Interested in learning more about German jobs or wondering how to carve out a career in German? Then you’ve come to the right place.
I, too, as a German language student in my early teens wondered what sort of job possibilities might be open to me in the future as a result of speaking and understanding German.
I wanted to know if it would be ‘worth’ learning German. Well, it certainly was for me…so let’s see if it might be for you too!
Here you will learn about some of the possible jobs for German speakers and what might be the best option for you depending on your German knowledge, experience, location and other variables.
I will often refer to ‘German company’. However, this includes all German-speaking companies i.e. Swiss / Austrian. Also, for my non-native English speaking visitors, I will generally refer to ‘English’, ‘English speakers’ and ‘English skills’. However, these points apply irrespective of your native language.
(Click on the yellow links below for further information on each option.)
German Jobs Option 1:
Work for a multinational German company
Here I discuss a fairly simple but very effective way through which to begin a career in German is to work for a multinational German company. There are hundreds and hundreds of such companies with subsidiaries or sister companies all over the world. This is a perfect option for you if you are a German beginner and/or are not willing or able to up sticks and live in a German-speaking country.
German Jobs Option 2:
Jobs in Germany
Depending on your knowledge of German, you will generally find that trying to get a job in Germany is rather difficult, not least because there may be umpteen German candidates also applying for the position, all of whom will, of course, speak fluent German. However, here are a few examples of jobs in Germany suited to native English speakers with an average to good understanding of the German language:
1. Tour guide of a city / museum etc for English-speaking tourists
2. Waiter/waitress in an international restaurant/bar
3. English language teacher (discussed in further detail in Option 5)
German Jobs Option 3:
Become a German translator
If you speak fluent German and you understand the concept of translating meanings (please see my ‘Translation Tips’ section for further information,) you may want to consider becoming a German translator or German interpreter. If you are serious about becoming a translator or interpreter there are a few things you can do to improve your chances of being successful. For example, you could become certified by the American Translators Association or embark on a translation or interpretation degree offered at some universities.
German Career Option 4:
Become a German teacher
If you are passionate about German and feel you are at a stage where you are able to share your knowledge of the language, then becoming a German teacher may be the perfect option for you. Teaching has many benefits. In addition to being able to inspire and influence the lives of others now and in years to come, teachers - and German teachers in particular - are generally in short supply so you may find this is a less competitive career path which is likely to offer good job security.
German Jobs Option 5:
Teach English in Germany, Austria or Switzerland
Have you ever thought about teaching English in Germany, Switzerland or Austria? Teaching English as a foreign language in Germany would enable you to submerse yourself in the German language as you would be required to live there for a minimum of a year. This option is an excellent means of learning the German language and more about the culture, people, country and discovering Europe itself due to Germany’s central position.
German Career Option 6:
Work for the government
Although not usually a necessity unless working as a translator or interpreter, knowing a foreign language can be particularly useful in finding a post within the government and, in particular, within the Diplomatic service and other specialist positions. Such positions may involve meeting with representatives of foreign governments, negotiating issues or promoting exports and trade.
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