Expat Life: How I Found a Job and Moved to Germany

by Greg Webb

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If you had asked me two years ago if I would be here in Cologne, Germany, the fourth largest city in the country, I would have likely laughed in your face and asked, “With what money?!”

However, approaching my final year of college and with no clear plans other than graduating, I felt the pressure building; coinciding with this pressure, an urge to explore myself and the world. After all, how much can you really know about yourself if you’ve never been uncomfortable, or left to fend for yourself in the unknown?

After taking some time to consider my options, I made a quick list of things that I’ve always been interested in—to help make my approach easier to find. Here is a very condensed version of what I came up with:

  1. I studied German for four years in high school. Okay, that’s a start.
  2. I always played music, for 75 percent of my life. Okay good but, let’s take a step back..
  3. German, traveling, boredom… Off to Germany it is!

I’ll admit, the decision wasn’t made so abruptly. However, when looking back, it sure feels like it was made overnight.

After deciding that I would like to spend some of my post-college years in Europe discovering the world and what it has to offer other than a rat race for fast cars, 401k’s, and unrivaled social circles, I began my research and came upon a language technology company based just outside of Marburg, Germany offering positions to native english speakers. Okay, sounds pretty nice—draw up application, letter of motivation, etc, etc, etc, and DONE!

After a few weeks I received a response with very good news and began packing my bags almost immediately. At the time, I had no idea what was in store for me and the adventures to come would eventually shake all of my core beliefs and flip my entire world as I knew it upside down. Or maybe in this case, upside-right.

Next up: Passport control, customs, and all of the details about getting into Europe.

By | 2017-03-21T23:16:46+00:00 December 30th, 2014|Expat Life, General, Living in Germany, Working in Germany|4 Comments

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  1. Ahsan Waheed December 31, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    i need a study visa for Graduation

  2. Sumit Chawla December 31, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I have done BBA in graduation and advance diploma course and b2.2 level in German language. Can you please suggest me what should I do further?? I want to study in Germany.

  3. ahmed chebbah December 31, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I Ahmed of Algeria. I hold Master’s degree in Business Law I want to improve my skills through scientific finding jobs in Germany to that enjoyed by the country’s human and material potential to assist in that. So I ask you to help and guidance, if possible. In the latter accepts high thanked me and appreciation

  4. OxfordsMadHatter January 3, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Happened upon your blog, as I typed in things to do Bamberg. Nicely presented and we are of to enjoy Bamberg today. My friends who live near Stuttgart are American-Japanese family over here, so I will tell them to follow your site news. On another note, Mad Hatter says you must visit Oxford while you’re in Europe!

    Gutes neues yahr!

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