Career Service

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Career Service of the Hochschule Niederrhein

The Career Service of the Hochschule Niederrhein is part of the University Center for Teaching Education (HLL). On September 1, 2014, in cooperation with the Krefeld Employment Agency, the Career Service Counseling Center was initially established on the Krefeld South Campus. On October 1, 2015, the second step was the opening of the new Career Service advising center on the Mönchengladbach campus together with the Mönchengladbach Employment Agency as a further cooperation partner.

The Career Service thus offers our students and graduates at the university campuses in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach a comprehensive range of information and advice on the following topics:

Career counseling:

  • Graduate placement
  • Pre-study internships and internship semesters
  • Bachelor's and master's theses
  • applications
  • Part-time jobs

Academic career counseling:

  • Choosing a major
  • Change of subject and location
  • Dropping out of studies and alternatives to studies
  • Placement of trainees

In addition, the Career Service organizes lecture events every year - for example on the topic of "The successful application" - which are held with external speakers. The Hochschule Niederrhein will gradually expand its Career Service offerings in cooperation with other partners.


Dipl. Ped. Désirée Krüger
Head of Career Service

Contact & contact details, consulting forms & dates

Students of Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences can obtain individual and confidential advice from the specialist advisors of our cooperation partners Agentur für Arbeit Krefeld (Federal Employment Agency Krefeld) and Agentur für Arbeit Mönchengladbach (Federal Employment Agency Mönchengladbach) on all application, professional and career issues:

• on campus: Every Thursday, from 10am to 1pm

  • Campus KR South: VIP room in the canteen KR South (the consultation in KR is given alternately by: Dr. Müller-Peddinghaus, Mr. Kraps and Mr. Geißler - all contacts see below)
  • Campus MG: Room: A E23, in the Mönchengladbach canteen (The consultation in MG is given alternately by: Ms. Inderfurth, Ms. Zeisig, Mr. Wallat & Ms. Saß - all contacts see below)

• Telephone advice

• Video counselling: As an alternative to face-to-face counselling, individual and confidential video counselling is also possible. Uncomplicated and flexible. Simply register by e-mail to the advisor of your choice at the Federal Employment Agency (see below). They will then send you a suggestion for an appointment and a link to the online meeting. All you need is a device with a camera and microphone – you don’t need to download anything for the meeting.


Dr. Elisabeth Müller-Peddinghaus
Krefeld Employment Agency
Claudio Geißler
Krefeld Employment Agency
Peter Kraps
Krefeld Employment Agency
Sandra Inderfurth
Mönchengladbach Employment Agency
Rolf Dörr
Mönchengladbach Employment Agency
Frank Schalipp
Mönchengladbach Employment Agency
Kerstin Saß
Mönchengladbach Employment Agency
Dipl. Ped. Désirée Krüger
Head of Career Service

Career Service seminars, webinars and career fairs

In this section you will find a selection of important career fairs , which are organized byexternal organizers and in which students & graduates of all universities can participate.

In addition, our own Career Service seminars & webinars are also listed here, which are aimed exclusively at students & graduates of the Hochschule Niederrhein.

There are no events in the current view.

Career portals

There are a large number of online job exchanges with different specialisations. It would go beyond the scope of this site to publish a complete and always up-to-date overview. Therefore, you will find only a limited selection below.

Important note in this context: Some time ago, it was decided internally at the university that, for legal reasons, only the complete web addresses or links of job exchanges with which the university had previously concluded a cooperation agreement would be placed on our Career Service web pages. Such cooperation agreements currently exist with two institutions or companies:

Since it is not practicable to conclude such cooperation agreements with all other relevant job boards - even with a limited selection - you will find only the surnames of the selected job boards in the following list - and not the complete web addresses. In the vast majority of cases, these job boards have the top-level domain .de. In the case of job boards whose web address contains a different top-level domain, this is indicated in the list.

Internship/ job search only rejections so far

Why have I only received rejections in my internship/job search so far?

Maybe it's because of your application. Keep in mind that you are advertising yourself with your cover letter. In addition to good grades and correct spelling, you should show in your cover letter that you have a clear idea of the job and that you are the right person for the position. In addition, the employer will notice if you have made an effort to get to know the company. Or if you send the same cover letter 50 times and only change the salutation.

