Alumni Relations Management

ACT NOW! – Bye-Bye “Blackbox Career” - hello “Alumni Career Talks”! Jumping from university theory into working practice with CAU alumnus Martin Poske

Do you remember how difficult it was, moving on from being a student to starting work? Are you facing the challenge of changing jobs? Or are you still studying at Kiel University and wish you could speak to experienced managers in person and collect tips to help you plan your career? Now this is possible - with the new joint events by Alumni Relations Management and the Career Center, the Alumni Career Talks. read more

Why are we doing this?

Networking and transferring knowledge are important parts of personal development and professional career planning. These days, it is never too early to start building up your own contact network! Speaking to others who have already successfully overcome the challenges you yourself are facing can be an enormous help.

This is why I, together with my colleague Wiebke Gebhardt (trade fair coordinator for contacts, contact person at the Career Center for company cooperation) am bringing people together from around Kiel University who can provide support for personal and career development: students with alumni, companies with career starters, freshers with older students - interdisciplinary and free of charge.

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Martin Poske at the Alumni Career Talks (klick to enlarge)Photo: J. Winters, Uni Kiel

Connect and learn from other people

Today, 25 October 2017, we kick start our new Alumni Career Talks together with CAU alumnus Martin Poske on the issue of study theory into professional practice. Former Kiel University students, alumni with vast professional experience as managers or leaders, young graduates and students talk about their careers and everyday working lives - personal and real-life. There are plenty of opportunities to ask questions, during the presentations and afterwards while networking. Today we are 25 people, from every subject area, ranging from law, chemistry, education, languages and economics. Graduates, Bachelor’s and Master’s students are among us, as well as lots of first semester students who we warmly welcome to Kiel University!

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Alumni Career Talks (click to enlarge)Photo: J. Winters, Uni Kiel

Stand out and be yourself

Martin Poske is a fundraiser at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and studied political science, psychology and sociology at Kiel University. Today, he is sharing what motivated him to choose these subjects, reflecting on his individual steps and challenges in his career which he experienced in his job, and providing specific tips on career planning. “For me, while I was studying, a career was always like a kind of blackbox - I wondered how to get into it, I thought finding a job would all just work out - but you have to get proactive early on, make contacts, take the plunge. Good results alone are not enough - everyone has qualifications,” he says.

Selling and marketing your own strengths and skills is incredibly important, according to the former copywriter and current fundraiser, who made it from trainee to creative director within five years of finishing university. “You need to stand out, draw attention to yourself, stay flexible and learn new things.” Wiebke Gebhardt agrees with this: “Every work experience placement, every voluntary service, every form of assistance not only gives you professional experience, it also provides useful and social skills to help you with your next task.” And what if it doesn’t all run smoothly? Martin Poske says not to worry: “Don’t panic if there are gaps in your CV - gaps accentuate your personality! The important thing is how you deal with them, how you formulate them. Human Resources want to get to know the person - they look what type of person you are and see whether you will fit into the team. Be authentic and have the courage to be an individual!” We do - and we thank Martin Poske for the personal and real-life insights into his professional career, and also for the time he took to answer the many questions after the event that our students and alumni had!

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Networking at the Alumni Career TalksPhoto: J. Winters, Uni Kiel


Would you like to get career planning tips or personal insights into the everyday working like of experienced managers, too? Then please feel free to come along to our next Alumni Career Talks – on 29 November with CAU alumnus Wolfgang Blancke (Head of Human Resources, EDEKA Aktiengesellschaft), and on 24 January 2018 with CAU alumnus Eckhard Parzich (Corporate Communications, works council, BASF SE). Please register here. Please note that our Alumni Events are held in German.

You are a manager or experienced leader, studied at Kiel University and would like to share your professional career with our students and alumni as a speaker at the Alumni Career Talks? Then I look forward to hearing from you by e-mail to

Best wishes from Kiel University

Unterschrift M. Mika

Mareike Mika M.A. 
Alumni Relations Management
Kiel University