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Working, Studying in Germany


From one of the Whatsapp groups I have joined with other Duolingo users I noticed quite a few people studying or working in Germany.

Does anyone here have any tips, idea's websites on how to get a job (specifically in Germany or other German speaking countries such as Austria).

I'm looking to move to Austria where my girlfriend lives and works (hence I am on here learning German). So I'm looking for info, websites, or companies that could assist with that.

From what she has told me, in Austria companies generally do not use recruitment companies. I'm looking for information on how best to approach making applications, how your CV should look etc etc.

So, if anyone has done this, or is also trying and would like to share some idea's that would be awesome!

March 2, 2018



i'm a software engineer from germany and i got my job via: https://www.monster.de/ i was contacted by various companies after registering there. in germany we also have the "Arbeitsamt" (now officially "Bundesagentur für Arbeit" https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbeitsamt ), which is the "official" place to register for unemployment and they are responsible for helping you find a job, too. but they are not good at that. don't rely on them in any way. but they know of at least some jobs.

some of my colleges were found by my current company via monster, too. others via headhunters or recruitment companies. companies in germany currently like to complain about a "Fachkräftemangel" ( "skilled worker shortage", https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fachkr%C3%A4ftemangel#Politische_Diskussion_in_Deutschland ). therefore, chances are much better than a decade ago to find a job, especially for well educated people. but there is of course no guarantee.


Endkunden kontaktieren meist (=fast nie) jedoch keine Bewerber.

Die Zeiten von www.jobpilot.de oder wie auch immer das damals noch 2000 hieß sind leider vorbei, wo man zu einem CV oft passgenau kontaktiert wurde (wiederum viel IT-Consulting).

Auf Monster finden sich viele IT-Consulting Firmen UND zahlreiche Personalrecruiter / Headhunter.

Genau von jenen Firmen wird man oft dann auch kontaktiert, wenn man seinen CV online schaltet.

Ich rate daher eher zu Direktbewerbung bei Firmen an die Kontaktadressen zu Stepstone Anzeigen.


Thanks for this detailed response, will look into it!


Thanks alot for this!


My brother in law works for a UK company at home. His home just happens to be in Germany!


Will check this out, thanks a bunch!


I was in a similar boat as you -- I'm a girl from the US with an Austrian boyfriend. Simply put, if you're not from the EU you're going to have a difficult (read: near impossible) time finding a job, unless you have the skills and professional experience to make yourself attractive to IGOs like the UN, IAEA, etc. Practically no company wants to go through the difficulties of visa sponsoring someone who is not from the EU. To bypass this problem I decided to get my Masters degree in Austria (they have quite a few programs taught in English here!) and I'll soon be applying for the RWR card, which allows non-EU citizens to get a job in Austria. I'd definitely look into this if it's something that fits your life.

If you are from the EU, lucky you! I've found plenty of jobs available on various job boards: Indeed, LinkedIn, etc.


Thanks for this information!

What part of Austria are you living in?

I think I should have the required skill set, as I am an electrical service technician and have done a few training programs and worked a once off job for a few weeks in Germany.

Interesting on the studying thing, did you have to apply for a study visa? I'm from South Africa and we have quite a weak passport so have to have a visa to get into the UK, EU and US.


I'm in Vienna.

Oh, having a valuable skill should help! Definitely check out the RWR card point system.

As for school, you just apply and get accepted to a masters program and then apply for the student visa. I've met people from a variety of countries in Austria on a student visa, so I can't see being from South Africa excluding you. You need to pay higher school fees as a non-EU student, but it amounts to around 750 euros a semester (as an American that's WAY cheaper than what I can get back home.) The hoops you have to jump through to get a student visa can get a bit complicated as well - you need to have proof that you can support yourself financially while you're there, they ask for an insane amount of paperwork, etc. Luckily it's all worth it, in my opinion!


For jobs in Berlin, https://www.berlintopjobs.com is a great resource if you are looking for a job in English(German is always is big plus).

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