Is it language jobs you're after? Is the idea of working abroad a dream of yours?
Working abroad is an exciting adventure, one that is open to all. So sit back relax and read about how working in Germany is for you.
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It's well known that Germans are active people, and why shouldn't they be? What with breath taking mountains, forests, cliffs, vineyards and much more.
With all this just outside your door, think of the great memories and adventures you can create with friends and family.
You'll be happy to know that the weather in Germany is blue skies and sunny in the summer but cloudy and colder times should be expected in Winter.
Obviously the main language spoken in Germany is German. But you'll be happy to know many of the natives speak very good English and some are even bilingual and/or trilingual, making working here even easier.
As well as that many people already know that Germany has a strong economy, which makes it one of the best places to work and find your next language job.
Making the Move & Getting Started:
So once you have your language job sorted out and you've made the move to your new home, you will need to register with Einwohnermeldeamt, a department within each town hall, and in bigger cities there is one in most districts of that town. The majority allow you to go online to arrange an appointment, which can save you a lot of time.
Where many of the forms you will need are posted online so you can fill them out in advance.
When you go to register you will also need a few other documents:
- Passport/another valid photo ID
- Signed copy of your lease agreement
- Birth Cert
- Marriage Cert if married.
Remember that each time you move you need to re-register.
As well as that you also need to register with Finanzamt, a financial institution that is responsible for deducting taxes from your salary/wages which you can claim some of them back at the end of the year.
Now that you're working in Germany you will need to open a bank account, (Girokonto) so that you're salary/wages can be paid into for your work abroad.
To open an account you will need to bring along some photo ID.
Most common branches used:
A place to call your own:
Finding a home (apartment, house, flat) can take time, so before you make the move to Germany it would help to have this sorted out or at least have an idea.
If not that's OK maybe you want to get to know the area first, so we advise you look for short term accommodation so you can get a feel for the area. You could look for WG or Wohngemeinschaft (shared housing) while you are looking for a home of your own.
As well as the local classifed ad's the best places to look are:
Keep in mind for flats/apartments, a security deposit can be up to 3 month's (kalmiete – excluding utility costs).With your first month's rent & flats in Germany are usually unfurnished so you will need to furnish it yourself.
It's Not All Work Work Work You Know:
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
So for everyone out there who wants it all... you've got it.
- For the movie lovers: There's Berlinale, the annual film festival in Berlin in February.
- If music is your thing there's:
There are a lot of great festivals thorughout Germany during the Summer, the above are just a small few but they make for a great weekend.
- Mardi Gras: A pre-lenten celebration that end's on Ash Wednesday. It's known world wide as an amazing carnival with great activities and celebrations.
- Oktoberfest: The best part being it's a FREE event to attend, with beer served throughout the festival as well as fairground attractions and side shows. Its an amazing place to be and celebrate various other cultures.
For more why not visit:
- Yelp for tips on great restaurants, cafés, pubs and night life events.
- Groupon is the place to go for amazing deals you can avail of in the city you live in.
- For more tips on life and work in Germany, why not have a read of
So what are you waiting for? Click here for jobs in Germany right here at Careertrotter.
Pssst don't forget we also have a German website - take a look & let us know what you think