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Career Qualifications

‘And what will you do with that later?‘

The benefits of studying humanities:

    • Pure thinking
    • Asking critical questions
    • Change of perspective
    • Competence in methods and symbols
    • Competence in researching and presenting
    • Competence in texts and discourse

              ‚And what will you do with that later?‘ Every student of Jewish studies or religious studies will sooner or later be confronted with this question, and yet especially those two small subjects, due to their interdisciplinary character, qualify for many different professions.

                • Unlike other faculties which train functionaries (physicians, lawyers, economists), the studies at the faculty of arts open the opportunity for pure thinking. The quest for truth for its own sake teaches students to ask questions. With their unconventional views, questioning principles and backgrounds, our graduates are sought-after “unconventional thinkers” in companies.
                • Furthermore, because students do not need to be religious to study in our courses. The courses require a high ability to think their way into different positions.
                • Additionally, students acquire many methodological abilities, for instance to deliver a lecture, to bundle a flood of information fast into something new. Because one has to reduce complex issues to their quintessence during the course of studies, it also trains systematic thinking.
                • Our students possess competence in discourse. They perceive the standort-dependencies of statements, can relate them to each other, and are accustomed to observing a discourse at a meta level.
                • Graduates of Jewish studies and religious studies also possess competence in symbols; not only as “experts in religious symbols”, but they can also recognize, decipher, explicate and translate symbols, signs, mental images and ideas. This ability makes desirable candidates for employment not only in  sectors generating social analyses. such as journalism.

                        The benefits of studying humanities:

                          • Pure thinking
                          • Asking critical questions
                          • Change of perspective
                          • Competence in methods and symbols
                          • Competence in researching and presenting
                          • Competence in texts and discourse

                                      • Stays abroad
                                      • Internships and project assistance
                                      • Part-time jobs
                                      • Voluntary services

                                            Thus: Jewish studies or religious studies bolster proficiency in the areas of communication, problem analysis, in working and organizing independently –key terms that appear in every job offer.

                                            However: Graduation alone is usually not enough. Students have to sharpen their own profiles early on and make contacts with the working world by means of:

                                              • Stays abroad
                                              • Internships and project assistance
                                              • Part-time jobs
                                              • Voluntary services

                                                    Concretely, jobs for graduates can come up in the areas of journalism and media (as journalists, readers in publishing houses, editors), administration (e.g. assisting in the “second row” in politics), research and teaching (university or private research institutes), in archives and museums, freelancing (for example as project manager), as lateral entrants in NGOs, banks or in the economy (e.g. in internal business consulting, as trainee or in the field of CSR), as well as in the HR-sector (e.g. as HR manager, staff developer or human resource manager).

                                                    Helpful reading on successful lateral entrance and career-changes in the professions can be found in Diemling, Patrick / Westermann, Juri (eds.): "Und was machst Du später damit?" Berufsperspektiven für Religionswissenschaftler und Absolventen anderer Kleiner Fächer. Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang 2011.

                                                    Furthermore you can find portraits of former students of Jewish studies in Potsdam on our homepage, which will give you an exemplary insight in possible prospective fields of work: To the alumni portraits