During the course of your studies, you will acquire a great deal of knowledge through lectures and the successful completion of your studies is a qualification that allows you to apply for employment. However, employers do not only pay attention to the degree, but also to certificates and practical experience that you have acquired through your voluntary commitment. The University of Duisburg-Essen offers you a wide range of opportunities that you can use to qualify for the job market in addition to your studies. Among other things, you will have the opportunity to obtain project management certificates or SAP certificates. Another possibility for further education is the start-up camp, where you will acquire various soft skills and develop innovative start-up ideas in student groups. The Institute for Optional Studies offers a wide variety of language courses and other supplementary courses. If you would like to put your theoretical knowledge into practice, you should take a look at the student consultancy act e.V..
The demand for university graduates with SAP skills is growing rapidly. An SAP certificate helps you to start a successful career because it sets you apart from other graduates and significantly increases your market value.
As a participant, you will not only learn the theory you need to pass the official SAP certification exam. You will also have the opportunity to work intensively on a real SAP system over the entire four months of the course and thus develop important practical skills in working with the system.
Putting theoretical knowledge and creative ideas into practice: This opportunity is offered to you by "act e.V.", a student consultancy that brings together students from various departments of the university. The idea of the student consultancy was born in the sixties. Today, the concept, which originated in France, is widespread worldwide - and has been successful in Germany since 1988.
As a consultant in project groups, you develop tailor-made solutions for companies, always with a view to sustainable success.
During your studies you have to do some modules which are not part of your domain. The credits for "key and soft skills" can be gained by courses of the Institute for Optional Studies (IOS).
The IOS offers a lot of different courses. Important is to submit your application before the end of the application phase, which usually takes place some weeks before the semester start.
The IS:link network organizes a course of five days (Winter School for Bachelor students) and another course of nine days (Summer School for Bachelor and Master students) together with a partner university of the network every year. These courses take place at partner universities and are planned for the semester breaks.
The focus of the courses changes every year. At the end of the course it is required to take part in a final exam. So the attendees can use the course for their graduation (under reserve of the commitment of the examination office). Additionally it's a chance to find new friends. You can inform yourself about planned Summer/Winter Schools on the websites of the IS:link network.
If you are already interested in IT management topics during your studies and would like to deepen your practical knowledge, you can obtain various certifications for IT management standards such as ITL, ISO 20000, COBIT or PRINCE2 in addition to your studies. The Chair of Information Systems and Strategic IT Management offers dedicated students consulting and support in order to participate in this attractive offer of Serview GmbH.
The Chair for E-Business and E-Entrepreneurship has a special offer for prospective company founders: Within the framework of a two-day camp, students are given the opportunity to acquire the methodological and social skills they need to found a start-up and to survive in the net economy. Students learn what is important for the development and presentation of convincing business ideas and receive feedback on the potential of their own ideas and competencies.