What english-speaking jobs are there in Germany?
December 23, 2005 4:25 AM   Subscribe

What sorts of English-speaking jobs are available in Germany?

I've made up my mind that next year I'll give in to my wanderlust and plant myself abroad to work, probably in Germany, where I studied abroad and loved it. I speak some German, but it's pretty rusty, so I would need an English-speaking job, at least initially. I know I can try to teach English, but what other sorts of English-speaking jobs are there to be had in a place like Germany (where so many natives speak English quite well)? I'm a college graduate with a political science degree and some experience in public relations, but the job can (and probably will) be totally unrelated. I'm open to anything!
posted by TunnelArmr to Travel & Transportation around Germany (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I assume you have an EU passport ...

Check out www.expatica.com for starters. All sorts of international companies use English as their working language.
posted by different at 5:12 AM on December 23, 2005

Sorry, more accurately: Expatica Jobs.

International sites like Monster are also good (use the German site) - use "English" as a search term.
posted by different at 5:14 AM on December 23, 2005

I'm procrastinating, can you tell? Here's the monster search for you (sorry, you'll have to copy and paste)

posted by different at 5:18 AM on December 23, 2005

A friend of mine moved to Austria to be with a woman and learned German from scratch in an IT position - the job actually being in Liechtenstein. If you have some useful job skills and are honest you may be able to get by with what you have, (providing they're not in something with a customer interface). You need to work on convincing them that you will get up to speed asap.
posted by biffa at 6:32 AM on December 23, 2005

Where are you from and how old are you? If you're in the US, I'd recommend some of CDS' programs. There are age requirements for the different programs, some require student status, some require special skills... but it can't hurt to check it out and see if you fit the requirements.

They're short-term placements, but if you're moving to another country, short-term placements are a good way to get your foot in the door, so that an employer might be willing to turn an internship or short-term position into a full-time thing and sponsor you for a work permit. It would also give you an opportunity to try out living in Germany before committing to a lifetime move.
posted by srah at 8:56 AM on December 23, 2005

Check out http://aafes.com as well as http://www.chra.eur.army.mil/ for jobs on military posts. There are a wide variety of retail jobs - everything from Burger King to Public Relations - that you can take with AAFES to get yourself acquainted with how the military works in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, and then transition into a government gig. There are several types of jobs working for the government, but all are english-speaking and working with Americans. They don't usually pay moving costs, but they often do pay in Euros and provide housing subsidies. Good luck!
posted by spslsausse at 11:17 PM on December 23, 2005

The Up With People European office is based in Switzerland, but they can probably give you ideas for working with them in Germany (mainly admissions, though they would REALLY appreciate public relations people).

The current Cast Director, Robert Sloat, is from Massachussets and actually worked in Germany for a while even though he didn't quite know the language at the time. (He's now based in Denver) I could probably ask him what he did, or introduce you to him, if you want.
posted by divabat at 12:22 AM on December 24, 2005

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