master Your Career in January highlights our long-time partner companies, mostly in industry and services. As the name suggests, the event targets master’s students with special formats including workshops, a networking dinner, and on-campus interviews. Attendees in 2019 included Accenture Strategy, A.T. Kearney, BASF, Beiersdorf, Henkel, METRO, Telekom, and XING.

We send a weekly newsletter tailored to the Master Program about upcoming career events, programs with our partner companies, and recent posts in our job database. Companies post hundreds of internships and jobs each year to our internal database.

During your first semester, you will create a profile for our student CV database that partner companies can use to identify interesting profiles and invite students for individual interviews, recruiting events on and off campus, and specific position openings.

We offer a variety of training classes and interactive presentations to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary for a strong start to your professional life. Each fall we hold group sessions about preparing application documents, and invite you to meet with us to discuss your ideas and documents one-on-one. With our open-door policy, we are available to all students for personal, confidential career counseling.

For international students, we organize several events to prepare you specifically for entering the German job market. At our International Alumni Roundtable, recent graduates with international backgrounds share their experiences, search strategies, and challenges they faced. In addition, we offer a unique role-playing session to explain German employers’ expectations and prepare you for networking in Germany.

On our internal platform, we publish extensive resources and guidance regarding specific career paths and how to research job openings, create convincing application documents, and prepare for interviews.

At WHU, we have a long-standing tradition of students helping each other, which we support by facilitating the exchange of internship information. On our internal platform, many students voluntarily provide information about their internships as well as their availability for contact with individual inquiries.

Alumni are a key part of the close-knit WHU community. We foster relationships among students and alumni by cooperating closely with the In Praxi alumni association, which has 4,500-plus members corresponding to more than 90% of graduates. Alumni often participate in recruiting events on campus, and the strong network plays a large role in your search for internships, jobs, or even partners for entrepreneurial projects.

Career statistics at a glance –
Profiles of the average master's class.

Prior to their master's class

11months Internship
experience

30% Full-time
work experience

14% Apprenticeship or dual studies
programs

10% Founded
Companies

Upon graduation

89%
received a job offer w/in 3 months

78%
start work in Germany

Average starting salary of our graduates: €61,200

First steps after graduation

Master in Management

Master in Finance

Meet our alumni –
Master’s graduates share their stories.

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Caroline
MSc 2016 (MiM), from Northeim, Germany

“I always wanted to work for a company where I could not only learn and develop, but where I would truly feel a cultural and personal fit. The career center helped me to find just that by offering plenty of opportunities to really get to know companies and their people.”

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Markus
BSc 2012, MSc 2014 (MiM), Doctoral Program 2018, from Mönchengladbach, Germany

"The WHU Career Center was of tremendous value to me during my studies at WHU. The numerous career events allowed me to gain insights into many fields, which was complemented by the personal career advice as well as the broad network of the Career Center.”

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Katrin
MSc 2017 (MiM), from Moosburg an der Isar, Germany

“The WHU Career Center staff was amazingly helpful in my search for a job - they told me to follow my gut and not to let myself get talked into something that wasn't me. That was some of the best advice I ever got!”

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Zhen
MSc 2017 (MiF), from Chongqing, China

“The Career Center was an incredible stepping stone for my professional path in Germany. After attending their events, meeting companies and alumni and getting feedback on my application documents I felt very well prepared to jump into the application process.”

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Ajita
MSc 2017 (MiM), from Kathmandu, Nepal

“The career center helped me network not only during my time at WHU but also after my graduation when I was learning German.”

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Younes
MSc 2018 (MiF), Frankfurt am Main, Germany

“Possibilities open up if you remain open and positive. I made sure to get to know lots of different people at WHU and during my exchange term. Luckily, I was able to build some truly meaningful connections that have made a big difference for me both personally as well as career-wise."

Curriculum Vitae

Frequently Asked Questions –
Additional career-related information.

Please find below commonly asked questions and answers about our WHU Career Center and the services we offer.

Last year, nearly 60 companies in consulting, banking and financial services, large industry and services, German SMEs, and start-ups participated in our events on Campus Vallendar. Most top-tier consultancies and investment banks recruit here every year, and a number of large industrials regularly participate in our fairs. Companies also support student events such as Campus for Finance and other “Campus for” conferences, forumWHU, IdeaLab!, and SensAbility.

Internships range across industries, companies, and locations depending on individual interests and needs. Internships generally reflect the industry breakdowns above for jobs after graduation. Management consulting, banking and finance, areas related to strategy and business development, marketing, and supply chain management are all common, but we also usually have students in other business areas. The majority of master’s students do their internships in Germany.

Your mandatory internship is six weeks (four weeks for the 90-credit track), however most students do 10-12 weeks in the summer from early May to mid-August. You can do a second internship in January/February of your second year and can also gain extra practical experience by writing your thesis in cooperation with a company.

Positions vary greatly by individual and industry. In consulting as well as banking and finance, students usually assume typical entry-level positions for master’s graduates. In industry and service companies, students often start in strategy-related roles, staff units, or top management trainee programs. Advisory, senior-level, and entrepreneur-in-residence functions are more common at start-ups and accelerators.

WHU’s alumni organization In Praxi has more than 4,500 members corresponding to over 90% of graduates from all programs. Our alumni are active across all industries including consulting, banking and financial services, industry and services, SMEs, and family business, as well as some in non-profit organizations, public service, and academia. WHU has a strong history of entrepreneurship and we count a large number of founders among our alumni. While the majority of alumni lives in Germany, the network covers more than 65 countries across six continents. With nearly 30 regional chapters and increasing, In Praxi organizes events for local members around the world.

Our recruiting activities generally focus on positions in the German-speaking (DACH) region, except for investment banks that also currently hire for London. Some of our partner companies with international operations may be able to provide opportunities for employment in other countries, with the exception of consultancies, which recruit almost exclusively for the DACH region.

We can counsel you individually on applications for the European, UK, and North American markets. Nearly 15% of recent German graduates started their career outside Germany, roughly split evenly among the UK, USA, Austria/Switzerland, and other countries. Moreover, many of our alumni complete international trainee rotations or move abroad with their company after several years in Germany.

We strongly encourage students from outside the EU to focus their search on the German market or their home country. Non-EU citizens face a number of challenges finding work in other EU countries, including language constraints, lower employment rates, and differing visa requirements since the German student visa only allows you to work in Germany (and not other EU countries). In the past, some students—mainly EU citizens with freedom of movement—started jobs in Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia.

We offer several training sessions specifically for international students, and constantly update our guidance based on your needs. With individual counseling, we guide you towards appropriate companies and sectors depending on your interests, skills, and background. Moreover, we encourage recruiters to highlight suitable positions for candidates not fluent in German. We advise you to improve your language skills as much as possible if you plan to stay in Germany after graduation.

The number of international alumni in Germany is increasing and they are valuable resources for learning about opportunities, challenges, and best practices. Approximately half of recent international master’s graduates started work in Germany and about 75% started in Europe. Our experience shows that most international students start work outside their home country.

The student visa allows you to complete your mandatory internship in Germany, as well as work for an additional 120 days per calendar year while enrolled at WHU. Due to the program’s intensity, it is unrealistic to pursue part-time employment during the semester. EU citizens (plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) have unrestricted access to the German labor market.

In general, non-EU citizens can remain in Germany to look for employment for 18 months after graduation and are entitled to work in a business-related field. WHU graduates often meet the requirements to obtain an EU Blue Card for Germany. EU citizens (plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) have unrestricted access to the German labor market. Check the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs for up-to-date information on work eligibility.

Without question, the more German you speak, the more opportunities you will have. Prospects differ by industry, company, and position, but language requirements are becoming less strict as the labor market tightens. Regardless of German skills, companies here look for candidates with strong intercultural competence who will succeed in the local workplace.

All top-tier consultancies and most banks require business fluency; some specialized consultancies will consider candidates with solid but not fluent German. Only a handful of international alumni started work in consulting, and most did so abroad. Select business areas, such as transaction advisory, or more specialized financial services firms may hire students with limited German skills. Large industrial companies and medium-sized “hidden champions” that compete globally may also be flexible, depending on the company, sector, and functional area. Start-ups, especially in Berlin, are often open to those with limited German.

You will have a demanding schedule that limits the time available for extra studies. In our experience, students who already speak German can enhance their skills while living here, but it is nearly impossible for beginners to become business fluent. Improving your German as much as possible is imperative if you plan to stay here after graduation, as each higher level of fluency will open more employment opportunities.

We strongly encourage you to attend the low-cost, two-week German courses—offered at beginner and intermediate levels—on campus before you start the Master Program. International students should participate in WHU’s free German courses, which are offered at various levels. Some international students will take intensive German courses after graduation, before starting work.

Career services – Preparing you to enter the professional world

The WHU MBA Career Center is the best in Germany, earning the number one rating in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2019.

This outstanding result demonstrates our alumni’s satisfaction with the effectiveness of our career services in terms of career counseling, personal development, networking events, internship search, and recruitment.

The MBA marks an important and exciting turning point in your career. Whether you aspire to move up the career ladder in your current field, change industry, job function or location, or become a successful entrepreneur, our top-ranked MBA Career Center (Financial Times 2018) is dedicated to helping you turn your career ambitions into reality. We will support you in carving out a career path in line with your personal goals, and that enables you to have a positive impact on the world. We have created the “Triple M” career roadmap that outlines how we will assist you in your career journey.

Your challenges:

  • What are my VIPS ? (values, interests, personality, skills)
  • What are my career options?
  • How do I identify my career vision?

Our support:

  • Self-assessment tools, e.g. Birkman Profile, Career Maximiser
  • Career orientation workshop
  • One-on-one coaching

Your challenges:

  • How do I develop networking strategies and connect with relevant people?
  • How can I build the ultimate LinkedIn profile?
  • Where do I find information about industries and companies?

Our support:

  • Career workshops (Networking, LinkedIn, presentation skills, job search strategy)
  • One-on-one coaching
  • Alumni Talks
  • Company presentations
  • Career Fairs

Your challenges:

  • How do I create the perfect CV?
  • How do I ace the interview?
  • Where can I get support with salary negotiations

Our support:

  • Career workshops (Application training, interview skills)
  • Mock interviews
  • One-on-one coaching
  • Company presentations
  • Career Fairs
  • Career Newsletter with job postings
  • CV database
  • External suppliers: VMock, PayNegotiation, MBA Exchange

Our services at a glance.

A broad range of companies present on campus throughout the year to meet and recruit students. Senior managers and junior employees—many of whom are alumni—as well as HR officers share their first-hand insights into the operations, corporate culture, and hiring processes. Afterwards, company representatives and students then meet for an informal get-together, giving students the opportunity to make connections with company representatives and learn more about working in their organization.

A broad range of companies present on campus throughout the year to meet and recruit students. Senior managers and junior employees, including many alumni, as well as HR officers, share their first-hand knowledge of operations, corporate culture, and hiring processes. Afterwards, company representatives and students then meet for an informal get-together, giving students the opportunity to make connections with company representatives and learn more about working in their organization.

Selected presentations and workshops in 2018-19: Accenture, AlixPartners, Amazon, BASF SE, CAMELOT Management Consultants, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Henkel, HERE Technologies, Huawei, Infosys, Innogy Consulting, mm1 Consulting & Management, thyssenkrupp, UBS, and Vodafone.

We host three major career fairs per year, all with a different focus and company roster. Each event starts with short introductions to give you a first impression of the companies, and then moves to a fair where you can engage directly with representatives about opportunities for internships, thesis projects, and full-time jobs.

Career Day in September targets companies that recruit intermittently or are new to WHU. The mix of companies ensures there is always something of interest for everyone. 2018 participants included Amazon, Chronext, Deloitte, KPMG, Lagardère Sports, PIMCO, RWE, S&P Global, and XTP Implementation Services.

Founders Career Day in November is our most dynamic fair. Alumni return to campus to recruit for their own ventures, ranging from brand new startups to well-established companies. With career speed dating and on-campus interviews, you have the chance to demonstrate your skills and possibly secure an internship offer directly. Future entrepreneurs can also gain valuable insights and even meet prospective entrepreneurial partners. 2018 participating companies included Alteos, Amalendo, audibene, Cherry Ventures, crealytics, Enpal, Flaschenpost, FOND OF, GesundheitsCloud, Heycar, Homelike, Home 24, Medidate, SpringTech Partners, Tourlane, and Victoria Partners.

Master Your Career in January highlights our long-time partner companies, mostly in industry and services. As the name suggests, the event targets MSc and MBA students with special formats including workshops, a networking dinner, and on-campus interviews. Attendees in 2019 included Accenture Strategy, AT Kearney, BASF, Beiersdorf, Henkel, METRO, Telekom, and XING.

We send a weekly newsletter tailored to the MBA Program about upcoming career events, programs with our partner companies, and recent posts in our job database. Companies post hundreds of internships and jobs each year to our internal database.

Once you are on campus, you will create a profile for our student CV database that our partner companies use to identify interesting profiles and invite students for individual interviews, recruiting events on and off campus, and specific position openings.

We offer a variety of training classes and interactive workshops to equip you with skills and knowledge to advance your career. We offer career orientation workshops, networking and LinkedIn workshops, as well as presentation skills, interview skills and assessment center workshops. We hold group sessions about preparing application documents, and invite you to meet with us to discuss your ideas and documents one-on-one. We are available to all students for personal, confidential career coaching.

For international students, we organize several events to prepare you specifically for entering the German job market. Our job search strategy workshop clarifies German employer expectations, teaches you how to identify target companies and prepares you for networking in Germany. We support you in tailoring your application documents to German requirements and we cooperate with the Expat Service Desk Düsseldorf which offers information and advice on living and working in Germany.

On our internal platform, we publish extensive resources and guidance for each stage of your internship or job search process, including access to self-assessment tools such as CareerMaximiser, CV Check tools such as VMock, and salary negotiation tools such as PayNegotiation. Our internal platform also gives you access to MBA Exchange where you can research job openings specifically tailored for MBA students. 

Alumni are a key part of the close-knit WHU community. We foster relationships among students and alumni by cooperating closely with the In Praxi alumni association, which has 4,500-plus members corresponding to more than 90% of graduates. Alumni often participate in recruiting events on campus, and the strong network plays a large role in your search for internships, jobs, or even partners for entrepreneurial projects.

Career statistics at a glance –
Key employment figures of our graduates.

Average salary

€74,760
 

Salary increase

106%

Triple Change

31% of our graduates changed
function, sector, and location

Career Changes upon graduation (%)

Further insights

For more details regarding employment statistics after you graduated with your WHU MBA - please download our Employment Report.

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Meet our alumni –
MBA graduates share their stories.

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Evelyn Zhao
MBA 2017-2018

“Throughout my MBA journey I found the MBA Career Center extremely helpful in providing one-to-one career consulting and arranging career and networking events. As a foreign student studying in Germany, I benefitted greatly from the insights into the German job market, job application requirements, salary expectations and networking approach.”

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Michael Jonas
MBA 2015

“Over the course of the MBA program, I was able to make good use of WHU’s Career Service offerings for my transition into consulting: The company presentations, direct contacts to WHU alumni, case interview trainings, and consistent access to a sympathetic ear were extremely helpful.”

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Nadia Alarcon
MBA 2018

 “There isn’t a day where I have regretted my decision to earn my MBA at WHU.  Thanks to the MBA Career Center Team, I gained a significant boost to my career and found a job beyond my expectations that provides professional development and growth opportunities, and a considerable return on my investment on my MBA.”

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Umair Abbas
MBA 2017

“The WHU MBA Career Center, through its numerous networking and counseling events, enabled me to identify the perfect job fit through close interactions with successful industry professionals and alumni. The career services helped me to achieve triple switch post MBA in terms of location, function and industry.”

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Frequently Asked Questions –
Additional career-related information.

Please find below commonly asked questions and answers about our WHU Career Center and the services we offer.

Last year, more than 60 companies in consulting, banking and financial services, large industry and services, German SMEs, and start-ups participated in our events on Campus Vallendar and Campus Düsseldorf. Companies also support student-led events such as the Entrepreneurship Roundtable.

As an MBA student you will have gained several years of work experience and therefore our program does not include a mandatory internship. However, based on our experience we recommend that international MBA students in particular, as well as those who want to change their industry and/or job function, should consider doing an internship. You can combine your master thesis with an internship. This will provide you the opportunity to network, and by performing well you enhance your chances of gaining full-time employment afterwards.

