In order to support international students and refugees entering the job market, the mentoring program Tandem2Job was established as part of the Pharus project. In one-to-one mentoring, mentees gain a very personal insight into the world of work and they can reflect on their individual career concerns with experienced professionals. For the mentors, the intercultural exchange offers new perspectives and ways of thinking and an expansion of their coaching and leadership skills.
International students and graduates can take advantage of a wide range of services offered by the International Office for the transition between university and the world of work. These include application workshops and application office hours, workshops on German business culture and the International Career Fair. In order to further expand the range of services, the new mentoring program Tandem2Job was developed, in which international students can come together with professionally experienced graduates. The program is closely linked to the INTEGRA project, which focuses on the development of new formats such as trial days and the placement of internships.
The one-to-one mentoring in the tandems is the core of the program. In the tandem sessions, the mentees can explore their strengths and competitive advantages for entering the German labor market and discuss solution strategies for dealing with challenges together with their mentors.
As part of the agenda, they collaboratively define concrete steps such as job shadowing, attending network events or concrete qualification strategies such as workshops on job applications or German business culture. In the final meeting, they evaluate the achieved goals and, if necessary, agree on further steps to pursue them.
The mentees' personal commitment is of major importance for successful mentoring. The willingness to actively and independently organize the work in the tandems and to implement concrete measures increases the chances of a successful entry into the job market.
After application and selection of the mentees, the tandems will be chosen according to the highest possible overlap of interests. At the first networking meeting, the mentees get to know their mentor personally and determine the individual goals and content of the mentoring. After that, the actual individual mentoring in the tandems starts. In person, via Skype or by telephone, the mentoring discussions take place about once a month over a period of about 6 months. A program cycle from application to completion takes about 9 months.
Since the goal of the program is to enter the German labor market, the mentoring program will be conducted primarily in German. If mentors are able to offer tandem meetings in other languages, we will try to arrange this.
The application phase for the first program cycle is now closed. The digital launch event took place on 19 May 2021.
The program addresses international students who would like to gain an intensive and personal insight into the working world in Germany in a one-to-one mentoring session and reflect on their own career goals with an experienced person.
Applying for the program is possible for:
- International students who have come to Germany to study and are pursuing a degree from TU Dortmund University and
- International students with refugee background, pursuing their degree at TU Dortmund University.
- The students should be at least in the fifth semester of their first degree or in the master's program as well as concretely planning their career entry.
- International graduates of TU Dortmund University who are in the phase of their career entry.
Please find the program flyer here.
Mentors for the program are international graduates of TU Dortmund University who have successfully entered the German labor market or experienced employees from Dortmund-based and regional companies. Each mentor shares his or her experience and successful strategies for entering the job market and supports international talents in their personal career planning.
In addition to these benefits, the mentors also have the opportunity to gain extra personal experience by participating in the program:
- Reflection on their own career
- Network expansion
- Strengthening individual coaching and leadership skills
- Recruiting for the employer respectively your own company
- Certificate confirming the mentoring activity
If you are interested in the Tandem2Job mentoring program as a mentor and would like to learn more about the program, please contact us.
Not only the mentees gain from their participation in the Tandem2Job program, e.g. by getting to know the fields of work and structures of certain industries at first hand and by benefiting from the wealth of experience of their mentor. Through their volunteer work, mentors expand their own network, improve their coaching and leadership skills, and have the opportunity to reflect on their own career path. For employers, the program is also an attractive recruiting tool. Through this measure, TU Dortmund University actively supports the potential of its international talents while at the same time strengthening its alumni work and third mission activities.
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The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dortmund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station ("Dortmund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station ("Dortmund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop "Dortmund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dortmund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dortmund Universität S".
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dortmund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".Zum Lageplan