Guidance and services

Numerous institutions will be happy to advise you and answer your questions!

All points of contact at a glance
Guidance and services
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Points of contact: sorted by topics

Studying (course of studies, content, organization, ...) Expand entry
Career entry Expand entry
Career guidance and orientation during your studies

Career Point
Central Student Advisory Service

Internships and career entry with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree

Career Point
Central Student Advisory Service

Academic career

Graduate Academy
Central Student Advisory Service

Self-employment and starting a business

K1—Startup Service

Social counselling (finances, housing, surrounding conditions, ...) Expand entry
Psycho-social counselling and psychotherapy Expand entry
Discrimination and equality Expand entry
Chronic illness and disability Expand entry

Students and prospective students with chronic illnesses and/or disabilities can contact the Head of the Student Student Service Centre, Michael Götz if they need advice or information.

Pregnancy and studying with child(ren) Expand entry

Guidance regarding vocational training

Agentur für Arbeit Jena (local office of the Federal Employment Agency) Expand entry
Career counselling

The career counselling service of the Employment Agency provides advice on alternatives to studying and supports you in the process of choosing a career.

Dropping out of your studies and opting for a vocational training programme in a company is by no means a bad thing. Many companies are happy to hire university dropouts. The experience and knowledge you gained during your studies are often an advantage. This is especially true if the contents of the studies overlap with those of the training. In some cases, the duration of the vocational training can even be shortened.

Have a fresh start at finding yourself. When doing so, keep in mind what you didn't like about your first attempt. The career counselling service of the Employment Agency can help you along this path.

They offer:

  • individual and neutral career/study counselling
  • assistance in finding vocational training positions
  • financial support

Make an appointment now and start reshaping your future!

  • via email
  • by telephone via the free service number 0800 45555 00
  • in person at any office of the Agentur for Arbeit Jena

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Thuringian Agency for Skilled Personnel Marketing Expand entry

The Thuringian Agency for Skilled Personnel Marketing (ThAFF)—as a state-wide institution and Welcome Centre—is the central point of contact for skilled professionals who are planning their private and professional future in Thuringian as well as for Thuringian employers looking for support to secure skilled personnel. The ThAFF is funded by the Federal State of Thuringia.

Handwerkskammer für Ostthüringen (East-Thuringian Chamber of Handicrafts) Expand entry
Guidance on apprenticeships

is a sovereign task of the chambers of handicrafts. It ensures neutral and confidential counselling and support for all those involved in apprenticeships. The support services for apprentices include in particular:

  • information on innovative and future-oriented professions in the handicrafts sector,
  • advice on training and examination law (e.g. rights and obligations, shortening and extending the training period)
  • information on vocational school and training course locations,
  • advice on retraining measures.

Contact persons

The apprenticeship advisors are available to answer all your questions about apprenticeships in the handicrafts sector in person, by telephone and also by email.

Industrie- und Handelskammer Ostthüringen zu Gera (East-Thuringian Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Gera) Expand entry
Guidance on vocational training

You are welcome to contact the training advisors with any basic questions you may have. They will support you not only in terms of recognition of previous achievements, but also in the search for suitable training companies.

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Kreishandwerkerschaft Jena/Saale-Holzland-Kreis (district chamber of handicrafts) Expand entry

What they offer:

  • advice in a personal consultation,
  • information on occupations in the handicraft sector and alternatives to your chosen occupation,
  • assessment and optimization of application documents,
  • registration in our applicant pool,
  • support in finding and selecting suitable training companies,
  • establishing contact with potential training companies,
  • preparation for recruitment tests and interviews.

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Jena Business Development — Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Jena mbH Expand entry

Jena Business Development — Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Jena mbH provides general information about Jena as a business location and its industries and research focus. The company database contains a large number of training companies. The job portal lists available jobs in Jena. They also provide information about events and offer services on various topics.


You can find another overview of contact persons, information and tools if you have doubts about studying  here [pdf, 820 kb] de

Central Student Advisory Service
Office hours:
We offer consultations and the handling of your concerns in person, via video chat or telephone. Appointments can be made by phone or via service desk.

Consultation hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 to 12:20, Tuesday 14:00 to 18:00 and on Wednesday and Thursday from 14:00 to 16:00.
Video chat:
Videochat Zeiten
Monday to Friday 12.30 to 13:00
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