Author Archives: Eileen

About Eileen

Hello, my name is Eileen Little and I am a 23 year old trying to figure out how to make life work in Germany. Presently, I am an intern at the DAAD headquarters in Bonn, but looking for a more long term, permanent position. I grew up in Virginia Beach, VA located on the Eastern Coast of the US. I graduated in May 2007 from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science degree in the Geographic Science Program, concentration Global Studies, and a minor in Asian Studies. My first international experience began with a research project located in the Ifugao regions of Banue and Batad, Philippines during my junior year at university. Since then I have been trying to travel, work, study, and live abroad as much as possible. After graduation from university I moved to Shenzhen, China and taught English at an international primary school for a year. And now I have arrived in Germany, where I hope to gain even more international work experience and a bit of adventure at the same time.

Trying to find a job in Germany

Wir stellen ein. psmola @ aboutpixel.de So my internship at the DAAD has ended and now I am left with the heavy task of figuring out if I will be able to find a job here. I’m honestly beyond stressed out and wondering if all of this is going to be worth it in the end, and that is if I actually find employment. First, I haven’t found that many job announcements that will work with my degree or my current German skill level, although I am trying to improve the latter. And second, the feedback I have gotten from jobs I have applied to, write back stating that I don’t have that one special skill they were looking for such as, web design, and that is if they do write back at all. Frustrating!

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Settling into my new life in Germany

It's raining in Bonn. Flickr (cc) gregorius-mundusSo what have I been doing since I arrived here three months ago? Well, for the first three weeks I really just allowed myself to get acclimatized to my new surroundings here in Bonn. I rode the strassenbahn around town, complained about the weather, went to a couple of Christmas markets, ate my first wurst and drank warm glühwein. Then I celebrated the holidays, Christmas here, and New Year’s in Paris.

Soon after the festivities ended it was time for me to start my internship which I was thankfully able to secure before arriving in Germany. I am now in the middle of a four month contract with the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). Interning here has really been a great experience, and opened up my eyes to how Germans do business. I have had the pleasure of working in two different departments doing completely different task and truly enjoy the work.

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Finding my feet in Germany

LeavingI have now been in Germany for about three months, and I quickly learned that settling in, and figuring how to make a life for myself here is harder than I ever imagined. I suppose part of the reason I assumed, unjustly that this move wouldn’t be so hard is that I have done this all before. Meaning right after I graduated university I packed up my life into two big suitcases and moved to China, where I was able to make a life for myself. Complete with a small apartment, paying job, great friends, and amazing vacation time.

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