Examples of careers
On this page will we present, in irregular intervals, the professional career development of some of our alumni. not only people with a lot of experience, but also those who have recently graduated.
Christoph J. G. Hetzel
Christoph J. G. Hetzel finished his degree in administrative science at Kehl University in 2005. Now he is the head of the financial administration and of the registry in the Bavarian town of Breitengrüßbach. To be more exact, Hetzel now works in the region of Franken. After a short stay with the regional administration in Zürich, where he had previously done a 3-month student internship, he then took a job in February 2006 with the municipality of Breitengüßbach, which has a population of ca. 7,000 including the surrounding outlying areas.
„I’ve always wanted to work in the Treasury Office“, says Hetzel. „I would like to have stayed in southern Baden, but at the end of December 2005, two municipalities in Franken each advertised a position as head of financial administration, and I just had to send in my application!“
He experienced no problems working outside of Baden-Württemberg with his degree from Kehl. „Law application in Baden-Württemberg is similar to that in Bavaria. Kehl’s program of study also has the advantage of being recognized as a program of high quality, even in Bavaria, and is also considered to be better than the training program offered at the Bavarian University of Administrative Science in Hof“. Above all, the smaller municipalities, according to Hetzel, often have problems recruiting young, motivated and well-trained staff at the management level because they cannot afford the expensive training program. In contrast to the system in Baden-Württemberg, the training program in Bavaria is linked to a specific employer. Thus, municipalities in Bavaria often only have the possibility of enticing people away from the rural district offices or of hiring graduates from other German federal states.
Hetzel believes that graduates from Baden-Württemberg, due to the different training regulations there, have it easier in Bavaria than in their home state because the competitive situation is different. „Even applications for head management positions are possible and very likely successful“, says Hetzel.
To be a mayor some day is something Hetzel can well imagine.
“Certainly, one of my overriding professional and personal goals is to assume such a position of responsibility at some point in time.” To this end, he would consider returning to Baden-Württemberg, as the election process is by no means as complicated as in Bavaria, and is not dependent on political parties.