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Career Days: Three Universities, Two Countries, One Goal

Career perspectives in the Saxon-Czech border area: Chemnitz University of Technology welcomes 60 students from the Czech Republic on April 25th and 26th under the slogan "Career Without Borders"

  • The Career Days offer a wideranging programme. Photo: Career Service

"If you would like to gather work experience in an international context it is not always necessary to go to the USA or China. Our neighbouring country offers many opportunities and this is what we would like to make known among students on both sides of the border", says Dr. Christian Genz from the Career Service at Chemnitz University of Technology. Additionally, the Career Days are an interesting event for our international students. Even though they are very well educated, it is not always easy to enter the German job market. But many sectors seek qualified employees. "We would like to offer advice and assistence in this regard and thus strengthen the international profile of our univeristy when it comes to job entry", continues Dr. Genz.

The Career Days offer a wideranging programme in order to reach this goal. Companies and institutions inform about regional career opportunities. Three companies open their doors and invite us to have a closer look at their day to day business. In workshops, students get familiar with topics such as entering the German job market, intercultural differences between the Czech Republic and Germany as well as international business etiquette. During the get-together in the evening students will have the opportunity to socialize and exchange experiences.

The Career Days are an integral part of the Transnational Career Service. The cooperative project of Chemnitz University of Technology and the partner universities TU Liberec and UJEP Usti n. L. aims at setting up cross-border services in thefield of student career development. In the past months, the Chemnitz career experts frequently travelled to the Czech Republic. They offered numerous information sessions for students as well as workshops for colleagues to introduce the services of the Career Service and to illustrate their importance for students´ employability. The Career Days mark the project´s preliminary peak: "We receive new inquiries every day. All available places for our partner universities are taken. Students from Chemnitz also signed in, but we still have a few places left", says Katharina Wohlgemuth from the Transnational Career Service.

By the way: Until April 22 th students from other Saxon universities are welcome to register for the Career Days. The whole event will mostly take place in English. Some workshops and presentations will be held in German. The Career days are supported by the Deutsch-Tschechischer Zukunftsfond and Chemnitz Contact e.V. More information on the programme can be found on the Transnational Career Service website http://www.tu-chemnitz.de/career-service/tcs/career-days.php

For further information please contact Katharina Wohlgemuth, Phone 0049 371 531-39856, E-Mail katharina.wohlgemuth@hrz.tu-chemnitz.de

The Transnational Career Service is funded by the European Social Fund and the Free Staty of Saxony.

(Translation: Agnes Honka)

Mario Steinebach
18.04.2013

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