Help us move to Europe.
June 17, 2014 4:11 PM Subscribe
My partner and I are finally in a position where we can seriously work towards relocating from the US to Europe (specifically Germany). Help us make this a reality.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I just finished an advanced degree and we're getting married soon, so we want to finally pursue our dream of moving to Europe for at least several years. My past attempts securing a transfer have not panned out, so we're trying to figure out both a) the most likely way to get us both over there and b) the way that will be most beneficial to us salary-wise. The options we see currently are:
1) Find a US-based company/organization looking to send someone overseas.
2) Find a German company/organization willing to hire foreigners and relocate them.
3) Advanced degrees at a German university (my partner would do the program and I would come along as spouse).
If my partner finds the new job or starts the degree program, I can work remotely at my current employer but it would probably eliminate any further upward mobility at this job. If I get the new job, my partner would have to find new work when we get to Europe.
Some relevant professional details that might be important:
-Both of us are engineers (bioengineer and mechanical engineer)
-I speak enough German not to starve to death in the streets; partner does not speak any.
-I have some professional contacts in the defense industry in Germany and here in the States that work with Germans, but these have not helped me in the past.
Given the options we've laid out and the skills that we have, what's our best option? I've heard that working for a US company overseas is preferable to working for a "native" German company (due to extra perks like housing allowances, cost of living adjustments, etc.) - is this still true? How do we present ourselves in the job search as willing and eager to relocate? Are we missing anything else?