For my background, I'm a senior student of Mechatronic Engineering. I came to Germany for a year with the DAAD (pretty common) to study 1 semester and work another one.
In February I'm going to start, according to the program I'm currently in, with a job in Germany. The standard of the program specifies that we look for a Praktikum, but since I am not obliged by my university to do one, I'm supposedly "automatically unqualified" to get one. My other options are either
- to find a position as Krafthilfe (which is a position limited to support),
- to do a Thesis Arbeit (which means I work on a project to develop my undergrad thesis),
- or use contacts to get a job at a Max Plank or Fraunhofer Institute.
I'm feeling pretty frustrated because I wasn't warned beforehand. I'm not really interested in going to Academia. I'd rather find real work experience in this country. So the question is:
- Is it reasonable to find another way to get a Praktikum and would it be worth to go down that road, or should I stick with my other options to save time and effort?