FAQsFrequently asked questions
How is the Dresden economy structured?
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?
Career Service HTW Dresden: https://www.htw-dresden.de/jobboerse/
Employer contacts TU Dresden: https://tu-dresden.de/karriere/berufseinstieg/arbeitgeberkontakte
Klick Dich durch diese Jobportale:
SZ Job angebote
(for bigger companies) Stepstone
Where can I get in touch with local companies that are looking for academics?
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?
- The city of Dresden presents their key sectors Microelectronics/Information and Communication Technology, Nanotechnology/New Materials/Photovoltaics and Life sciences/Biotechnology under the following links: http://www.dresden.de/en/business/location/key-sectors.php. Klick through the website to find specific companies.
- For engineering and technical jobs: http://www.mintsax.de
- For IT jobs: http://www.itsax.de
- For business and administrative jobs: http://www.officesax.de
- For financing and banking industry: https://www.bankjob.de/stellenangebote-dresden/
Check out these associations which unite companies in special fields:
- Automotive suppliers: http://www.amz-sachsen.de/netzwerk/mitglieder/
- Biotechnology/medical technology: http://www.biosaxony.com/en/about-us/members
- Rail vehicle suppliers, infrastructure companies, engineering companies and civil engineers: http://bts-sachsen.de/map/
- Energy: http://www.energy-saxony.net/en/members.html
- Aerospace: http://www.lrt-sachsen-thueringen.de/en/mitglieder/
- Semiconductor industry: https://www.silicon-saxony.de/en/members/
- Organic electronics: https://oes-net.de/en/mitglieder/
- Cleantech: http://www.cleantech-ost.de/index.php?id=284&L=1
- BVMW – Association for small and medium sized companies https://www.bvmw.de/regional/
- Wirtschaftsjunioren – Economic Youth https://dresden.wjd.de
- Welcome Saxony: https://www.welcomesaxony.de
Where can I get help in preparing my application in German?
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?
Bewerben in Deutschland – inklusive Arbeitshilfen online (Claus Peter Müller-Thurau)
Bewerbungsunterlagen erstellen für Hochschulabsolventen (Hesse/Schrader)
How should I handle gaps and study period whichs are longer than usual?
Where can I practice German language?
- If you want to work in Dresden’s industry, it is necessary to be able to communicate in German. Here are some ideas where you can improve your language skills:
- Speak German with your colleagues / student friends during lunchbreak
- Meetup https://www.meetup.com/de-DE/cities/de/dresden/?country=de&zipstatecity=dresden&state=&radius=25
- Become a member of a non-university sport/music/cultural organization in Dresden – google your interest and the words Verein and Dresden, inspiration (not complete): http://www.vereinsliste.de/Vereine/Sachsen/Dresden/
- Language tandems: https://www.tandem.net/de/partner/tandempartner-dresden/ or https://tu-dresden.de/gsw/slk/lsk/msz/tandem
- Family and Friends: https://www.studentenwerk-dresden.de/english/internat/fif-family-international-friends.html
Where do I find information or reviews to certain employers?
What is the German working culture like?
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