This page contains answers to questions frequently asked about the Professional Skills Certificate. If you have a question that is not answered below, do not hesitate to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
At a glance
We want our students to leave us well-prepared for the global job market of tomorrow. The job market is changing ever more rapidly, which means that our students already have to start preparing for jobs/work tasks that don’t exist yet. It is becoming more and more difficult to predict what skills graduates will need in order to find a job and succeed in the workplace. One thing is certain, however: Transferable skills will be particularly important. An ability to create, a capacity for critical thinking, adaptability, self-initiative and participation-oriented goal setting - these are essential skills that the job market 4.0 will be looking for. To be able to deal with conflicts within society, we need to have ‘the ability to develop new and previously unknown approaches, forge new paths and find new ways to relate what was previously unrelated’ (own translation).
The Professional Skills Certificate prepares students for the world of work by equipping them with exactly these skills.
 Ehlers, U. D., „Future Skills für die Welt von morgen: Das Future-Skills-Triple-Helix-Modell der Handlungsfähigkeit in emergenten Praxiskontexten.“ Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (Hrsg.), Digitalisierung in Studium und Lehre gemeinsam gestalten. 2021. Print.
The Professional Skills Certificate is open to all JMU students in any major and at any stage of their degrees as well as to recent graduates (for up to one year after they graduate).
You won’t have to sign up. Just complete the following steps:
1. Attend a potential analysis session and the courses of your choice and record them on your CC Collection Card.
2. Email your completed and signed CC Collection Card to email@example.com.
The certificate is usually issued in German. If you want your certificate to be issued in English, please let us know.
Starting the certificate, timeframe
No, you won’t. You can take the courses over several semesters. Just make sure you don’t forget to record them (including the dates) on your CC Collection Card.
You can start taking the courses at any time. The Career Centre even offers some of the relevant courses during semester break.
The main purpose of the Career Credits Collection Card (CC Collection Card) is to help you plan your progression through the certificate and keep track of the courses you have taken. Your teachers won’t have to sign or complete anything on your CC Collection Card.
When you have found a course that you want to take, just register for it on the WueStudy portal as usual. Your teacher will then monitor and record your attendance of the session(s). Nevertheless, you should make sure you also keep your own record of the courses you have taken and complete your collection card carefully. This is particularly important if you are taking the courses for the certificate over several semesters.
Once you have attended the potential analysis session, taken your seven courses and completed your CC Collection Card, email the signed card to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then compare it against the attendance sheets kept by your teachers.
Sequence of courses, procedures for getting the certificate
No, you won’t. But we recommend that you take a course that includes a potential analysis session before you start collecting the skill areas as those sessions will provide an introduction to the skill areas.
Once you have attended a potential analysis session and 7 courses (1 in each of the skill areas) and have recorded them on your CC Collection Card, email your signed collection card to the Career Centre at email@example.com.
As soon as we have reviewed your documents, we will email you to let you know that your certificate is ready for collection.