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 get in touch with local companies that are looking for academics?

24.-25.10. Bionection @ Hygienemuseum

26.10. Career Day @ Graduiertenakademie 

6.11. Firmenkontaktmesse  @ HTW Dresden

8. 11 Networking Event with companies – visibility campaign launch @ intap

14.11. Networking-Event mit Unternehmen: Automobilzulieferer, Luft- und Raumfahrt, Bahntechnik @ intap /TU Dresden

28.11. Career Café: German working culture @ intap/Techniker Krankenkasse

18.-20.01.2019 Jobmesse Karrierestart Dresden

24.01.2019 Branchentreff Maschinen- und Anlagenbau @ IFW Dresden

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 broad offer of one-on-one consultations hours, application seminars and other useful events concerning this topic. Check this out!

Applicant weeks @ TU Career Service in September: https://tu-dresden.de/karriere/berufseinstieg/semesterprogramm/index

Consultation hours and seminars for students at TU Career Service:


Consultation hours and seminars for PhDs at TU Graduate Academy: https://tu-dresden.de/ga/qualifizierung/qualifizierungsprogramm-WS17-18


Consultation hours and networking events at intap for all international academics:


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)