Aug
21
2013

Finding a Job or Internship in Germany – by Linda Lounder

2013_germanypicIf not cautious with your spending’s, as a student in Germany you may face numerous financial difficulties that lead to hunting for a job. Working part time while studying is a great opportunity to break the routine, meet new and interesting people and gain a hand full of experience on your field of expertise as well as different yet exciting lines of duty.

Before you start dreaming about the first day of your next job, one should consider some tiny legal obstacles that might come in your way.

Germany has this compulsory regulation for the students who are travelling in from the countries outside the European Economic Area allowing them to work in Germany for only 120 full time days and 240 part time days in a year. This doesn’t apply for the students from the member of the European Union however because Germany prioritizes the studies they are allowed to work no more than 20 hours per week.

Of course there are always exceptions for the students who obtain a job at the University or become a graduate assistant, this law doesn’t apply.

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If the monthly salary exceeds the sum of 400 euros, highly unlikely as I reckon, the student is obliged to pay taxes and the social security contributions.

Germany is an open market for jobs to sustain your existence. Usually when working with a smaller German company one is required to be at least proficient in German language. So if you are unable to speak German, you will be limited in the job market.

In order to ease your way into getting a job in this country one must master the German language skills quite proficiently needless to say. German language is indeed difficult to learn. Albeit its terrorizing grammar and hopeless pronunciation it’s not impossible. If you get familiar with the language while you are in Germany, many doors can open.  By making an effort you will automatically win any German’s heart and their patience will help you improve your skills as well! With this improvement you will gain access to any job position of your niveau, fair and square.

However, because Germany is a highly developed country, there are several multinational companies in search of employers (without a language proficiency – even though that’s always a plus!). All in all, Germany has it all. For those who are new to this country here are some massive multinational corporations operating in and out of Germany.

Adidas

German Multinational Corporation that designs and manufactures sports footwear. Besides sports footwear, Adidas also produces other products such as bags, shirts, watches, eyewear, and other sports- and clothing-related goods.

Bayer Pharmaceuticals

German chemical and pharmaceutical company founded in Barmen Germany in 1863. It is headquartered in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia and well known for its original brand of aspirin.

Dr. Oetker

Dr. Oetker is a German company that produces baking powder, cake mixes, yogurts, frozen pizza, pudding, cake decoration and much more. Also included in the portfolio are a maritime freight business, a bank, a publishing company, an insurance outfit, breweries and a number of high-class hotels all over Europe.

Muller

It is a multinational producer of dairy products, with a headquarters in Fischach in the German state of Bavaria. The group includes a number of companies operating under the Müller name.  It is best known for its range of yogurts, including the trademark ‘Müller Corner’ and ‘fresh milk based drinks’

Fuchs Petrolub

Fuchs produces a wide range of products, which include automotive lubricants (engine motor oils and transmission, for motor cars, motorcycles, agricultural, plant and stationary engines), metalworking lubricants, industrial, civil engineering, and hydraulic products. Fuchs also produces the Planto range of biodegradable products.

Tetra

Tetra is a big fish food manufacturing company founded by a young German scientist, Dr. Ulrich Baensch.

Infineon Technologies

Infineon Technologies AG, in Neubiberg near Munich, offers semiconductors and systems for automotive, industrial, and multimarket sectors, as well as chip-card and security products. With a global presence, Infineon operates through its subsidiaries in the USA, from Milpitas, California, and in the Asia-Pacific region, from Singapore and from Tokyo, Japan.

Sixt

Sixt is a European car rental company headquartered in Pullach, Germany. It has around 4,000 service stations in over 105 countries. Sixt was founded in 1912 by Martin Sixt in Munich, and continues to expand internationally.

Siemens

German multinational engineering and electronics conglomerate company headquartered in Munich and Berlin, Germany. It is the largest Europe-based electronics and electrical engineering company.

Mercedes, Volkswagen, BMW

These three are automobile manufacturing giants that operate all around the world.

Guest blogger: Linda Lounder, international student in Germany

About the Author: Katie Idle

About our business, Study and Go Abroad is the 'go to' site for Canadians looking to study abroad, travel, intern or volunteer. We organize fairs twice a year in various cities in Canada, and I'd recommend getting down to one of them to check out all the exciting options. As for me, I'm a business woman and a travel junkie! I have always had a passion for travel and for experiencing new cultures. Brought up in England, I traveled Europe in my teens and early 20s. I have lived and worked on 3 continents; Europe, Africa and North America. I have traveled extensively worldwide both for work and for fun - and still can't believe how much of the world there is still to see!

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