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International Career Fair at TU Dort­mund University

From University to Job via the Career Fair

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Prof. Gabriele Sadowski (left), Dr. Barbara Schneider and Wulf-Christian Ehrich welcomed the participants to the career fair.

That was quick: Natalie Bartkowski, a student of economics at TU Dort­mund University, attended the International Career Fair at TU Dort­mund University in June of last year. A good two months later, on September 1st, she took up her position at MedVision AG in Unna. This is a success that was also hoped for by the approximately 120 students from 29 countries who attended the 8th International Career Fair on Thursday, November 8th.

Professor Gabriele Sadowski, Prorector Research at TU Dort­mund University, said at the opening of the trade fair that it is a great advantage for companies to meet students at the trade fair who are fluent in another language – their mother tongue – in addition to the knowledge they have gained from their course of study at TU Dort­mund University. And Wulf-Christian Ehrich, deputy general manager of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Dort­mund and member of the board of the Association of Friends of TU Dort­mund University, pointed out that companies have the opportunity to find qualified junior staff at this career fair – “a good opportunity against the background of the shortage of skilled workers,” he said. The fair was organized by the International Office of TU Dort­mund University in cooperation with the Dort­mund Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and the Association of Friends of TU Dort­mund University.

Career fair facilitates career entry

In addition to Natalie Bartkowski, Birol Sevim, a computer science student at TU Dort­mund University, also found a job at the career fair. Birol Sevim completed his Bachelor’s degree in computer science and described his entry-level position in product implementation at MedVision as very exciting: “A lot of knowledge is required to get a really good insight into the products. Here, I am becoming increasingly familiar with the tasks and the variety of functionalities of our products. The fact that I am also involved in the implementation of the systems means that I have a lot of contact with our customers – in our area, these are mainly doctors – which I find very inspiring and motivating.” MedVision AG, a family-run company based in Unna, develops and sells standard user software for the medical sector.

About every eleventh student at TU Dort­mund University comes from abroad. 3,748 young women and men from around 115 countries are enrolled here. Four course programs are held in English. The International Career Fair gives also these students a perspective on possible career opportunities in the region of Dort­mund and throughout Germany.

Strong participation of companies from the region

Twenty-four companies based in Dort­mund and the region used the fair in the International Meeting Center (IBZ) to present themselves to in­ter­na­tio­nal students at TU Dort­mund University. Osudio Deutsch­land GmbH and Dolezych GmbH & Co.KG took part for the eighth time and were among the first companies to participate in the career fair. Additional participants were Albonair GmbH, audalis Kohler Punge and Partner, Bruegmann GmbH & Co KG, catkin GmbH, Draheim Ingenieure Planungsgesellschaft GmbH, EBG group, Fleischhacker GmbH & Co. KG Laboreinrichtungen Medizintechnik, KHS GmbH, Kumavision AG, Lovion GmbH, MedVision AG, Murtfeldt Kunststoffe GmbH & Co KG, QSG Verkehrstechnik GmbH, Quick Release GmbH, RAM Holding GmbH, Remondis Service International GmbH, Rhenus Office Systems, E-Metropole.Ruhr, Stadt Dort­mund, Swiss Life Select Hamm, TU Dort­mund University and tegos GmbH.

TU Dort­mund University also used the career fair to look for talented young applicants for its own operations. “We are happy to hire graduates from our university, who we then prepare specifically for management positions,” said Karolina Bihr from the Department of Human Resources and Legal Affairs.

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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".

Dort­mund Airport offers flights to several destinations in Central Europe. There are regular connections to Katowice, Kraków, London and Munich. For the approximately 20km-trip from Dort­mund Airport to TU Dort­mund University, you can use a shuttle bus to the railway Station "Bahnhof Holzwickede", from which trains depart to Dort­mund main station (please visit Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr for more information). Normally, the fastest way is to catch a taxi at Dort­mund Airport.

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.