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Germany for job prospects

Going continental: not only breakfast-wise this could be a refreshing alternative.
Whilst the British job market is still somewhat under the weather, the German economy has picked up pace rather quickly, after the recession, and employers are facing difficulties in filling all the positions needed for a further fertilization of the flourishing marketplace.

There is a high requirement in engineering, for IT people, mathematicians, physicists, in micro- and nano-technology, in fact all things high-tech.

Those who have experienced business in Germany through company contacts, a temporary posting or an internship will confirm that there is a very welcoming attitude towards speakers of English and that centuries of exchanging literature, music, Royals and, in later decades, film, TV and footballers have brought the cultures closer together than any historic idiot could have imagined.

In the past, quite a number of Britons made their first contact with Germany through a posting within the British Forces and many have chosen to stay and set up a career and family life on the other side of the Channel.
This decision used to be facilitated by a rather good level of support that they received in the transition.
However, this link is not everybody’s cup of tea, and about to be discontinued, anyway.

So, is there help for people who would like to venture on the German job market?

For a start, you can find lots of useful tips, also in English, under http://www.goethe.de/uun/ogf/lid/sad/deindex.htm
More in-depth information, from a British viewpoint, seems to be harder to find.

A very good anthology has recently been published in French http://www.lextenso-editions.fr/ouvrages/document/230628 *, by Barbara Pasquier, a journalist, living between France and Germany herself.
She calls it a “toolbox” and in fact, that is what it is: Readers will find

  • information on the specific requirements when settling in Germany, typical  stumbling blocks such as residency or medical insurance etc.
  • conditions that are specific to individual industries or status, i.e. posting or local contract, internship, self-employed, dependants
  • job seeking and job centres, application culture
  • business culture
  • flat or house hunting
  • information for families, crèche, kindergarten, school
  • tax, bank, utilities, car/driving licence, insurance, marriage, divorce and other unforeseen circumstances and what to do if you want to leave the country again…
  • and, highly recommended, a dictionary of useful terms and expressions that you might need in everyday life, in contact with authorities and employers.

A very handy toolbox it is indeed, and probably one that the English speaking market could do with as well.

Auf Wiedersehen, pets


*The book is also available here (at a slightly lower price): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Travailler-vivre-Allemagne-expatri%C3%A9s-frontaliers/dp/2297003021/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1298384587&sr=8-1

Goethe for a grey November day

Building your business is like planting a garden. A fellow translator once said that and I liked it then.
Looking out of the window on a grey November day, the idea sounds less tempting.
Well, it might be right with regard to careful planning and selecting the best suited soil, plants and fertilizer – but what about Darwin and survival of those that adapt best?
What about the joyful discovery of new developments, of beautiful wild flowers and berries, what about attracting birds and butterflies?
On a grey November day, let’s support the artistic angle of the language business.
The land of translation is like the land of song: Infinite and inspiring, disregarding whether you’re dealing with joyful, exciting, simple, complicated or even dull varieties.
You struggle, you discover, you enjoy the plenitude.

And, as for the building aspect, there is an ever true stanza from Goethe’s ‘Singspiel’ (playlet) Lila, set as a song (‘Beherzigung’) by Brahms and other composers:

Cowardly thoughts,
in anxious vacillation,
sissyish* hesitation
fearful lamentation
will not change adversity
will not set you free.

Opposing all force
staying true to one’s course,
never to yield,
maintaining your field,
will call the arms of the Gods
to your side.

*mmhh, obviously Goethe and his contemporaries wouldn’t have used the term “sissyish”. The Man himself called it “weibisch”, woman-like, effeminate – nothing to do with political correctness, it sounds wrong nowadays. Even someone’s attempt to translate the thought by spineless doesn’t cover the idea. Tough luck for our sisters called Sissy – the word fits best.

Markets or windmills?

A glorious late autumn day is laughing by my window, laughing at my chase of wild internet geese, giggling at the sight of an optimistic one-person business trying to pick up threads on the global translation market.
Lovely India, why does my heart sink at the sight of your name?  Venerable China, how come you’re worrying me? Is the global market just a giant Kinderdijk, the Dutch windmill wonderland? Are internet hunters just armies of fameless Don Quixotes?
Thank God, my good old personally known customers are still around – however, they could do with some company.

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November start

2nd November, what a good day for a fresh start. Today, I’m meeting a French friend who is interested in sharing business ideas – finding translation customers but also drafting the offer of language courses for businesses in the area. People want to do more business with Germany and France, it seems.