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Start your career in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion

November 9th, 2017
6:00 pm

“Ballroom”, Adenauerring 7, 76131 Karlsruhe Campus South

international students, interns, doctoral candidates who are about to finish their degree, as well as postdoctoral researchers who are interested in entering the German labor market


5.30 pm

Welcome Addresses by Professor Dr. Thomas Hirth Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

5.50 pm

Introduction of selected services of KIT:
Career Service (IRM) by Diana Jäckel Head of Career Service & Alumni Deputy Head of the Innovation and Relations Management Business Unit
International Students Office (IStO) by Hana Fehrenbach Head of the International Students Office
Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS) by Dr. Britta Trautwein Director of the Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists
International Scholars and Welcome Office (IScO) by Dr. Petra Roth Head of the International Scholars and Welcome Office
Mentoring for Doctoral Candidates and Postdocs (PEBA) by Simone Belgardt Program Coordinator, Personnel Development & Vocational Training
Business Unit New Ventures and Shareholdings (IRM) by Dr. Rolf Blattner Business Development Manager

6.30 pm 

“The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion – HighTech Meets the Good Life” by Dr. Petra Jung-Erceg, Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion (TRK)

6.40 pm

“Services of the Higher Education Team” by Alina Kneer, Head of Higher Education Team, Federal Employment Agency (BA Karlsruhe-Rastatt)

6.55 pm

Testimonials of successful international KIT graduates in (industrial) employment:
Ravinder Chugh, Daimler Buses/ EvoBus GmbH, Mercedes-Benz Werk Mannheim
Jian Hu, ADAS Developer, Engineering Systems CV/OR (CC-DA/EPC1), Robert Bosch GmbH

7.15 pm

Consulting and networking break (snacks and drinks are offered). All above pre-senters are available for further questions


Group talks with representatives at different tables:

  • Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion (TRK) – Dr. Petra Jung-Erceg
  • Federal Employment Agency (BA Karlsruhe-Rastatt) – Alina Kneer, Head of the Higher Education Team
  • Career Service (IRM) – Diana Jäckel, Head of Career Service & Alumni and Deputy Head of Innovation and Relations Management, KIT
  • CyberForum – Dörte Schäfer, HR & Recruiting
  • Young professionals - former international KIT graduates (2 tables) Ravinder Chugh, Mercedes-Benz Werk Mannheim Jian Hu, Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS) – “Doing your doctorate at KIT” – Alexa Mehanna, PhD Symposium, KIT
  • Personal Development & Vocational Training Service Unit (PEBA) – Simone Belgardt, Program Coordinator, KIT

7.45 pm

Individual counseling by appointment (5 minutes per person)

  • Federal Employment Agency (BA Karlsruhe-Rastatt) – Michael Knopp, Con-sultant, Higher Education Team
  • Federal Employment Agency (BA Karlsruhe-Rastatt) – Tatjana Regner, Consultant, Higher Education Team
  • City of Karlsruhe “Kontaktstelle Frau & Beruf” – Frauke Bolch, Consultant
  • Career Service (IRM) – Kathrin Güthlein, Career Service & Alumni, KIT
  • International Scholars & Welcome Office (IScO), focus on visa, alien and immigration law – Florian Döring, advice & support in administrative matters, KIT

Start your Career in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion: 2017

Guide for Starting a Career

Start Your Career: Information event of KIT and the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion for students, doctoral researchers, and postdocs from abroad

In view of the general shortage of specialists, international graduates are of enormous importance to the German labor market. Options for starting careers in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion (TRK) were presented to them by KIT and TRK at the event “Start Your Career in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion.” About 120 students, interns, and (young) scientists informed themselves about possibilities of work in Germany and associated organizational matters, such as visa applications and work permits. International alumni of KIT, who have worked in the TRK since their graduation, reported about their experience. “Studies at KIT are an excellent basis for a successful start of a career. It is our clear objective to provide young people with comprehensive and research-oriented education and to impart to them interdisciplinary competences,” said KIT Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs, Professor Thomas Hirth.


Short lectures highlighted the TRK as an attractive region for life and work. Several units of KIT informed about their offers and were ready to provide direct individual advice. Among them were the International Students Office, the Career and Alumni Service, Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists, the Personnel Development and Vocational Training Unit, Innovation and Relations Management, as well as the International Scholars and Welcome Office. The Karlsruhe-Rastatt Labor Agency introduced its services for supporting international students after graduation or the doctorate in finding a job and selecting the right profession. In addition, CyberForum e.V. and the Kontaktstelle Frau & Beruf (contact office woman and career) were represented.


The event was organized by the International Affairs Business Unit and the Career and Alumni Service of KIT in cooperation with the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion and the Karlsruhe-Rastatt Labor Agency. The event was funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts, the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor, and Housing, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).