The presentation of one’s technical knowledge and soft skills in the application for the mandatory training placement is an important competence in the major of the study program mechanical engineering at Paderborn University. In a seminar for CDTF students, mechanical engineering students learned about some sources with adequate job offerings. With regard to the number of applications received by companies every day, Katharina Rohlfing recommended to only submit convincing, perfect applications specifically tailored to the job offering. In small groups, the Chinese students and some fellow students from other countries analyzed a sample application: which parts can be improved? The discussion resulted in very different standards for an application depending on the students’ cultural background. In Egypt, e.g. the application does not include a photo; in Germany this would mean an exclusion criterion at a very early stage in the application process. In China, the applicant’s name is stated again in the very beginning of the application. An application in Germany again differs in this regard.
In addition to the correct form of an application, the course participants were able to practice the use of specific terms relating to the application such as the subject heading, form of address, complementary close, ability to work in a team, personal status or student involvement.