'We pay high taxes for our own safety'
Published: 01 Jul 2013 11:39 CET
Where are you located and what do you do?
I'm currently located in Hannover, working as a software developer for an international oil and gas services company.
What brought you to Germany and how long have you been here?
I've always wanted to study either in the USA or in Germany – that's where the best engineering universities in my field can be found. After long consideration, I decided to come to Germany to pursue a Master's degree and now I feel I have made the right decision. I've been living here for the past seven and a half years.
How did you land your job and do you have tips for anyone seeking similar work?
It was an easy transition for me as I did an internship in the last semester of my Masters and the company offered me a position as soon as I finished my studies. A good Bachelor/Master thesis adds a lot of value to any recent graduate when applying for a job.
Is it important for you to be able to speak German in your position?
Getting a job here, especially in my area of work – computers and IT - would be relatively easy if you can speak German. Though my Master's course was in English, I learned German to increase opportunities in the job market.
What are the key differences between practicing your profession here and in your home country?
One difference is that the German working system is much more efficient.
What are the best and worst parts about working in Germany?
The best part I'd say is that employees have a feeling that their job is secure due to the employee-oriented laws here. Once employed, it's not so easy for a company to dismiss them. And, of course, that's not to mention the thirty days of paid vacation.
I haven't found any negatives working in Germany. Though many complain about the high taxes, I think we pay them for our own safety, both in our jobs and in our lives.
Do you plan on staying?
I have no plans to leave Germany any time soon and I'm also now considering the option of applying for a German citizenship.
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