জার্মানিতে এসে সবার চিন্তা ভাবনা থাকে নিজের টাকায় চলা এবং সাথে সাথে পড়াশোনা চালিয়ে নেয়া। এরমধ্যে সবচেয়ে ভাল একটা পদ্ধতি হল বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় বা বিভিন্ন কোম্পানিতে স্টুডেন্ট এসিস্টেন্টশিপ বা জার্মান ভাষায় একে বলে HiWi (HilfsWissenschaftlicher) করা। এই আর্টিকেলটিতে উক্ত বিষয়ে আলোচনা করা হল। আশা করি সবার এই ব্যাপারে ভাল একটি ধারনা হবে। ধন্যবাদ।
If you are the one from Computer Science and Engineering or Electrical and Electronics Engineering or related fields and if you know some basic computer programming (like C++, Java, etc), good news, certainly you would have some opportunities to find a student job (hiwi) at the Universities/Research Institutes (eg. Fraunhofer, Max plank, HLRS, DLR, etc.). Those who are from different fields, don’t worry, you also have some opportunities, as every Institute in Germany has (Industrial) research work in various field and often require some students to speed up their research work. It is always best if you check your Institute regularly.
There are two places you may find the job offers, the most important one is the web site of your Institute and the other one is pin board at your Institute/Faculty/Mensa. Also it is possible to find the one at different companies. To find a student job (hiwi) at the University/ Research Institute is comparatively easier than a company. In order to find a student job, you don’t have to be specialist or expert in a field, but you should have strong motivation. If someone refuses your application you must not be worried (or have nothing to lose), because there are lots of job in the current market and you need just one. Nevertheless, by showing your confidence, only one interview could be enough to confirm a job.
Application and your resume:
The application letter and resume are the keys of an interview call. Therefore, you should write an impressive application/email (as simple as possible), where you show your motivation/interest belongs to the offering job. Please don’t copy the application from someone else (eg. form internet) and try to remove all unnecessary information from your resume. The format of your resume is also an important factor. In Germany, sometimes I found the people are more familiar with EuroPass CV format, which can be found here.
However, you can follow any standard format as you like. Just google for it, you will find a lot of information including template of cover letter as well as the resume.
In Germany, the interview for a student job is always simpler by comparing the one you do in Bangladesh. Normally, they call a very few students (sometimes one, or at most 2) to an interview and you will not get any stupid question, like “What is the length of Padma Bridge?”
Here interview means you will discuss about the project task and your responsibilities in a friendly environment with the interviewer. If you apply for a job at the University/Research Institute normally you will face an interview with the PhD students/employee, as the Professors are always busy. The PhD students/employee don’t reject a candidate, unless you do a stupid mistake in the interview.
There are several steps in the interview session:
- In the beginning they will introduce themselves and describe about the project.
- Then they will ask you to describe yourself. It would be nice if you describe you according to your resume steps/format. Therefore, I think you should have proper preparation/study on your CV before attending the interview. For a better preparation, you could write the descriptions in a paper base and read it several times.
- They will ask you to describe about your particular experience what you include in the cv. For example, if you include that you know C++ programming language, that means you already been working with C++ in a particular project. If you say I learn C++ in school, they will simply consider that you are not expert in C++. As you are new, it is normal that you don’t have much experience in the project work. In this case you could do a trick, somehow you have to find the actual expectation of the interviewer and you should show your interest as well as your confidence according to his expectation. Showing your interest/confidence can be made you an ideal candidate and motivate the interviewer. I mean somehow you have to make them trust that you are able to do the project. However, if you have a better trick, please use your own trick.
Good luck for your next job.
Mohsin Reza Alim