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Working in Germany

Open doors, new opportunities!

Out of the three German speaking countries plus Liechtenstein (not an EU country), it’s Germany who is actively encouraging qualified professionals to come to Germany. Germany also has a shortage of skilled workers and it also has a very low rate of unemployment rate (average 5% in 2014).

Professionals

Globe-of-AsiaGermany is looking worldwide, not just in other European countries but also Asia (Pilot Project: India, Indonesia, Viet Nam). Family owned companies feature very strongly in the Germany economy and so is their ‘Duales System’ of vocational training, unique in the world, ensuring excellence in a specific field of expertise.

 

 

Studying in Germany

Germany also is very popular with international students (Masters and PhD) and there are rarely tuition fees for undergraduates.

First Steps

Before you start the process of looking for a job you may want to look at your qualifications, what you can offer and why you are looking outside your home country for employment, study or further training. Perhaps you prefer to talk to someone first about where to look for a job, whether you have compatible qualifications, how to write an effective CV, level of language skill required, … the list is long, I am sure. Try EURES, the information is available in English.

Whether you want to be ‘Making it in Germany’  because you want to acquire professional training, study at university or expanded career opportunities in your profession, the initial steps you need to  take are the  same:
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  1. Looking for vacancies you may choose to go through an agency, newspapers and/or apply directly to a company.
  2. Consider Visa requirements and residence permits, social security (well developed in Germany), earnings and cost of living (affordability) and also German language skill requirements.
  3. Once you have your work contract, the next one is on the cards: your accommodation (renting is very common in Germany)
  4. Once you live there you will be looking at past-time activities and life outside work.
  5. And if you want to bring your family with you, (children start school at 6), there are international ‘kindergardens’.

Further Reading

Your can find further interesting reading (in English) on Expatica with lists of agencies, news and information for the international community. They also feature another German speaking country, Switzerland.

I hope this has given you a starting point for your research.

One more thing: When abroad, it’s good practice to be interested in getting to know the country of your residence, learning about their ways of doing things. And most importantly, please don’t rely on business language English alone! This is just not prudent, learning some German is a necessity.

So good luck!

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