Career Service and Practical Experience

Practical career experience can open doors in industry and business. A maths degree at the Technical University of Munich offers the perfect preparation, as our degree courses aim to teach high level maths with an application-orientated approach. That is why the TUM cooperates intensively with companies and research institutes and has a large, well-established business network.

Mathematicians on the career ladder

Whether you see your future as a mathematician in industry or business, or you would prefer to enter into the world of research: we support you on your way up the career ladder and show you, how you can apply your study topics in the working world.

Service and advice

Use the information and advice offers of the Career Service on practical modules within your study courses, career orientation or on job hunting and applications. 

You can always talk to us! We are happy to give you individual advice and can help you in many issues, from your search for a suitable internship or trainee student job to your first steps on the career ladder. 

Contact

Dr. Kathrin Ruf

Dr. Kathrin Ruf

Room: MI 02.12.058
Tel: +49 (0)89 289 17726 
ruf (at) ma.tum.de

 

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Practical modules whilst studying 

For our department, it is important that during your studies, you already become familiar with the possibilities of applying maths within industry and business.  Beyond the module Professional Internship (MA8101, MA8102, MA8103), which is compulsory within all maths courses at the TUM, masters' students can also use the following modules to test and prove their knowledge in practical projects.

Case studies within our master's degree courses enable you to use the maths from your course in practice and simultaneously deepen your knowledge. 

Particularly in the modules "Case studies in discrete optimization" (MA4512) and "Case studies in non-linear optimization" (MA4513), students have the chance to use their course knowledge in real projects, using a high level of personal responsibilty whilst enjoying a great deal of creative freedom. In small teams, challenges are addressed using suitable mathematical processes, working together with representatives of research and business organizations and presenting their ideas and results. Communication skills become vital - within your team, with users, colleagues from other departments, and partners from industry and business. Only jointly discussed decisions can lead your project to success. Some of the case studies are presented to others with posters and stands at the school's days or on our open day.

Read more about Case Studies in Optimization here.

In the TUM Data Innovation Lab (MA8113) master's students research new, data-driven processes. This education and research placement takes place every semster. As your Lab-Partner, companies suggest a data-analysis project. If it is accepted, they then supervise the students throughout the project as mentors, together with colleagues from the DI Lab. Students of all subject areas, who are interested in new, data-driven processes for solving practical problems work together in small, interdisciplinary project teams. They learn to organize, analyze and visualize data and attain comprehensive insight into the modern world of data science.

It is possible to write your master's thesis in cooperation with companies from industry and business. In this case, it is most important that prior to starting, the examiners and the companies are in agreement on the topic, in order on the one hand to guarantee the required  amount of subject knowledge in the thesis, but also the true use for the company involved. Please ask the departments examiners for suitable themes or approach the companies with relevant ideas for your thesis. Further information on the master's thesis can be found on the webpages of each master's degree course.

In this Trading-Seminar you can gain insight into the work of a trader, learn the fundamental concepts behind options and derivatives and calculate the most important indicators for risk management. In the seminar, partner companies present real examples from their own trading. The module MA8020 consists partly of a theoretical presentation and partly of a practical element, in which the students have to apply the knowledge gained in a simulated trading situation. 

After successful participation, you can incorporate this trading seminar into your studies as an interdisciplinary competence. Furthermore, you subsequently have the opportunity to take part in the  EUREX Exchange Trader Qualification Seminar.

From student to professional: Mathematicians on the career ladder

Investment-Managerin beim Telefonat mit Kunden

Investment Manager

"I studied Financial and Business Mathematics, now I work for the company Allianz as team manager in Investment Management.
Using mathematical methods, we create analyses for determining optimal financial investment strategies -  the specialist knowledge which I attained at the TUM is crucial for this work. In my dynamic working environment, analytical thinking and the ability to work independently are essential. I was able to develop these qualities during my studies at the TUM, as well as the ability to think "outside the box".  

Claudia Antes, CFA, Senior Associate at Allianz Investment Management SE

Alumni erklärt die Herausforderungen in der Verzahntechnik

Hightech Software Developer

"From 2006 to 2011 I studied Mathematics in Science and Engineering at the TUM. After an internship at Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH, I got my first job there, and started directly after the graduation ceremony.
We build cog-making machines for our customers. Depending on the requirements of the customer, I calculate how the tools inside the machine need to move, in order to enable a precise grinding of the cog. In this process, every micrometer is decisive. I find the work fascinating, as each problem is always very complex when you start. Then I work my way deeper into the problem and finally find a solution  which I can be proud of."

Roland Kiechle, Software Developer at Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH

Career orientation

Only when you know where your strengths and interests lie, can you convince future employers with a clear profile. Internships, exchange with other students and direct contact to businesses can form a basis for your start on the career ladder.

Seeking and applying for jobs

Recruiting events, job fairs and job forums are important elements in looking for a job. But also in the placement seminar, at events in the series Meet My Company or Fit for TUMorrow you have the opportunity to meet a potential future employer.

Advice and help at the TUM

Competent advisors on all the themes related to job seeking and applications, and getting started on the career ladders can be found also at the central Career Service of the TUM. Use their many offers, including: