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About Andreas Hirschi

Infos about Prof. Dr. Andreas Hirschi

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Andreas Hirschi is a full professor and chair of the department of work and organizational psychology at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

He is one of Europe's leading researchers on career choice, career development, and career counseling. In teaching, he is among others engaged in the education and training of career counselors.

Prof. Hirschi was an associate editor of the Journal of Vocational Behavior from 2013-2019, the world's leading scientific journal of vocational behavior and career development. Since several years, he has been a honorary member of several national and international groups and committees on vocational and career guidance, served on the editorial boards of several leading scientific career journals and regularly acted as a reviewer for international journals and conferences.


Professional Experiences

  • Full professor for work and organizational psychology (since 2014)
    Department of Psychology, University of Bern, Switzerland

  • Visiting professor for career research (2011-2016)
    Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany

  • Assistant professor for vocational psychology and career counseling (2011-2014)
    Department of Psychology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Assistant professor for career research (2009-2011)
    Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany

  • Researcher und guest-instructor (2007-2009)
    Department of Counseling and Counselor Education, Pennsylvania State University, USA

  • Career counselor (2003-2007)
    Public Career Guidance and Counseling Centre, Sargans, Switzerland


  • PhD in Applied Psychology (2007)
    Department of Psychology, University of Zurich

  • Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Psychology of Career Counseling and Human Resources Management (2007)
    Universities of Berne, Freibourg, Zurich

  • MSc in Psychology; Minor in Sinology (Chinese language and culture) (2004)
    University of Zurich

Leadership roles 

  • Institute of Psychology, University of Bern

    • Department Chair for Work and Organizational Psychology (2014 - current)

    • Acting Director (2016 - 2018)

  • Swiss Distance Learning University

    • Co-Study Programme Director of Master in Psychology and Programme Director for "Work and Economy" (2018 - current)

  • Master of Advanced Studies in Psychology of Career Counseling and Human Resources Management. Universities of Bern and Fribourg

    • Member in Board of Directors (2014 - current)

  • Master of Advanced Studies in Psychotherapy. University of Bern

    • Member in Board of Directors (2016 - current)

  • Academy of Management – Careers Division

    • Executive Board Member: Representative at large (2014 - 2017)

  • European Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counseling (ESVDC)

    • Executive Board Member: Secretary (2014 - 2017)

  • Erasmus (NICE). European Network for Innovation in Career Guidance and Counselling

    • Director of work group “Qualifications of Master-Level Career Counselors” (2012-2014)

  • Counseling Center of the Psychological Institute. University of Lausanne

    • President (2012 - 2013)

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Official websites

University of Bern

Career Insights from

Scientific Board Memberships

  • Journal of Vocational Behavior. Editorial Board Member (2016-2019 Associate Editor)

  • Work, Aging, and Retirement. Editorial Board Member

  • Journal of Career Development. Editorial Board Member

  • Schweizerisches Dienstleistungszentrum Berufsbildung, Berufs-, Studien- und Laufbahnberatung (SDBB). Mitglied der Fachkommission “Beratung & Diagnostik ”

  • Career Development Quarterly. 2013-2019 Editorial Board Member

  • International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance. 2012-2016 Editorial Board Member