Depending on your knowledge of German, you will generally find that jobs in Germany are rather difficult to obtain, not least because there may be umpteen German candidates also applying for the positions, all of whom will, of course, speak fluent German.
Furthermore, they will in live in Germany, thus incurring fewer costs for the hiring company (i.e. no or few relocation costs).
Nevertheless, you may have one or more of these three advantages over a native German, particularly if your German skills are advanced:
1.Excellent English skills – If the job requires a ‘fluent’ / ‘native’ English speaker you will clearly have the lead over a German candidate.
2. Expertise in your field – Are you an expert in your field? You may find it easier to find a job if you are an expert or particularly experienced in your field.
3. Work at a ‘sister’ company – Do you work at a multinational German company, as described in Option 1? Having a contract at a sister company in your home country may make getting a position at the headquarters in a German speaking country much easier.
Your main advantage, however, is most likely to be your English skills. In this case, you will normally find your role will involve speaking English in your daily business. However, there certainly will be times where you will be required to speak and understand German. I, therefore, recommend you have at least basic German conversational skills for this option.
Here are a few examples of positions in Germany suited to native English speakers with an average to good understanding of the German language:
- Tour guide of a city / museum etc for English speaking tourists
- Waiter/waitress in an international restaurant/bar
- English language teacher (discussed in further detail in Option 6)
Alternatively, your role may require you to speak and understand German at all times. This really does require an excellent command of the German language and a confidence to speak without being afraid of making mistakes. The Germans do not like ditherers, particularly when it comes to business, so I recommend you are fluent in German (or near to) before taking on such a role.
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