Start looking for an internship?

When should I start looking for an internship?

The later you are, the less likely you are to get your desired internship. As a rule, you should start looking for a position six months before the internship starts.

Lists of companies that offer internships?

Are there lists of companies that offer internships?

No, neither the university nor the employment agency provide such lists. But you have the possibility to get advice at the Career-Service. There you will also be shown the common search engines as well as the job exchange of the Agentur für Arbeit.

Side job,who can I contact?

I am looking for a part-time job, who can I contact?

The Career Service also offers support in this area. Contacts to employers as well as suitable job offers can be searched for.

Studies, then no entry?

Do I have to register as unemployed after completing my studies if it doesn't work out immediately with starting a job?

If you are not dependent on financial support from the Employment Agency, there is no compulsory obligation for you to register as unemployed. However, the Employment Agency can help you find the right job. There is also the possibility that you will be reimbursed for part of the application costs.

Financial support ?

When do I have to register as unemployed if I am dependent on financial support and what entitlement do I have?

To avoid a blocking period, you should register as a job seeker three months before the end of your studies. You are entitled to unemployment benefit I if you have been employed for at least twelve months during the last two years prior to becoming unemployed (and reporting it).

Help with the application documents ?

Do I have the opportunity to submit my application documents for review?

Yes, Career Service offers support for this as well. If you are unsure whether your wording matches the job application or your personality, or if you need assistance in preparing for an interview, please feel free to contact Career Service.

Dissatisfied with my studies ?

During the course of their studies, many students have doubts about whether they should continue studying and whether they have chosen the right studies. Approximately one quarter of each cohort ends their studies before graduation. This early exit is often experienced as a failure and is gladly delayed. If you find yourself in this situation, you should not make any hasty, spontaneous decisions. Dropping out or changing your studies should be well thought out beforehand.


For years, The Hochschule Niederrhein has had various counseling services that you can take advantage of if you are dissatisfied with your studies or have doubts about your choice of study.
A new addition since 2018 is the project "Next Step Niederrhein". There you will be supported in your personal decision-making if you are thinking about dropping out of your studies. Further info:

Opportunities after dropping out of college?

What options do I have after dropping out of university?

There are many alternatives to studies: Other Degree programmes at the Hochschule Niederrhein or at other colleges/universities can be considered. For example, in-company or school-based vocational training or dual degree programmes are available for the transition to the job market. We are happy to help with this decision as to whether it should be a new studies program, an apprenticeship or a job through our counseling services at the Career Service of the Hochschule Niederrhein. A counseling session can also clarify whether it is not advantageous to persevere and whether credits in another studies or from another university can be credited. Or whether it simply makes sense to take time off.

  • Continue studying: Possibly after a time out. With new motivation and, if necessary, with optimized time management.
  • Change of course to a more suitable and interesting subject
  • Change to a university with more suitable study conditions. Clarify the crediting of academic achievements/credits beforehand!
  • Discontinuation of studies with entry into professional life, an apprenticeship or self-employment

For students who have decided to drop out of their studies, the Hochschule Niederrhein offers individual counseling and coaching as part of the "Next Step Niederrhein" project. Further information:

In addition, the following Internet addresses can help with research:

Employer and a dropout?

How do employers react to a dropout?

There is no one-size-fits-all response! This is because your resume is a matter of interpretation. If a dropout can be reasonably justified, then this "blemish" is usually not a problem. Especially if the dropout occurs at the commencement of studies in the first few semesters.

If the dropout occurs at a later point in time, then in some apprenticeships, credits already earned are also credited to a corresponding apprenticeship and can lead to a shortening of the apprenticeship period. Some employers are specifically looking for study dropouts. It is important that you know your competencies and strengths well and can name them, because every student brings knowledge, skills and experience from their studies that are in demand on the job market.

Ask the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and the Chambers of Skilled Crafts (HWK) specifically about special programs for dropouts and use the career counseling at the Career Service of the Hochschule Niederrhein or at the employment agency in your place of residence. They will support you with placement suggestions in your search for an in-company vocational training or dual studies program.

The "Job Exchange" on the website also offers you support in your search strategy.