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The good tradition of officially welcoming all new employees of TU Chemnitz by a "Kick-off event” every quarter of a year has been continued this fall

For the third time this year all newly employed staff members of TU Chemnitz have been welcomed by a "Kick-off event” in the "Altes Heizhaus” located at the yard of Straße der Nationen 62. The objective of this event is in no way to "kick off” the new employees off the university but in the right opposite to cordially welcome them and to provide their career at TU Chemnitz with a "kick-off” in the right direction - because starting to work at a university can be quite challenging for someone who has not yet had the opportunity of getting insight into the work of official processes and authorities in Germany.
"I am glad to have the opportunity of taking part in this informal get-together. I do not know if this exists at any other company; so it is nice to get some insight into how the university works and which university site I can find where”, Thomas Laux, research assistant at the Institute of Social Sciences, informs us gladly.

In addition to acquiring knowledge about URZ, Dez. 1, Webmail, E51 and other exotic terms the "established” university staff use so nonchalantly in their every-day conversations, the kick-off also enabled the new employees to get to know each other during the course of the morning: "I am here with my colleagues who started to work at TU Chemnitz the same day as I did”, Julia Arnold, who now works at the Human Resources Department, said and continues: "It is nice to get the chance to have a talk beyond our office hours.”
David Laux, manager of the university communications division, tells us why this is so important: "We do not want our staff to be strangers to each other. With around 2,000 employees, it’s important to realize how diverse our structure really is and that - at the end of the day - we are all part of TU Chemnitz as a whole.”

Some of the new employees already have been at the university for quite some time, for example Ulziibayar Ganzorig, who came the long way from Mongolia to Chemnitz to study Automotive Software Engineering and now continues his research after having graduated. Even for him the kick-off was a vital part of starting his job: "The event really helped to become aware of some things I did not know about at TU Chemnitz.”

"We are looking forward to the next kick-off event. The past ones already showed us that it is important to help the new employees to get to know the university and to show them that, although we are a big university, they will not get lost”, David Laux adds.

And in case there are still questions left after the welcoming words from the rector of TU Chemnitz, Prof. Dr. Arnold van Zyl, and the quick crash course from senior staff members, the Human Resources Department of TU Chemnitz will be delighted to offer its support concerning work life at the university. Just contact them by accessing the following link: http://www.tu-chemnitz.de/verwaltung/personal.

(Author: Micele Ulbricht)

Katharina Thehos
25.10.2013

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