Working conditions and work culture in Germany

Course instructor:

Heidi Störr, Career Consultancy “Push Your Career” (

This course will be offered in collaboration with the Graduate Center at Kiel University.

Target Audience:

International doctoral candidates who are looking for a job outside academia in the near future. 
 The course is open to doctoral candidates in the marine sciences from SEA-EU member universities.


Online, a link will be sent prior to the course

Content Overview:

  • Typical regulations in employment contracts
  • Work permit types and requirements
  • German Culture specifics
  • Cultural rules at work

Detailed Description:

Module “Work Contract & Permits – How to get the best working conditions and a work permit”

In this seminar you will get to find out everything about general conditions and legal guidelines when in work, for example hours of work, vacation days, overtime regulations and your “Probezeit”. Subsequently, you will learn more about work permits and their regulations.

Module “Work Culture – How to understand Germans”

To be considered as a professional team member you should be familiar with the German cultural standards and their influence on the work sphere. In this seminar we will discuss the typical German way of working and behaviour of your German colleagues. We reflect why things are done in a certain way and which advantages these cultural characteristics might have at work but also which conflicts may occur. Additionally, we will define the role of an employee and a superior. Based on practical examples we try to understand the perspectives of different cultures and discuss possible solutions to avoid misunderstandings.


When registering for this seminar you agree to the following terms and conditions:


1 Day: 

02 November 2021

09:30 – 11:00 h Module Working Contract and Permits

15:00 – 18:00 h Module Working Culture


In order to register for “Find a Job in Germany – Working Conditions and Work Culture” please write an e-mail to stating your affiliation to:

  • university
  • department
  • Marine Sciences

The Application Deadline is 17 October 2021.

Limit: Places for SEA-EU international participants are limited and will be attributed on a first-come-first-served-basis.

Please note:

Each person who is granted a place will receive an email from the SEA-EU@CAU team with further instructions by 19 October 2021. Without this confirmation e-mail you are not allowed to participate in the course.

All further registrations will be put on a waiting list. As soon as a place becomes available in the course, you will receive a message from us. If you have not received a message by 26 October 2021, you have not been allocated a place on this course.

If the minimum number of participants of 6 cannot be reached, the event will have to be cancelled for financial reasons.

Conditions of enrolment:

  • The course offers are meant for SEA-EU Alliance Universities’ doctoral candidates: Registration is only considered if made with a valid institutional email address.
  • By applying to this course, you agree that your data (name, affiliation, email) will be passed on to the course instructor and the Graduate Center at Kiel University if you are “selected”.
  • A certificate of participation will be issued, upon attendance to >75% of the course.
  • Registration is binding.

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