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International Career Fair brings Students and Companies Together

Two men are sitting at a table in front of a Miele display. One of the men is showing something on his tablet to a woman sitting opposite him. Between them is a miniature washing machine. Other information stands can be seen in the background. © Martina Hengesbach​/​TU Dortmund
Die elfte Internationale Karriere­messe bot internationalen Studierenden die Möglichkeit, direkten Kontakt zu hiesigen Unternehmen zu suchen.

For the eleventh time, companies based in Dortmund and the region used the International Career Fair to present themselves to TU students from more than 30 countries on October 27. A total of 25 companies were represented this year, from A for Albonair to Z for Zalando. Demand has never been as high as this time: 285 international students registered this year.

"Studying in a different country, in a foreign language, a different teaching and learning culture, and often a completely different everyday environment demands a great deal of adaptation and stamina from students. Employers can also benefit from this potential and these skills." This is how Vice Rector International Affairs Prof. Tessa Flatten opened the International Career Fair. "The fair is not only for internationally active corporations, but also helps to increase the visibility of especially small and medium-sized companies among international students and brings them together with well-trained professionals." As co-organizer, Wulf-Christian Ehrich, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Dortmund Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Executive Board Member of the Society of Friends of the TU Dortmund, added: "We want to ensure that the attractive Dortmund region becomes a long-term home for international students."

Large number of international students at TU Dortmund

The participation figures for the career fair prove that international students have a similar goal: A total of 222 pre-scheduled interviews took place this year. The applicants come from a wide variety of nations, from India, Iran, Syria, Nepal, Mauritius or the USA. Most of the participants of the International Career Fair are enrolled in one of the ten English-language master's programs at TU Dortmund University. Among the 32,400 TU students, one in eight comes from abroad.

The variety of attractive companies at the International Career Fair was particularly interesting, said Ramy Salah, a student of electrical engineering. He comes from Tunisia and conducted four job interviews with regional and global companies. Iranian-born Shaghayegh Derakhshan also used the fair to get an overview of regional employers. She had chosen TU Dortmund University because the campus seemed attractive to students from abroad - an impression that was confirmed on site: "You notice every day how international this university is."

International career fair writes success stories

The international students hope for a success story like the one the fair has written again and again in the past years. For example, former mechanical engineering student Kasim Öztürk proves how the first on-site interview can lead to a long-term career in the region: he met his employer Albonair at the fair eight years ago, and now works there as head of quality management. The Dortmund-based company ICA Traffic can also report such successes: They have already been able to recruit a total of three specialists at the International Career Fair over the years. In particular, the cultural foresight of the applicants and getting to know them directly keeps the ticketing company coming back.

The international students were able to take part in preparatory courses for the career fair: The IHK offered a workshop entitled "The Perfect Business Appearance," which taught what standards apply in the German business world. The Center for Entrepreneurship & Transfer (CET) at TU Dortmund University also held a workshop for the first time this year to prepare participants for applications and interviews with potential employers.

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Location & approach

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".

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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".

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