▷ Certificate course “Work it out!”: “University pearl of the month” November goes to Oldenburg

29.11.2021 – 10:09

Donors’ Association for German Science

Essen / Berlin (ots)

The university pearl “Transitions in Times of Pandemic” from the Stifterverband will go to the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (UOL) in Lower Saxony in November. The award goes to the certificate course “Work it out! Career entry in Germany (for international students with and without refugee experience)”, which the Central Student and Career Advisory Service (ZSKB) developed in cooperation with the International Office of the UOL. The project helps prepare participants for the transition into professional life. In order to be able to develop the course in line with the target group, the team first surveyed the needs of international students with a university-wide online survey. A low-threshold online application process was then launched and the course participants were selected.

Knowledge transfer, advice and networking form the central building blocks of the project. The certificate course sees the special challenges of pandemic-related learning at a distance as an opportunity. The participants are brought together across several continents with various digital seminars and learning methods, as not all students were able to (re) enter due to the pandemic. The seminar and workshop program aims to impart knowledge about the regional labor market and the ability to orientate oneself on it. The offers range from events to determine one’s own competence profile and individual professional interests, to deepening skills in job search, to drawing up application documents and preparing for job interviews. This also includes intercultural training and the imparting of knowledge about the rights of employees or in the area of ​​anti-discrimination. Former students and graduates of the university gave the participants an insight into their professional practice. In addition, course participants have the opportunity to get to know regional companies and potential employers. At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate with which you can prove the expertise you have gained on the German labor market.

The certificate course ‘Work it out!’ is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the INTEGRA program with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

“With the exemplary peer group approach, the UOL succeeds in keeping the students together online. The fixed group of course participants offers structure, familiarity and constant networking, especially in times of pandemic-related loss of campus life,” said the jury of the Stifterverband zu their decision to award the “University Pearl of the Month” November to the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. “At the same time, the project gives the participants the chance to actively prepare for their career entry despite the pandemic.”

More information on the “Work it out!” can be found at:


What is a college pearl?

University pearls are innovative, exemplary projects that are implemented in a university. Because they are small, they are rarely registered beyond the university walls. Because they shine, they can and should also adorn other universities. The Stifterverband presents a university pearl every month. Once a year, the “University Pearl of the Year” is chosen from the monthly pearls. In 2021, the Stifterverband is looking for projects on the topic of “Transitions in Times of the Pandemic”. Both the beginning of the studies and the degree and entry into the profession are currently a particular challenge. Many universities have developed original and new offers for this. The Stifterverband wants to make these initiatives and ideas nationally visible with the “University Pearl of the Month” and inspire other universities.


Press contact:

Nina Kollas
T 030 322982-305
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Contact Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg:

Lukas Engelmeier
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Original content by: Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, transmitted by news aktuell


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