I have been asked this question several times, ‘do students find a job in Germany after finishing masters in Germany?’. I wish the answer was as simple as ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Here is my honest opinion on finding a job in Germany after finishing university in Germany.
Full disclosure: I’m neither a consultant nor work for any consultancy. I have no stakes involved in encouraging or discouraging you to come to Germany. The thing mentioned below are my own experiences or of those whom I know very well.
This is untrue for several general reasons which we will discuss later on. Secondly, as it stands today, IT related jobs are easiest to find in Germany. The main reason being, IT jobs have much lower language requirements than those in mechanical and electrical fields.
Now, that we are clear on that let’s move on to how difficult is it to find a job in Germany.
If you are planning to come to Germany. You probably have heard that Germany is short on skilled labor. In fact, Germany has relaxed visa restrictions for those in a STEM field to make immigration easier. It gets much easier for those who have studied at a university in Germany.
BUT! Don’t mistake the relaxed Visa requirements means companies would hand over jobs to anyone who has studied at a university in Germany.
Employment lawyer Franziska Voltolini from Berlin legal firm Mayr told The Local: “The bureaucratic hurdles for employers are a little higher than in the United States or Britain. But it is a myth that it is almost impossible to be fired [in Germany].”
As stated, after the probation period it is little difficult for employers to fire an employee in Germany. Thus employers usually take a lot of caution while hiring an employee.
Hiring an immigrant makes them all the more skeptical. Corporates have enough resources to hire and sack an employee. SMEs do not have that freedom. Thus you’ll always hear people complaining that the SMEs do not hire foreign nationals. Secondly, no matter what the law states. As a person, the first preference would always be given to a German national. You need to out-qualify by something substantial to find a ‘good’ job in Germany.
It’s more efficient and easy for the government to send a foreigner home than to keep paying the German citizen unemployment funds.
Let me be clear here, I’m not an expert. But since I’m a part of a startup and have witnessed hiring and firing of people in my workplace. Here is what I’ve seen.
How do you become more employable in Germany while you are studying? Again I’m not an expert, however here is my opinion from experience.
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