Startup connects global talent with local industry

Small and medium-sized companies are almost invisible to international graduates in Dresden. The career network Intap wants to change this now. It has already achieved its first successes.

Valentina Sokolova feels very comfortable in Dresden. Thanks to Intap the Russian has found a job and can now stay in her dream city. Photo: Stephan Hoenigschmid
Valentina Sokolova feels very comfortable in Dresden. Thanks to Intap the Russian has found a job and can now stay in her dream city. Photo: Stephan Hoenigschmid

Dresden. Good ideas do not have to be complicated. The Dresden human resource start-up “Intap” proves this. It brings foreign students and small and medium-sized companies into contact with each other. Valentina Sokolova (28), a foreign graduate, explains why this is important. 

Difficult job search in Dresden

“I really like Dresden and I wanted to stay in the city after my studies. However, it wasn’t so easy to find a job,” says Valentina Sokolova. Although the Russian has a Bachelor’s degree in microelectronics and a Master’s degree in business administration, the search proved difficult. “I went to Berlin and Munich more often for job interviews and thought I had to say goodbye to Dresden now,” says Sokolova. 

By chance, at an event on the TU Dresden campus, she then discovered the international talent project for Dresden (intap), which is run by Scientists into Business GmbH. Essentially, it is a career network for foreign students. With networking events, consulting services and a database, it helps them to find a job.

Medium-sized companies undetected by internationals

“Small and medium-sized companies were not something I had previously considered. It was only through Intap that I got to know numerous interesting companies”, says Valentina Sokolova. Among them are well-known Saxon start-ups such as Wandelbots or Staffbase. However, they seem to be well known especially within the start-up scene. Despite their increasing popularity, they are still unknown to some foreign students. It is precisely this untapped potential that Intap wants to tap into. Furthermore it supports graduates not only in placing them with potential employers but also in preparing them for job interviews. 

Dream job with data specialists

With Valentina Sokolova it worked out in the end. She found a job at the data science company QuoData. It specializes in assessing the analytical quality of measurement methods and laboratories and developing new approaches for quality assurance, for example in the field of food safety or diagnostics. Valentina Sokolova is responsible for marketing, sales and customer enquiries in the company, which has around 40 employees. This is the ideal job for me because both my technical knowledge and my business skills come into play,” says the Moscow-born woman. 

German course after work

The working languages in the company are German and English. “English makes it easier in the beginning. I also completed my master’s degree in Freiberg in English. Nevertheless I would like to learn German.” That’s why she attends a language course every evening after work from Tuesday to Friday. “It’s not easy. Nevertheless, I would like to master the language,” says Valentina Sokolova, who has made many friends in Dresden over the years. “I am really happy that I can stay here and I am grateful to Intap that I have discovered new possibilities through the platform”.

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