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Work in Germany

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Want to study in Germany?

Find out about fees, funding, visas, exchanges and where to study in Germany

 

One of the wealthiest and largest countries in the European Union (EU), the abundance of jobs and the thriving economy are what makes working in Germany so appealing

Job market in Germany

Germany has the largest economy in Europe and the fifth largest in the world. The job market in Germany is generally strong and employment is high for skilled workers coming into the country, specifically in engineering, manufacturing and the IT sectors. Manufacturing is the foundation of the economy of Germany, a highly industrialised and densely populated country.

While the German-based multinational companies, such as Allianz, BMW, Siemens and Volkswagen, employ thousands of people, it is the small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) that can be held accountable for the success and size of the German economy.

Germany is also a popular destination for those who want to teach English as a foreign language. However, Germany is one of the few countries that expect English teachers to be able to speak the local language. For more information, read i-to-i Teach English in Germany .

To work as an English language assistant, the British Council - Language Assistants in Germany  scheme is available for students who have a minimum of AS level in German or equivalent. 

To find out more information about teaching English in Germany, check out TEFL.com .

Casual work and jobs in hospitality are also easy to come across.

Job vacancies

For jobs in Germany, search:

Usually there are no graduate schemes at companies in Germany, and it is with previous work experience that students secure jobs after university.

Work experience and internships in Germany

To find out about internships, go to DAAD - Student Internships .

Internships and summer work placements for students can also be arranged by:

  • AIESEC UK  - for students and recent graduates;
  • IAESTE UK  - for science, engineering and applied arts students.

Volunteering in Germany

Voluntary work is a great way to build your skill-set and learn a new language. It will help to have some money saved before you set off, as the vast majority of voluntary positions are unpaid. Volunteer positions look great on your CV and give you the chance to network and build contacts.

The European Commission (EC) funds a scheme called The European Voluntary Service (EVS) , which is aimed at people aged 18 to 30 wishing to volunteer abroad. It offers young people the chance to volunteer for up to 12 months in a number of European and non-European countries.

Opportunities vary from placements concerned with sport and culture to others focused on social care and the environment. For successful applicants, accommodation, travel, food and insurance are all covered by a European grant and you even receive a personal allowance each month.

Make sure you thoroughly research all volunteering opportunities and always check the terms and conditions before committing yourself to a scheme.

Language requirements

The majority of well-educated Germans have a strong grasp of English and can speak the language fluently. You will be expected to have a good knowledge of German, both spoken and written, to stand a chance of finding work. It is worth learning some before you go.

There are lots of German language courses in the UK and many good websites exist to help you learn a language or improve your skills. To test and then sharpen your skills, visit BBC Languages - German .

German visas and immigration

According to the EC, European Union (EU) citizens have the right to:

  • move to another EU country to work without a work permit;
  • enjoy equal treatment with nationals in access to employment, working conditions and all other social and tax advantages;
  • stay in the country even after employment has finished.

For more information and to check what conditions and restrictions apply, see:

EU nationals must obtain a certificate of residence upon gaining employment. To do this, you will need to show proof of employment and accommodation. This certificate will be allocated by the local Ausländeramt (Foreign Nationals Authority) or Einwohnermeldeamt (Residence Registration Office).

 

Further information

 
 
Written by Editor, Graduate Prospects
Date: 
May 2012
 
 

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