MBA Career Center
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We connect companies with students.
We help you to define and realize your post-MBA career goals.
As an MBA student, you benefit from a wide range of company presentations and workshops throughout the year. Executives, senior managers, junior employees—inlcuding many WHU alumni—as well as HR managers visit our campus to meet and recruit WHU students. They share their insights into the corporate culture, operations, and hiring processes. Informal get-togethers following the presentations give you a chance to connect with the company representatives and learn more about their organization as well as potential post MBA career opportunities.
Presentations and workshops in 2022-23:
adidas, Allianz, Amazon, BASF, BASF Management Consulting, Bayer Business Consulting, BCG Platinion, BMW Group, crossconsulting, Delivery Hero, DHL Consulting, E.ON In-House Consulting, Emma – The Sleep Company, EY Parthenon, HelloFresh, Henkel, Horn & Company, Infosys, mm1, Monitor Deloitte, NKT, Picnic, PIMCO, PwC Management Consulting, Qiagen, SC Johnson, Tagueri, Telekom CSP, Trivago, Vodafone, Wayfair und Zalando.
Our weekly newsletter informs you about upcoming career and recruitment events, and partner company programs. The newsletter, which is tailored specifically to MBA students, also keeps you up to date on the latest job offerings in our WHU-internal job and internship database, where companies post numerous internships and entry-level jobs each year.
All of our numerous career center activities are designed to equip you with the skillset needed to advance your post MBA career: From career orientation workshops, networking and LinkedIn workshops, as well as assessment center workshops to trainings to hone your presentation skills and interview skills. In small goups, you will learn to optimize your application documents. We also encourage you to meet with us individially to discuss your ideas and go over your application materials. We gladly meet with every MBA student for personal and confidential career counseling.
We offer a variety of events and activities specifically designed to help international students enter the German job market. In our job search strategy workshop, you will learn about German employers’ expectations, to successfully network in Germany, and to identify companies that match your post-MBA career goals. Additionally, we help you create application documents that meet the German application requirements. We also work with the Expat Service Desk Düsseldorf for you to access additional information and services they offer to expats who live and work in Germany.
We offer an extensive range of resources and useful information on our internal platform in support of your internship or job search. On this platform, you will find a number of helpful tools, including self-assessment tools such as CareerMaximiser, CV check tools such as VMock, and salary negotiation tools such as PayNegotiation. Additionally, it provides access to MBA Exchange, a platform designed for MBA students to research and identify post-MBA career opportunities.
Our alumni are an integral part of the WHU community. In close collaboration with the In Praxi alumni association, which includes more than 6,000 members (around 90% of WHU graduates), we foster networking between students and alumni, of which many frequently participate in recruiting events on campus. This strong and unique network plays a significant role in finding internships, jobs, or even partners for entrepreneurial projects.
Frequently Asked Questions – Further information on Career Topics.
On average, around 30 companies in consulting, banking and financial services, large industry and services, German SMEs, and start-ups participated in events for our MBA students on Campus Düsseldorf. Those are just a few of the many types of companies that snap up our global-business-ready graduates each year.
Only if you want to. You already have a good amount of professional experience, after all. But if one would benefit you – say, if you want to change roles, or are looking to enter a different industry – we give you the option to. You have the opportunity to combine your Master's thesis with an internship, which will provide you the chance to network, and if you do well you might be offered a position afterwards.
Really, it depends where you want to take your career. Our MBA alumni assume a broad range of positions directly after graduation, depending on their individual goals and interests as well as on the industry.
For example, in industry and service companies, students often start their post-MBA career in strategy-related roles, participate in leadership programs or work in business analyst, business development, marketing, finance or operations-related roles. In the field of consulting, MBA students usually assume Consultant or Senior Consultant positions, as consulting companies often have a strict hierarchical structure. At start-up companies and accelerators, graduates typically assume advisory, senior-level, and entrepreneur-in-residence functions.
To date, WHU’s alumni organization In Praxi has more than 6,000 members, equaling approximately 90% of graduates from all of our academic programs at WHU. They all have different roles in various industries, including consulting, banking and financial services, industry and services, SMEs and family businesses, the non-profit and the public service sectors, and academia.
At WHU, we also have a strong history of fostering entrepreneurship, many of our alumni have founded their own company. Members of our alumni community can be found working in over 60 countries across six continents. Most, though, live and pursue successful careers here in Germany. For those alumni, In Praxi organizes a number of events worldwide through their 35 regional chapters.
Usually, our recruiting activities focus on the German-speaking (DACH: Germany, Austria, Switzerland) region. Consultancies, in particlar, tend to recruit solely for this region. However, some of our partner companies operate internationally and thus, may be able to provide job opportunities in other countries, too. Some of our students—primarily EU citizens who don't face any visa issues and can move freely within the EU—started their post-MBA careers in Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia.
We are happy to help you prepare applications for the European, UK, and North American markets. International MBA students from outside the EU are advised to focus their post-MBA career search on either Germany or their home country, as non-EU citizens face challenges when looking for jobs in other EU countries, including language barriers, different job markets, and strict visa requirements. A German student visa only allows you to work in Germany and not in any other EU countries.
Career workshops. One-to-one career coaching sessions. German language classes. They will teach you what you need to succeed in the German job market. Then, when you are ready to take the leap, you will work with your career coach to make it happen. And you can count on our globe-spanning alumni network, InPraxi for help and guidance. Whenever you need it.
The majority of our MBA graduates started their post-MBA careers in Germany or Europe. Most of our international students start working outside their home country after graduation.
For international students, we have designed several trainings and workshops. Our approach to guiding you is based on our experience and our understanding of your needs. In one-on-one counseling sessions, we help you identify appropriate companies and sectors, based on your individual skills, background, and career goals. Additionally, we work with the recruiters from our partner companies to point out positions for candidates who aren't fluent in German, however, we recommend that you improve your language skills as much as you can to prepare yourself for working in Germany after completing your MBA.
The number of our international alumni in Germany is constantly increasing. Many of them are happy to share their own experience and insights and are a valuable resource for you to learn about opportunities, challenges, and best practices.
Here are the main ones. If you are from an EU country, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, or Liechtenstein, you can work in Germany restriction-free. Otherwise, your student visa will give you the freedom to do an internship and work up to 120 days a year while enrolled.
After you graduate, you can stay in Germany for up to 18 months to look for a job. Your one-on-one coaching sessions will help you get there. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs are where you can find all the most up-to-date information about work and visas.
No, but the better your German, the better your chances. That is why WHU offers German classes to help you bring yours up-to-scratch if it is not there already. Top-tier consultancies and banks prefer fluency, but you will learn how to look for positions that don't require fluent German. It is also worth remembering that intercultural skills are becoming more and more valuable job market assets.
WHU offers German courses for different proficiency levels throughout the program, in order to enhance your profile for the German job market.
The available courses include:
- 1-3 German language course(s) offered by the Goethe Institute. WHU partially sponsors up to €550 per course. The remaining cost must be covered by the student.
- integrated German language classes (included in tuition)
- one-year access to online platform Rosetta Stone to complement German language studies at your own pace
If you would like more information, please contact the recruiting team.
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