Frequently asked questions


How is the Dresden economy structured?

Dresden is the biggest and most important industrial location in East germany. Small and medium-sized enterprises make up 99% of all local companies. Over 236 companies employ more than 19 employees each. The export quota of 50.9% is above the German average. Experts expect a positive growth and development for the future.

The core competencies of the city are  Microelectronics/Information and Communication Technology, Nanotechnology/New Materials/Photovoltaics and Life sciences/Biotechnology. Other fields are machine and plant engineering and construction, aviation industry, food industry, printing and packaging technology. Find out more here.

Where can I find job offers from Dresden’s companies?
Where can I get in touch with local companies that are looking for academics?

17. 04. Career Café @ intap / Techniker Krankenkasse

08. – 10.04. bonding job fair at TUD

09. 05. faculty of transport – Job fair traffic

14. – 15.05. Start-Up Safari Dresden – DRESDEN TURNS INTO A STARTUP EXHIBITION FOR 2 DAYS​

17. – 21.06 OUTPUT and 50 years IT education in Dresden

October – SAVE THE DATE – intap campaign launch & networking night

November – SAVE THE DATE – HTW Karrierewege

Where can I find companies or job offers in my special field of studies?
Where can I get help in preparing my application in German?

There is a wide range of individual consultation hours, seminars and other helpful events on this subject. Have a look:

Applicant weeks of the TU Career Service: https://tu-dresden.de/karriere/berufseinstieg/semesterprogramm/index

Individual counselling and application seminars for students at the TU Career Service:

Individual counselling and application seminars for PhDs at the TU Graduate Academy: https://tu-dresden.de/ga/qualifizierung/qualifizierungsprogramm-WS17-18

Individual consulting and network events by intap for all international academics living in Dresden:

Where can I get advice on how to write my application in German?

Check out these blogs and books for your application:

http://karrierebibel.de/  or http://karriere-guru.de

Bewerben in Deutschland – inklusive Arbeitshilfen online (Claus Peter Müller-Thurau)
ISBN-10: 3648086456

Bewerbungsunterlagen erstellen für Hochschulabsolventen (Hesse/Schrader)
ISBN-10: 3849020908

How should I handle gaps and study period whichs are longer than usual?

All  gaps in your CV which span over the time of 3 months should not be hidden, but rather be explained. The same goes for longer than usual study periods – do not try to hide it, but rather explain what you have done in that time to “expand your skills and knowledge horizon”. HR experts will notice the gaps and if they can´t find a justification, they might become suspicious and not invite you to the interview. Gap years and voluntary internships are not frowned upon.

Where can I practice German language?
Where do I find information or reviews to certain employers?

Check out Kununu and keep in mind that people are more likely to write reviews if their experiences were negative. There is always a positive side as well. https://www.kununu.com/

What is the German working culture like?

The german way of working is goal-oriented and matter-of-fact like. Private and business matters are usually kept separated, hence the formal “Sie” at work. Punctuality and the direct and assertive way of communication might be challenging for internationals in the beginning. We suggest to take a course at the Career Service of TU Dresden which covers the working culture here. Check this link to find the upcoming classes:  https://tu-dresden.de/karriere/berufseinstieg/semesterprogramm/fuer_internationale_studierende/workshops-und-bewerbungstrainings.

We recommend these website for a bit of light reading: https://www.todaytranslations.com/doing-business-in-germany and https://www.expatica.com/de/employment/Understanding-German-business-culture_100983.html

Where do I find information on typical salaries in my field?

Look at these websites:

https://www.glassdoor.de/Gehälter/index.htm or https://www.gehaltsvergleich.com

Some company also pay standard rates according to their membership in labour Unions ( see i.e. Tarifstufen der IG Metall)