• Germany's news in English

'I'll never in my life regret coming to Germany'

The Local · 5 Aug 2013, 08:44

Published: 05 Aug 2013 08:44 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Where are you located and what do you do?

I am in my second year of my PhD at the University of Gießen. My research focuses on the budding new field of science, Epigenetics and Stem Cells and their role in Development and Cancer.

What brought you to Germany and how long have you been here?

I had been looking for opportunities in Germany to pursue a doctorate degree and Gießen welcomed me with open arms. It has been a year this May since I moved here. I'd never been to Europe before and the amazing things I heard or read about both Europe and Germany are true.

How did you land your job and do you have tips for anyone seeking similar work?

I was keen to work in Europe, especially Germany because my field of work is highly advanced over here. My current boss had offered me a position and I was more than happy to accept it and move here. I would advise others to be patient and search intensively for all the universities offering such programmes. I also would like to add a note for the people who are afraid to be away from home, as in my case India, that Germany offers something for everyone. It is a multicultural place and you will never feel alone.

Is it important for you to be able to speak German in your position?

It is not mandatory to know German, doing what I do, as all the meetings and my work itself requires English. But nevertheless, it helps a great deal to know German as it makes it easier to interact with your colleagues and travelling across Germany easier. But I have to say, I'm into my second year of staying here and I can safely say that I understand German even though I am not yet able to converse. But I hope to become fluent in German as a mark of respect for the people I've known here. Most of the people I know here speak amazing English so it's never been a problem for me.

What are the key differences between practising your profession here and in your home country?

There a quite a few key differences between the work here and in India. I would say the timings of work are more defined here and great importance is given to 'me' time or quality time spent with family. This I have learnt as a lesson for life after coming to Germany. Having said that, even if one works fewer hours here, it is more efficiently done and thereby one achieves more in a shorter time. Back home in India, people at work would become an extended part of family and I think that is missing here a little bit.

What are the best and worst parts about working in Germany?

Story continues below…

The best part of working here is one gets to learn how to do things right and Germany sets you up for life. Another thing is the different kind of people you meet and the vast travelling that can be done across Europe on a single visa. You have to travel both within Europe and in Germany because it's such a beautiful place.

The weather is awesome and Gießen looks beautiful at Christmas time. The difficult part for me is being a vegetarian. But the key is to be well prepared and everything can be managed.

Do you plan on staying?

I have another two to three years here to complete my degree. I would like to stay a few more years if the right opportunity comes along. But I really don't see myself settling down here because I really would love to go back to India somewhere down the line and try to give back something. The one decision I'll never regret in my life is coming to work in Germany.

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Creepy clown scare spreads to Germany
Two of the clowns were apparently equipped with chainsaws. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP file picture

Police said Friday five incidents involving so-called scary clowns had occurred in two north German town, including one assailant who hit a man with a baseball bat, amid fears that Halloween could spark a rash of similar attacks.

Student fined for spying on women via their webcams
Photo: DPA

Student from Munich fined €1,000 for spying on 32 different computers, using their webcams to take photographs, or record their keyboard history.

This is how much startup geeks earn in Germany
Photo: DPA

A comprehensive new survey of 143 startup founders shows how much you are likely to be earning at a German startup, from entry level all the way up to sitting on the board.

Man dies after beating for peeing near Freiburg church
The Johannes Church in Freiburg. Photo Jörgens Mi/Wikipedia

A middle-aged man from southern Germany has died after being attacked by a group of men who took umbrage with the fact he was urinating in the vicinity of a church.

The Local List
Seven German celebrities with uncanny doppelgängers
Former Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit and actor Alec Baldwin. Photo: DPA; Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Check out these seven look-a-likes of well known German figures - we admit that some are more tenuous than others...

Israel seeks to buy three new German submarines: report
A Dolphin class submarine. Photo: DPA

Israel is seeking to buy three more advanced submarines from Germany at a combined price of €1.2 billion, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.

Here’s where people live the longest in Germany
Photo: DPA

Germans down south seem to know the secret to a long life.

More Germans identify as LGBT than in rest of Europe
Photo: DPA

The percentage of the German population which identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is higher than anywhere else in Europe, according to a new study.

'Reichsbürger' pair attack police in Saxony-Anhalt
File photo: DPA.

A "Reichsbürger" and his wife attacked police officers on Thursday, just a day after another Reichsbürger fatally shot an officer in Bavaria.

Five things not to miss at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Photo: DPA

From consulting a book doctor to immersing yourself in an author's world with the help of virtual reality, here are five things not to miss at this week's Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest publishing event.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd