Are you nearing the end of your studies? Would you like to prepare yourself for the job market? You can find tips and tools for a successful start to your professional life here.
You can start your professional life in a variety of ways. Some start with an internship, a trainee program or a voluntary service. Others find a temporary or permanent job directly, which is possible on a part-time or full-time basis.
Information on entry-level positions can also be found on the websites of the respective universities:
- University of Bern – Career Service of the University of Bern
- Bern University of Applied Sciences – Career Services
- Bern University of Teacher Education – Career entry (in German)
Another useful webpage on career entry is «berufsberatung.ch»:
We recommend a combination of several approaches when looking for a job. Besides visiting specific webpages of your desired companies, you have the following options:
- Job advertisements on public notice boards and billboards.
- Job advertisements on public bulletin boards and billboards etc)
- Job advertisements online, on (industry-specific) portals and platforms
- Blind applications to companies where no job is advertised
- Activation of your personal network (also via social media)
- Informal interviews
Further information and job portals can be found here:
Networking plays an important role in your job search. Both private and professional contacts can help. Contacting people in the targeted professional field is a good way to find out about areas of activity, projects or vacancies. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Who is already part of my network?
- Which of them can assist me in achieving my goal?
- How can I expand my (professional) network in a targeted way?
- How can I make contacts in my desired industry or at my desired company?
Networking does not automatically mean that someone will be able to find you a job directly. Your network can also help you in other ways. For example, by reading your application documents.