Career tip of the month: FIT information service
At this point, we draw attention each month to a website or institution that provides valuable career guidance for students in our Master's program "Ancient Cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean (AKOEM)".
November 2023: Information Service FIT
The information service "Research, International Affairs, Transfer" (FIT) was launched at the University of Kassel in 2003. Since then, a large network of participating universities and research institutions has formed, which benefit from a regular newsletter and a database of current funding information. The University of Münster is also part of this network. A one-time registration with the university e-mail is required for the subscription.
October 2023: Max Weber Stiftung (Max Weber Foundation)
The Max Weber Foundation (MWS) currently gathers under its umbrella eleven institutes with about 300 employees at locations in Beirut, Istanbul, London, Moscow, New Delhi, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Warsaw, and Washington, D.C. These autonomously operating institutes are widely known and renowned as the "German Historical Institute" and the "Oriental Institute". The MWS offers a wide range of support opportunities for young academics: in addition to temporary and permanent positions, various fellowship programs, internships, and forms of academic exchange such as summer schools and seminars are offered.
September 2023: Wissenschaftskommunikation.de
Wissenschaftskommunikation.de is a joint portal of Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD) with the National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The portal is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The field of external science communication is developing very dynamically and professionalizing rapidly. The portal presents current developments and tools and offers information on jobs, training courses and awards in the "Working environment" section.
August 2023: Blue Book Traineeship at the EU
Twice a year, the EU Commission offers five-month paid traineeships. These places are highly coveted, with around 800 applicants for every 40 places for Germans. But you should not be deterred by these numbers. It is important to explain very well in the letter of motivation why you are suitable for the internship. On the basis of the application documents, a decision is made as to whether you will be included in the Blue Book, the database of potential trainees. In the next step, the individual agencies select their trainees from this Blue Book. Afterwards, you are informed whether you have been accepted for a traineeship or not. Some also conduct additional interviews.
July 2023: Platform "academics"
Application, job descriptions, doctorate, salary, further education - on the platform "academics" you will find everything important about your career in the humanities as well as current job offers that suit you. In addition to tips for career starters, tips for a doctorate and an academic career in the humanities are included here.
June 2023: Platform H-Soz-Kult
H-Soz-Kult is a moderated information and communication platform and publishes academic news on the Internet. Job advertisements form one of the largest sections on H-Soz-Kult. Job offers for historians are listed there. Primarily, offers at scientific institutions of research and educational work are published, but also job advertisements of employers of the scientific infrastructure find their place here.
May 2023: Archaeologist at an excavation company
In Germany, the expert advice and support of monument owners, developers, investors, municipalities and authorities as well as the expert assessment of planned projects on monuments is provided by the State Offices for Monument Preservation. In addition, there is the steadily growing field of private excavation companies, in which permanent positions are offered in addition to numerous temporary ones.
April 2023: Diplomat at the Federal Foreign Office
The versatility and breadth of tasks at the Federal Foreign Office continues to be attractive and interesting. The Federal Foreign Office regularly finds itself among the most popular employers in Germany in surveys of applicants. With a Master's degree, you can apply for the Higher Service.
March 2023: German Museums Association
The German Museums Association (DMB) is a nationwide interest group for museums in Germany. It advocates for the creation and preservation of the basic requirements of museums in terms of content, personnel and finances. It advises on museum-related issues and prepares position papers on current topics, develops and coordinates projects with an exemplary or sustainable character. On the website, under the "Careers" tab, there are tips on training and further education as well as a job portal.
February 2023: "Bread Scholars" platform
The platform "Brotgelehrte" by Mareike Menne, who also wrote the guidebook "Berufe für Historiker" ("Careers for Historians"), offers practical and thoughtful information on the topic of "employability" of humanities scholars. A weekly newsletter can be subscribed to, which also contains job offers and event information.
January 2023: Working in the foundation sector
More than 23,000 legally capable foundations under civil law exist in Germany. In addition, there are foundations with other legal forms. More than half of them deal with the topic of "society", about a third can be attributed to "art and culture", and a quarter to "science". These are precisely the areas in which our AKOEM graduates are active. Nevertheless, jobs in foundations are few and far between. A mix of qualifications, motivation, experience as well as networking is essential to land one of the foundation jobs. A few tips on how to make it work can be found here.
December 2022: INTERAMT
This month, we highlight a career portal that was recognized again in 2022 by Focus Business. INTERAMT is the largest job portal for the public sector in Germany, with around 60,000 job offers each year. The name stands for the exchange between authorities and offices. It also offers companies a recruiting tool designed to appeal to the young target group in particular.
November 2022: Higher archives service NRW
Archivists control the formation of records; they are responsible for the indexing, permanent preservation, use and provision of analog and digital records. They promote research and understanding of history through historical education and public relations work. The training of junior staff for the archives is a special concern of the Landesarchiv NRW. Therefore, it offers, among other things, the traineeship for the archives service of the career group 2 (formerly higher archives service) for university graduates.
October 2022: LWL Archaeology for Westphalia
The Landschaftsverband Westfalen Lippe (LWL) offers archaeologists a diverse field of work here on site: discovering, excavating, researching, documenting, protecting and preserving, as well as communicating the latest findings in museums, publications and at a wide variety of events.
September 2022: German Archaeological Institute (DAI)
The DAI is the largest globally active German research[MN4] institute in the field of archaeology, with approximately 350 employees at 20 locations. It promotes young scientists at various stages of their careers. The DAI offers opportunities to work on an excavation or as part of a research project, scholarships and courses for further education.