Counselling and information services of the Career Service

Monthly career step-in

Have you heard about our Career Step-in ? Since October, we have been offering you the opportunity to drop by once a month, spontaneously and without registration. We alternate between the Engineering, Innrain and SOWI campuses.

Our counsellors will be happy to answer all your questions about your job, application and career in a personal initial consultation.

How does the counselling work?

The brief counselling session, including an initial CV check if required, takes place in private and in a separate room if desired (approx. 15 minutes per session). If there is more to discuss, we can arrange further counselling appointments.

Step-in 11.06.2024 - with photo session!

For our last Career Step-in in the summer semester, we have a special offer for you: in addition to the regular step-in, a photographer will be on site to take application photos on request.

When: Tuesday, 11.06.2024 from 13:30-15:30

Where: Campus Innrain in the GeiWi student zone (Innrain 52e)

The fee for the application photos is € 15, registration is required. As always, the consultation is free of charge and can be attended without registration.

Update: Photo session is unfortunately already fully booked, step-in is possible without pre-registration!

Application workshop

"Reach your goal in two courses"

Learn all about the application process and how to find a suitable job from our expert.

In the application training course, you will develop strategies for

  • successfully prepare your application
  • targeted preparation of application documents and
  • making contact with companies

In the job interview workshop, you will learn everything

  • from how to conduct a classic job interview
  • to making initial contact with companies at career (orientation) fairs

You can find the current dates and registration links for both units separately here:

Job application training - current dates and registration here at LFU:online

The job interview - current dates and registration here at LFU:online

Individual counselling appointments

Following the workshops, the Career Service offers students at the University of Innsbruck individual counselling appointments and appointments for groups. The appointments serve to clarify personal and individual questions on the topic of career entry, such as feedback on application documents already prepared, preparation for a job interview, etc.

Individual CV check

Screening of cover sheet, motivation/cover letter and CV

Professional self-marketing lays the foundation for a successful application. Create application documents that showcase your personality, skills and competences in the best possible way.

We offer individual counselling appointments on request. Simply take your application documents and the adverts for the jobs you want to apply for with you. We will take a look at your cover sheet, motivation letter and cover letter together and check your CV - in person and in private.

Of course, this service is free of charge.

Important note: Please bring the adverts for the jobs you are applying for with you to the appointments.


You can listen to more tips for the perfect application from the Career Service in the podcast of the Tyrolean daily newspaper "Gut zu Wissen" (as of 2021)

Tips for the perfect application: How to impress recruiters

Whether you're unemployed, a graduate or about to change jobs - you need a cover letter in all of these situations. But what should you pay attention to in your CV? How should you formulate your letter of motivation? And what mistakes should you avoid?

Click here for the TT Podcast

Online guide

Fail as successfully as possible

Mistakes and failure are completely normal in everyone's life. It happens regularly because it is unavoidable. We need not and should not be ashamed when we make mistakes for the first time or fail at something. Why is that the case?

One aspect of life is that we experience something new every day and therefore have to try out new things. We perform new actions every day. We want to achieve a desired result with these actions (=success). However, when trying out new things, failure (= not achieving the desired result) is always a possible outcome. Success requires that we have acted before we have a result, and when we act, failure is always also a possible result. In short: if we want to be successful, we have to carry out an action. As we always have to try out something new, we automatically always have failures as a result of our actions. If we always consider each of our actions from the point of view that we can learn something in the process, we automatically achieve a (partial) success with each action: we have learnt something!

Basically, the faster we learn from failure, the faster we can achieve success. However, as success can also depend on external circumstances, such as luck or bad luck, learning quickly from failure is no guarantee of success - but it does increase the likelihood of success.

However, repeated mistakes or failure for the same reasons can also be regarded as "failure", as will be shown in the course of this handbook. You can find the complete handbook here " HIER


Here you will find selected online tools in English that will help you to listen to yourself more consciously and to reflect on your own skills and competences.

Professional orientation and career development

In addition to international job offers for academics, EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion offers numerous digital tools for professional orientation and career development. In addition to academic careers, this naturally also includes career opportunities in business and even self-employment.

Start with the "No limits" toolkit, a self-assessment that helps with career orientation:

  • identify what is important in career planning
  • build skills and knowledge
  • get to know a wide range of career options
  • plan individual career steps in a structured and professional manner

The toolkit includes counselling, various tests in quiz form to get to know your own needs better and important information and tips on career options.

(New to Career Development - Career Orientation Tool)

It is also worth taking a look at the EURAXESS Industry Career Development Module.

This tool is intended for academics who want to find out about alternative career paths outside of universities and offers

  • Information about working outside of academia
  • Information about the labour market and which careers are possible in which sectors
  • Inspiring career stories from European researchers who no longer work at a university
  • Practical information on career planning
  • Advice and counselling on finding a job outside the university


The Talent Development Suite offers support in developing your own vision of your future. The tool helps to plan the next steps in your professional life in a structured way and also includes the needs of your private life. This makes it particularly suitable for PhDs and postdocs who are thinking about whether they want to stay at the university or move into industry.

The four different assessment sections are divided into

  • future
  • Present
  • Past
  • Personal journey map

(or via the EURAXESS Portal - Career Development - Find Training Resources)

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Since 2017, the University of Innsbruck has been a member of the EURAXESS – Researches in Motionnetwork , which currently has 42 partner countries. The activities and information offered by this network are interesting for students and especially for PhD students, as the previous focus on "mobility" has been expanded to include the areas of "careerdevelopment" and "entrepreneurship".

AURORA - VERSA(Video gamEs foR Skills trAining)


On Tuesday 23 March 2021, the official online kick-off meeting took place, where the project was presented to more than 100 doctoral students from the three universities. Over the next two years, they and many other doctoral students will take part in courses that will develop their skills in areas such as team leadership, time management, critical thinking and creativity. These key skills can hardly be taught through traditional teaching concepts, as their acquisition requires personal dialogue and experience in interaction. The establishment of new methods for the soft skills area is therefore crucial in order to strengthen university education with regard to these career-critical competences for both science and entrepreneurship.

The project is being funded as part of the EU's Horizon 2020 programme and is being led in Innsbruck by Prof. Dr Kathrin Thedieck (Institute of Biochemistry).

For further questions please do not hesitate to contact us!

+43 (0)512 507 38557

Data protection information

You can find more information on data protection in relation to our offers within the framework of the Career Service for students in our " Data protection information.

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