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The new mentoring program Tandem2Job developed by the International Office supports international students as they enter the German job market. Experienced professionals from renowned companies in the region act as mentors in one-to-one sessions and give their mentees insights into the world of work over a period of six months, in an effort to make the transition from university to their new careers as smooth as possible. The program was launched on 19 May with a digital kick-off event.
The international and intercultural nature of the new Tandem2Job mentoring program is what truly sets it apart. Most of the mentors are alumni of TU Dortmund University, some of whom have an international background themselves or have worked all over the world for many years. They work for renowned companies in the energy, pharmaceutical and chemical sectors, the automotive industry, electrical engineering, and other branches of the economy. The mentees are international master’s or advanced bachelor’s students who are planning their entry into the German job market. As a group, the participants have already lived, studied or worked on almost every continent on earth.
Passing down knowledge and experience
“These tandem sessions give the mentees a unique opportunity to reflect on their personal career concerns with someone who has professional experience. The high number of applicants to the program has shown us that we are on the right track with this service and that there is a great deal of demand,” says Dr. Barbara Schneider, Head of the International Office, who is grateful to the mentors for their willingness to pass down their knowledge and experience: “Without the commitment of experienced professionals, we would not be able to offer such attractive services to our international students. We are certain that both mentees and mentors will benefit from the intercultural exchange.”
The one-to-one discussions between mentees and mentors – supervised by the program coordinators – take place over a period of around six months. To allow for peer-to-peer mentoring, the program also aims to have the mentees support each other and exchange experiences.
Pharus Project at TU Dortmund University
The new Tandem2Job mentoring program set up by the International Office is part of the Pharus Project at TU Dortmund University, which is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The aim of the project is to develop new, innovative formats to ensure the academic success of various target groups and to support them on their journey to securing highly qualified employment on the German job market. In addition to Tandem2Job, the International Office offers other career development options, such as the international career fair.
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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 South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). 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 North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus 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 15 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 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 H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. 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 South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
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”.