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Working at TRK: a strong business location

A place for new beginnings: The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion (TRK) is one of the strongest economic and innovative regions in Europe. Do you want to arrive here as an international specialist and take your career to the next level? Then you have made exactly the right decision! On this page you will find all the information you need about the business location TRK and the opportunities available to you here.

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Promising employers: from SMEs to large corporations

With an area of around 6,000 square kilometers and around 1.6 million inhabitants, the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion is one of the strongest economic and innovation regions in Europe. Excellently trained specialists, good infrastructure, first-class educational institutions and committed business promoters form the basis for healthy economic power.

What is special about the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion as a business location? The immediate proximity to research and development - over 40 universities and research institutes with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) at the forefront - helps to give the region an innovative edge. With the KIT, the ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and networks such as the CyberForum, TRK is a trendsetter in Europe.

All of this together makes the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion one of the most successful business and innovation locations in Europe.

Companies, chambers, scientific institutions and local authorities together form the regional, cross-state and transnational action alliance TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH. Together, they shape the development of the region with the aim of strengthening and advancing the economic, scientific and innovation region. The focus is on the areas of mobility, energy, digitalization and bioeconomy.

What are the advantages of a job at TRK ?

Anyone wishing to gain a foothold in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion benefits from numerous advantages, including

  • Diverse industry mix: The strengths of the region are the diverse industry mix with a high proportion of future-oriented technologies and the innovative SMEs spread across all cities and municipalities - the specialists in the market niche. In addition, there are world-famous companies that have their headquarters or branches in TRK .
  • Wide range of universities and research institutes: From mechanical engineering to applied geosciences and industrial engineering.
  • Numerous employers for international specialists: In the IT industry alone, more than 4,000 employers are located at TRK .
  • Excellent rankings: TRK is one of the most important locations for information and communication technology in Europe.

Guide: Everything you need to know about finding a job

Writing applications, conducting job interviews and signing the employment contract. The path from the job advertisement to the first day of work is very exciting. We want to support you on your first steps and have summarized useful information for you. 

Job search for specialists: What requirements do I need to meet?

Plan your job search directly and benefit from a six-month visa, which you can obtain from a German diplomatic mission abroad. All information on the application requirements can be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

To apply for a work search visa, you must have completed vocational or academic training and be able to finance your own living expenses during your residence permit. This visa gives you the opportunity to look for a suitable job for up to 6 months.

As soon as you have found the ideal job, you can easily apply for the necessary residence permit and of course remain in Germany. Have you completed your studies at a German university? Congratulations! You can use the following 1.5 years to look for a suitable job after graduation and start your professional journey in Germany. We will be happy to accompany you on this exciting journey!

At a glance

  • Non-EU and non-EEA citizens can come directly to Germany with a university degree or completed vocational training and a visa to look for work. The qualifications must be recognized or comparable to a German educational qualification.
  • Non-EU citizens are permitted to look for a job in Germany for up to six months with a job search visa.
  • For international graduates of German universities, the residence permit is extended for up to 18 months after successful completion of their studies in order to look for gainful employment.
Note on the work permit

You are not allowed to work with a job-seeking visa (Sec. 18c (1) Sentence 2 AufenthG). If you have found a suitable job, you can apply for an EU Blue Card or another residence permit for the purpose of gainful employment in Germany and stay in Germany without leaving the country first. Find out more about this on the page about work permits.

Getting started as a specialist in the TRK

Are you looking for the ideal job in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion (TRK)? We can help you and give you valuable tips to help you find the right job. Discover job opportunities at career fairs or on various job portals on the Internet.


How do I find my dream job?

Career fairs offer you the unique opportunity to find out about various (regional) companies and ask questions directly. Below you will find a selection of renowned career fairs in our region. Simplify your search and make valuable contacts for your professional future at TRK!

  • "Einstieg Beruf" is the largest trade fair for vocational training in the region
  • "Learntec: Learning with IT", international trade fair and congress
  • "KIT Career Fair", Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • "Horizon Karlsruhe", study and training fair
  • "Career Contacts" company contact fair at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

Take your CV with you to the fair, you may be able to apply directly to some companies.

Take advantage of the many possibilities offered by the Internet to find your next job in Germany, regardless of whether you are still in your home country or already in Germany. Here are some Internet addresses that will help you to quickly discover job offers for the profession you have learned or your dream job in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion:

Many German companies not only report their vacancies to official institutions, but also publish job offers on the Internet themselves. You should therefore check well-known job portals and social networks such as LinkedIn or XING. Alternatively, research which companies in Germany are particularly suitable for your profession. These companies often offer their own job vacancies on their company websites. Take a look at the "Vacancies", "Careers", "Jobs" or "Vacancies" sections for more opportunities to find your dream job.

Another alternative is to go through private recruitment agencies. They will look for a suitable position for you. However, they may charge job seekers a fee for this.

Further contact points for your new job

Government institutions in Germany also offer vacancies on their websites. Here is an overview of the most important addresses.

Federal Employment Agency

Discover the official job search portal in Germany, provided by the Federal Employment Agency ( BA) - one of the most important in Germany. The BA is committed to supporting citizens in Germany and abroad in their search for work. On the website of the Federal Employment Agency, you will find a job exchange where you can search specifically for vacancies. The search mask is available in seven languages, but the vacancies are generally only available in German. Use this valuable resource to take your next career step in Germany.

Our tip

You can also find many vacancies from the Federal Employment Agency's portal directly in the "Make it in Germany" job exchange. Here you can search for specific vacancies in professions in which Germany has a need for skilled workers.

Central international and specialist placement service

A good point of contact for jobseekers who are interested in working in Germany but do not yet live in Germany is the International Placement Services (ZAV). The ZAV is part of the Federal Employment Agency. One of its core tasks is to provide advice and placement services on an international level.


The Federal Employment Agency is a member of the European Network of Employment Services (EURES). EURES promotes the mobility of jobseekers in Europe through advice and placement, offers interesting job prospects and funding programs. You can obtain information on this from the EURES advisors in the respective countries. On the EURES website you will find job offers from 31 European countries, including Germany, as well as information on living and working conditions. The portal is available in 25 languages.

EURES organizes the European Job Days in spring and autumn in many European countries, where jobs in Germany are also presented. You can find the dates on the EURES website or Facebook page or by contacting the EURES advisers in the countries directly. Discover career prospects in Germany!

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