15. August 2023 | Magazine:

This is how education at TU Braunschweig works 3 apprentices report on their experiences

Most people associate university education with studying, but universities also offer education in many professions. TU Braunschweig is one of the largest educational institutions in the region. There is a choice of 17 apprenticeships in four different educational areas, from draughtsman to event manager. We spoke to three apprentices from different areas and years of education.

Fiona Woelk at her workplace in the precision mechanics workshop at the Institute for Communications Technology. Photo credit: Dilara Aktaş/TU Braunschweig

Technical interest meets manual skills

Fiona Woelk could see neither books nor pencils after her Abitur, so she decided for an education to become an industrial mechanic at the Institute for Communications Technology, she is now in her final year of education. During her education, she learned, among other things, how to manufacture and assemble various components based on technical drawings. In addition, she also takes on classic repair and maintenance tasks. “I like the mixture of thinking and doing. I don’t just carry out what I’m told to do, but have to actively go troubleshooting and think about how to fix it,” she tells us.

She particularly likes the variety of her education, no two days are the same and there is always something to do. For the education to become an industrial mechanic, you should have patience and above all be eager to learn.

“Everything that is not there yet, you can learn – if you feel like it.”

Educational location with a feel-good character

Jennifer Ulrich at her desk in the premises of the Central Office for Continuing Education in the Haus der Wissenschaften. Photo credit: Dilara Aktaş/TU Braunschweig

Jennifer Ulrich has always loved being organised and surrounded by stationery. That’s why she decided to turn her penchant for organisation into a career. The prospective office management assistant in her second year of education is doing her education at the Central Office for Continuing Education at TU Braunschweig. She got to know the university through friends who were studying here and was fascinated by the buildings and the campus. “I felt comfortable here right from the start, even though I neither worked nor studied here,” she enthuses.

She particularly likes the variety between office work and work outside the office, e.g. supporting event management. But she also appreciates the interpersonal level with superiors and colleagues.

She recommends her education to anyone who has an interest in organisation and keeps a cool head even in stressful situations. She also advises every person to take advantage of the extensive range of sports offered at the university centre.

“I find the sports offers particularly attractive, in the first year of education I immediately signed up for a yoga course.”

Varied everyday working life

Maximilian Gebert in front of the outdoor sports facilities at the Sports Centre, where he is completing his education. Photo credit: Dilara Aktaş/TU Braunschweig

“What I like most is that the education is totally diverse,” enthuses Maximilian Gebert, a apprentice at TU Braunschweig’s Sports Centre.

Last year, out of a passion for sport, he started his training as a sports and fitness merchant. After his vocational baccalaureate, he didn’t want to study directly: “I wanted to do an education first so that I would have something in pocket,” he says.

During his education, he takes care of commercial tasks in the office and gives sports courses for students and employees of the university.

He generally recommends the education to all people who like variety and are naturally interested in sports.

“Here I also get to know different kinds of sports, such as outdoor fitness, preventive strength training and futsal. After work shadowing and induction, I can also take over the courses.”

The university as an educational institution

“A university is automatically associated first and foremost with the opportunity to study. But the education offered at TU Braunschweig is at least as broad and exciting as the study programme,” says Jennifer Ulrich. Fiona Woelk feels the same way: “The education is very practice-oriented and you are fully integrated into the work from the first day of education. That’s why I’m glad that I chose TU Braunschweig as my educational institution.

More information about education at TU Braunschweig can be found on the website for those interested in education.