Positions vary greatly by individual and industry. In industry and service companies, students often start in strategy-related roles, leadership programs or in business analyst, business development, marketing, finance or operation-related roles. In consulting, MBA students usually assume Consultant or Senior Consultant positions. Advisory, senior-level, and entrepreneur-in-residence functions are more common at start-ups and accelerators.

WHU’s alumni organization In Praxi has more than 4,500 members corresponding to over 90% of graduates from all programs. Our alumni are active across all industries including consulting, banking and financial services, industry and services, SMEs, and family business, as well as some in non-profit organizations, public service, and academia. WHU has a strong history of entrepreneurship and we count a large number of founders among our alumni. While the majority of alumni lives in Germany, the network covers more than 65 countries across six continents. With nearly 30 regional chapters and increasing, In Praxi organizes events for local members around the world.

Our recruiting activities generally focus on positions in the German-speaking (DACH-Germany, Austria, Switzerland) region. Some of our partner companies with international operations may be able to provide opportunities for employment in other countries, except consultancies, which recruit almost exclusively for the DACH region.

We can counsel you individually on applications for the European, UK, and North American markets. We strongly encourage students from outside the EU to focus their search on the German market or their home country. Non-EU citizens face a number of challenges finding work in other EU countries, including language constraints, lower employment rates, and differing visa requirements since the German student visa only allows you to work in Germany (and not other EU countries). In the past, some students—mainly EU citizens with freedom of movement—started jobs in Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia.

We offer several training sessions specifically for international students, and constantly offer guidance based on our experience and understanding of your needs. With individual counseling, we guide you towards appropriate companies and sectors depending on your interests, skills, and background. Moreover, we encourage recruiters to highlight suitable positions for candidates not fluent in German. We advise you to improve your language skills as much as possible if you plan to stay in Germany after graduation.

The number of international alumni in Germany is increasing and they are valuable resources for learning about opportunities, challenges, and best practices. The majority of our MBA graduates started work in Germany, and about 98% started in Europe. Our experience shows that most international students start work outside their home country.

The student visa allows you to complete an internship in Germany, as well as work for an additional 120 days per calendar year while enrolled at WHU. Due to the program’s intensity, it is unrealistic to pursue part-time employment during the semester. EU citizens (plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) have unrestricted access to the German labor market.

In general, non-EU citizens can remain in Germany to look for employment for 18 months after graduation and are entitled to work in a business-related field. WHU graduates often meet the requirements to obtain an EU Blue Card. EU citizens (plus Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) have unrestricted access to the German labor market. Check the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs for up-to-date information on work eligibility.

Without question, the more German you speak, the more opportunities you will have. Prospects differ by industry, company, and position, but language requirements are becoming less strict as the labor market tightens. Regardless of German skills, companies here look for candidates with strong intercultural competence who will succeed in the local workplace.

All top-tier consultancies and most banks require business fluency; some specialized consultancies will consider candidates with solid but not fluent German. Select business areas, such as transaction advisory, or more specialized financial services firms may hire students with limited German skills. Large industrial companies and medium-sized “hidden champions” that compete globally may also be flexible, depending on the company, sector, and functional area. Start-ups, especially in Berlin, are often open to those with limited German.

You will have a demanding schedule that limits the time available for extra studies. In our experience, students who already speak German can enhance their skills while living here, but it is nearly impossible for beginners to become business fluent. Improving your German as much as possible is imperative if you plan to stay here after graduation, as each higher level of fluency will open more employment opportunities.

WHU is committed to supporting your employability after graduation, which is why we have teamed up with the Goethe Institute Düsseldorf. International students have the opportunity to improve their German with the option to participate in a language course for 1-3 months prior to the start of their MBA course. This cooperation not only means guaranteed seats in class, but also discounted tuition fees. Per month of tuition, students pay just €500 and WHU will cover the other half of the cost. Studying German in Germany not only increases the opportunities to practice but also provides cultural learnings alongside language learning, making the course a perfect introduction to living here. To employers, the willingness to learn German demonstrates an enthusiasm to integrate and a commitment to a career in the German-speaking world.

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