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New perspectives after graduation: from German studies & historical historian to editor for real estate & financial topics

German Studies is one of the best-attended courses in the humanities. Every year, thousands of graduates complete their German studies at various German universities. And then?

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And what do you do as a Germanist?

Mit Sicherheit hört ein jeder früher oder später die allseits beliebte Frage „Und was fängst Du mit Deinem Germanistikstudium an?“ Meine Standardantwort darauf war immer und das besonders bei blasierten Fragestellern: „Wenn ich es herausgefunden habe, erfährst Du es als erster“. Was nicht heißen soll, dass ich keinen Plan hatte, nur zog ich es vor, ihn „im Geheimen“ auszuführen.

Aber der Reihe nach: Begonnen hat alles mit der Liebe zum geschriebenen Wort und dem Traum von Skripten und dem Verlegen von den zukünftigen Weltbestsellern. Daher entschloss ich mich zu einem oben bereits erwähnten Studium mit dem Schwerpunkt „Deutsche Literaturwissenschaft“ und als ausgleichendes zweites Hauptfach mein zweites Steckenpferd „Alte Geschichte“ mit dem damals noch üblichen Abschluss Magistra Artium.

For several reasons (friend, family, study offer and possible subjects combinations) I chose the University of Leipzig as the place of my student activity. I can proudly report that I was able to complete my studies very successfully in nine semesters, although I had to overcome some hurdles in the recognition of my Latinum.

Detours lead to the goal

Doch ebenfalls mit einem erfolgreichen Abschlusszeugnis der 600-jährigen Universität und mit dem Namenszusatz M.A. fing der Kampf um eine Arbeitsstelle erst an. Auch mit diversen absolvierten Praktika beim Rundfunk und in Redaktionen als erste „Berufserfahrung“ fand ich nicht den richtgien Job. Um die Miete und das Katzenfutter für meine Mietzen zahlen zu können, nahm ich kurzentschlossen eine Aushilfestelle in einem Maklerbüro für Immobilien an und bevor ich mich versah, war ich die Assistentin eines Immobilienmaklers. Nicht unbedingt die passende Stelle
for a humanities scholar one would think that I say: yes.

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Although, of course, the real estate industry has little to do with Goethe, Schiller and the theory of literature, I have nevertheless been able to apply a variety of knowledge and skills at work in a broker's office during studying. In addition to time management and the coordination of a wide variety of areas and tasks, this included different research applications for the inspection of files, building documentation and the like, as well as the ability to work efficiently and results-oriented.

Through my work in the real estate industry, I started to develop subject-specific issues Items for various real estate magazines and the like and was able to set up my first stand as an online editor. Over time, the work as an online editor became more and more extensive, so that I could give up my job in real estate and now work as a freelance online editor in Frankfurt.

Conclusion: use internships

I can only advise all students of German studies or other spiritual sciences, who are about to graduate, to try their internships and volunteer work in the semester breaks, depending on their interests. This not only helps to expand the horizon and its own skills, it also enables a niche to be found in later professional life.

The fact that Germanists or scholars in the arts are only interested in cultural or social work has long since ceased to be a rule, and the most diverse opportunities for German literary graduates and the many other highly trained scholars are offered, especially in business and, above all, online.

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