In 2021, 18 participants took part in the new mentoring program Tandem2Job. In this program, experienced professionals from well-known companies provide international students with individual support on their way into the German job market. The nine mentoring pairs worked together for six months - from the networking meeting in May to the final event in December. The program is going to continue in 2022.
"Tandem2Job is a great opportunity for international students who have no experience in finding a job and work culture in Germany," said a mentee from the first cohort in 2021. The heart of the program is the individual one-to-one mentoring in tandem: Mentees particularly appreciated that their mentors provided personal insight into an industry, supported them in preparing application documents, trained them in interview situations, encouraged them to participate in events, or referred them to other interviewees in similar professional fields. "„The program helped me in getting to know to an experienced mentor that can provide extreme support in one of the critical phases in the student life." "I was skeptical about my application, I needed professional consultation about how to enhance the impressions and how to always seek for opportunities and never give up“. "The program was very helpful for my personal development," summed up other mentees. The mentees were international Master's students from eight different countries who were about to complete their degree programs.
Their professionally experienced mentors work for well-known companies such as Bayer AG, Bosch GmbH, Lanxcess AG, Procter & Gamble Germany GmbH, Perlen Packaging GmbH, Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH, VTA GmbH, Weidmüller Interface GmbH, Westenergie AG. They described the joy of witnessing a mentee's development and being able to pass on their own experience. "I am proud to have been able to help my mentee prepare the application for his dream job and that this application led to success," said a mentor from 2021. "As a mentor, I have had the great opportunity to better understand the situation my mentee is currently in and have been able to profitably share my personal experience from the corporate environment," said another mentor. They have also seen a personal benefit for their own professional development as well as the opportunity to gain new professional impetus through the mentees: "I am pleased that I was able to help my mentee and at the same time learn from him and develop myself further."
In addition to the exchange meetings, the program offered career-promoting measures such as the International Career Fair (IKM), the workshops Communicating Successfully on the Job or The Perfect Business Appearance. The mentees were continuously informed about application workshops or interview trainings of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Transfer (cet) or the job placement portal Stellenwerk.
The program is going to be offered again in 2022. The application period begins in March 2022.
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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