- Faculty mentorship helps students unleash their full potential
- Graduates are fully prepared to enter the job market
- Check out Webster Vienna’s Open House for insight and inspiration
An education is one of life’s most valuable assets, and as the biggest university city in the Germansphere, Vienna has plenty to offer. But graduates often find themselves with a degree and no real job prospects. Companies can capitalize on practical experience and skills that most traditional degree programs – with their overcrowded auditoriums – simply cannot provide. It pays off to seek out a school that focusses on expanding its students’ horizons beyond the pages of their textbooks. With a student to teacher ratio of 20:1 at most, Webster Vienna Private University does just that.
Mentors are priceless
“The professors here come from a practical background. We really try to prepare our students for the real world,” says Dr. Nikolaos Antonakakis, Associate Professor of Economics and Head of the Department of Business and Management at Webster. “Nowadays, employers expect a completely different set of skills, so education has to be very specific. If it’s too theoretical, you’re missing the point. A degree alone won’t help you anymore, which is why I also try to teach my students about emotional intelligence and flexibility.” This personal approach to teaching extends far beyond the classroom, as it is very common at Webster for faculty members to mentor their students one-on-one.
What sets Webster students apart
That a university should focus on the students’ professional futures seems obvious, but an alarming number of college graduates enter the real world without a clue about the job market. Webster Vienna has its own Career Center to prepare graduates for the realities of working life. They even partner with JobTeaser, a professional recruitment company that helps students find jobs and internships. By the time they graduate, students have had access to individual career coaching sessions and career events, as well as newsletters and webinars that improve their resume and interviewing skills.
“I think Webster Vienna is often associated with an education in business, finance, psychology and international relations,” explains Dr. Antonakakis. “But we offer a very holistic approach outside of just the programs. Students have access to the arts and we put great emphasis on the importance of history.” He says that makes student more empathetic, which is a vital quality in the ever-changing world of artificial intelligence and digitized solutions. “Those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it.”
An American experience
A part of the all-round approach is a number of extracurricular activities and events that Webster Vienna organizes, giving students an American experience. Students have the chance to participate in Wellness Week in February, when a series of workshops centers around their overall mental health and wellbeing. In November, Spirit Week aims to facilitate community building. One of the most popular events is the annual competition showcase Webster’s Got Talent allowing the entire student body to participate. The winner faces off in a competition amongst its European campuses, hosted on rotation at one of Webster’s other campuses, unifying the university’s global branches.
As an American university with an international network of campuses, Webster Vienna comes with a number of additional benefits for the globally-minded. Students can take full advantage of the opportunity to travel and study abroad across the university network – Vienna being a popular choice for American students. Graduates can make use of their dual accreditation, which makes it much easier for them to get jobs in the U.S.
See for yourself
“No one can be successful alone,” Dr. Antonakakis stresses. “I incorporate a lot of group work in my classes to teach my students about the value of teamwork.” He advises anyone to find people they trust and learn to work with them “Learning to work well in trusting teams is the key to success.”
To comply with social distancing regulations, Webster Vienna Private University has decided to go digital for their next Open House event. If you would like some more first-hand insight, you have the opportunity to peek behind the private university’s doors on Praterstraße from the comfort and safety of your home. Learn about innovative academic programs, hear the latest on admissions, student life and financial aid and discover Webster Vienna’s Career Services support, Study Abroad opportunities the Student Resource Center and the Alumni Association.
The Digital Open House will take place on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 10:00, click here to join.
This article is part of a paid partnership with Webster Vienna Private University.