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Working Abroad - What Are My German Language Skills Worth?

2016-12-05 06:00:00 +0000 by Kellie-Anne Molloy

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Working Abroad is a great experience and something I feel we should all do at least once in our lives, you could go for just a year or more.

 We’ve placed many German speakers in a variety of sectors all over Europe and all have said how much they have and are enjoying their time abroad.

Some have stayed abroad for 1-2 years and others simply fell in love with the country and being abroad that they never looked back or even thought about returning to Germany.

You may be thinking – yes that’s all well and good to go working abroad but how can I fund my new adventure? Well in case you didn’t notice – Careertrotter is a Multilingual Recruitment Agency – we’ve done our research and we know where we can help you find a German job and fund your next adventure.

  • Can my German Language Skills get me any German job I want?

Yes and No – It depends on what it is that you want to do. Do you have any previous experience? If not then you will end up in a German speaking entry level job – these type of jobs could bring you to German Customer Service jobs, or German IT Jobs (if you have an affinity for IT) or even German Admin Jobs. At an Entry level in your career – you still have a lot to choose from and plenty of room to grow.

If you want something higher, you are going to need the skills and experience behind you. Want to be the next German speaking sales manager for an e-commerce company abroad? – then you will need to show you have the right experience. Fancy being a German speaking team leader in a call centre? – well, you will need to have some experience of being a German speaking team leader in a call centre.  You get where we are going with this right?

You will need the relevant experience for certain types of German jobs – so trust us when we call you – we know our stuff & just want to help you find the next great German job that’s right for your career.

  • Salaries Abroad: What are my German Language Skills Worth?

Simply Put: Your German language skills are worth more in Eastern Europe than in Western Europe. Think this is odd? Where did we get this from?

From considering the average annual income for German speaking jobs across the globe. For example, if you speak German and go to work in Poland where the average monthly income is 4500 Polish Zloty you will receive more than the average but in comparison to Ireland where the average annual salary is €33,000 but as an entry level German speaking candidate you will earn below this. However, your salary will grow as your experience grows. We have placed German speakers in customer service jobs and 5 years later they are earning well above the annual yearly income as they have grown their career and are now account managers.

Regardless of where you work abroad though – if you were to return to Germany – you can expect to earn a higher salary than before due to increased experience as well as bringing an international. 

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