A perfect match?

Internationals and the local industry in Dresden

How can the transition of international graduates into the local industry be better managed and the full potential for the regional economy be utilized?

Central questions and objectives of the study:

  • Which factors influence the decision of international students to stay in Dresden after their studies or leave?
  • What are the key factors for the successful career entry of international Students in Dresden, what are the obstacles?
  • What expectations do the International students of Dresden have for the local industry and what expectations do the local industry have of them?
  • Apart from universities and companies, what role do “supporters” play in the transition from university to the local industry?
Guidelines for Companies and Institutions

Best practice and strategic alliances

Get in touch with other companies in the region, learn from their experiences with Internationals and pass on your knowledge to companies as well.

Use the strategic alliances to also support Internationals. Share possible costs for language courses etc.

Openness to other cultures

Specify the language level required in job advertisements

Inform your team about new international colleagues at an early stage

Prepare your team for intercultural diversity e.g. with intercultural training


Working conditions and tasks of Specialists

The majority of international students would like to work as specialists in their profession. Such a job advertisement or open specialist positions are therefore helpful.

A good salary and a friendly working environment increase the attractiveness.

Presence at Universities and job fairs

The posting of vacancies on the “bulletin board” of university departments facilitates the initial contact with international students.

Participating in campus job fairs and attending Course events can simplify initial contact

Offer internships and working student positions

By offering internships, working student positions and thesis work for students, you can provide more practical experience and retain students in your company at an early stage

Is English as a working language an option?

Do you operate internationally as a company? Do you even speak English intensively with your customers / partners? Do you perhaps already speak English in your company?

Post the job advertisement in English and German

Adjust the evaluation criteria for international applicants

Work certificates are not common in all countries.

A lenient approach to missing certificates, lack of structure and allowing a few more spelling mistakes and adapting the application procedure can be helpful. Ask for references instead of certificates.

Guidelines for International Students

Learning the German language

Companies expect at least a good knowledge of German when you enter the job market. Start early (preferably in your first semester in Dresden) by attending German courses.

Use the language tandems offered by your university or other institutions.

If you mainly speak English during your studies, join associations or events which can help you practice German.

Work experience during your studies

Specialized work experience gained during your studies will significantly increase your chances on the job market. These can be internships or even working student positions. Maybe you can write your thesis in collaboration with a company.

Also find out about residence regulations, i.e. how many days you are allowed to work per year.

Preparation of Job Application

Prepare complete application documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates, other evidence). You can get support from intap or the Career Service of your university. Also use online resources.

Make sure that the requirements profile of the job advertisement matches your qualifications.

Prepare yourself intensively for job interviews.

Define professional goals

In order to find the right job for you, it is important that you know in which area (e.g. industry) and in which position (e.g. Specialist) you want to work.

Use counselling services and attend workshops on career orientation and key competences (e.g. Career Services and the Graduate Academy).

Social integration

Social relations with internationals and Germans are important for you to feel comfortable in Dresden. Search actively – especially in English-language courses – for opportunities to get in touch with “locals”, e.g. through the university’s buddy programs.

Volunteer work is a good way to make contacts.

Consider moving to a mostly German speaking shared flat.

Networking and active job search

Find out about the special requirements of the Saxon and Dresden job market. Visit job fairs (e.g. bonding, KarriereStart).

Visit networking events with regional employers (e.g. from intap or the Career Services).

Use job portals (e.g. Monster) to find a job, but also keep an eye on job offers on the websites of companies that interest you.

Network online e.g. with a profile on LinkedIn (English) or XING (German).

If you are interested in the entire study, feel free to request it here.

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The study is from Prof. Petra Kemter-Hofmann / Anne Kemter / Christina Schulz (Professorship for Work, Organizational and Social Psychology at the TU Dresden on behalf of intap.)