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About zwiebelfisch

  • Birthday 06/24/1976

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  • Location Wilmersdorf, Berlin
  • Nationality British
  • Hometown Kingston upon Thames
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1976
  • Interests Good coffee
    German Language
  1. Should William and Harry have followed Diana?

    Yeah whichever, the one that isnt ginger :D
  2. Should William and Harry have followed Diana?

    The public hate Charles, there are "constitutional" problems with Camila.  They are old.  Everyone loves Harry and his wife.   I would be amazed if Charles doesnt do the honourable thing and step aside.
  3. Best practices for applying to companies in Germany

      Also true.  The fact you have a place in a university here perhaps shows that you are serious about moving, but for a junior role many companies will seriously wonder if its worht hiring someone everseas.  Just the time difference for telephone interviews for example is annooying.
  4. Should William and Harry have followed Diana?

      Thas an odd response to a brit asking a question.
  5.   is that we either need less people wanting to live in a place, or more places for the people.  It isnt simple to solve, but it is this problem that needs to be addressed.  Setting a maximum price for rental or similar isnt a solution because it isnt addressing the right problem.
  6.   Quite so, many people seem to have a problem understanding that if we make a law things dont necessarily work out how we want and there will be side effects.  Anyone who thinks setting government mandated prices for things is a good idea should look at Venezuela.   Price controls do of course sound great, but as you say they have all kinds of effects that are contrary to the simplistic expectations people have and dont necessarily actually deliver the low prices everyone naively expects.   The solution is either to increase the number of properties or decrease the desirability of an area.  Simple as that, it is (in this case) as simple as supply and demand.  One way to reduce demand is to allow prices to rise until people would prefer to live elsewhere.  Its not an ideal solution, but it is actually what many cities seem to have chosen.  In london we have seen people moving to multiple occupancy (ie a WG for grown ups) as a way of increasing supply. Also not ideal.    Other solutions such as reposessing rich people properties whilst appealing to the socialists is as I stated above completely unrealistic, they will obviously work around the rules.  If we want the oligarcs to stop parking their money in property then the solution is most likely to be charging taxes.
  7. Jobseeking in HH w/o German gone serious

    Thats a fair point, but it doesnt alter the fact that marketing here is a mostly german speaking profession.  It would be unimaginable for our online marketing people to not speak german (just as an example) because virtually all the customer contacts they would be speaking to would wish to communicate in german.
  8. Student job scheme in Germany

    You can work (ie paid work, whatever it is whenever it is) up to a max of 20 hours per week.  Weekends count. You cannot work more during the semester break, at least you cannot take your average for the year over 20 hours per week.  I guess you are on a student visa ? I would strongly suggest not working illegally (ie over 20 hours).   I dont feel confident answering the other parts of the question, but I suspect the answers are similar (ie dont do it).
  9. Jobseeking in HH w/o German gone serious

      Sure, but most companies in germany mostly market to people in germany. The positions for people who cant speak the language at a high level exist but are much more limited.  Which is exactly what OP has found.  German companes want the people who do marketing for them to speak the language of their target market, with only (according to OP) about 2 or 3% interested in english speakers.   I would expect startups to be the most likely as they tend to aim more internationally and have a more anglo culture.
  10. Ratenkredit to buy property abroad

      It is actually a very bad thing.  Would you rather lend to someone who had a history of taking loans and paying them back, or to someone who never had a loan before and so has never proven themself?   The best credit rating is someone who uses credit appropriately, always paying back and never getting in too deep.
  11. Starting a new bacholer at the age of 28

      There are some very different things here.  For one, germany has much better non-university (ausbildung etc) options than many other countries, and it also has compared to *some* economies a generally better (ie lower) differential between the highest and the lowest paid. So looking at the "value" of a university degree doesnt get us the full story.    However the options for swapping from one career to another or from one degree subject to a career in another are much more limited than they are in the anglo economies.  It is quite normal in germany for someone to ask "how did you become X when you didnt study X".  Germany is one of the few places where people take the idea of needing a qualification to be a Kellner seriously and expect to see such academic minutiae as highschool grades on a job application.   The fact that germans consider eduction to be a kind of railroad that once you get on you are committed to is just that, a fact.  And tied into that is the assumption that to be something one must first learn it.  Sure quereinsteiger exist, I myself am one, but germans see me as a weird exception to the norm in a way that is completely alien to the uk.  Even after 20 of years in the field people ask me how and why.   However this doesnt really feed into the decision whether Maria should do a degree.  IT is a special case.
  12. Starting a new bacholer at the age of 28

    As much as germany is a "what qualification do you have" based economy, I think you should tell us more about what you can do.  Knowing that you are an economics graduate doesnt tell me much other than that you can probably qualify as an accountant with a minimum of fuss.  What can you see yourself doing?  My experience is mostly in IT and I could imagine your skills may be to some extent transferable to account management or similar.  In terms of working as an economist or journalist reporting on the economy or whatever I am well out of my depth.
  13. Recommended online website builder

    I can say from the experience of digging people out of holes that they have dug for themselves that there is no such thing as a simple and easy website builder anyone can use.  What are apparently the simplest of simple things have wasted days of my time trying to work out why things dont work the way they should midway through someones pet project or other.   I would typically agree that anyone ought to be able to do wordpress, but even then Ive seen people pulling their hair out because "I did exactly what I always do and now all I get is a blank page".  The barrier isnt too high for wordpress, but Id suspect for anything more than a hobby project it would be worth forking out a few hundred to a student who knows about wordpress, can invest the time in fixing anything and has some kind of design eye that allows them to create a website that doesnt make you cringe when you look at it.     This is the key point.  The most common request I ever had, other than "my laptop doesnt work anymore can you take a look" is "we have this simple website, we just need to change this little thing, can you do it" and then you are off down the rabbit hole for 3 days looking at some kind of weird spaghetti someone who clearly doesnt understnad the tool has botched together and you realise it would be quicker to do the whole thing over than to fix it.
  14. Starting a new bacholer at the age of 28

    In terms of value on the german market, as discussed somewhere else concurrently, german IT companies dont tend to see age as particularly negative, though you might well end up deciding you need a masters too, so expect it to be more like 5-6 years study rather than about 3.    Whether or not it is worth it depends mostly on your level of interest, motivation and skill. If you are not really interested in IT and dont have a natural talent for it then it will most likely be a horrible 3 or 4 years at the end of which you will have a mediocre grade and quite likely low employability.  Even in IT fresh batchelor graduates dont have it all easy.   On the other hand if you love IT, enjoy programming, have a raspberry Pi at home and so on then it will be a fantastic learning experience and will set you up for a career you love.   But then if you are someone with a natural love and affinity for the subject, as SpiderPig so eloquently suggested maybe you dont need an IT degree.  I for example dont have one and it hasnt harmed my career in the least here, and I am far from alone, some of the best people I work with have degrees as varied as Japanese and biology.
  15.   Im sure any number of security companies would be more than willing to provide a live in security guard to ensure the property is never empty for a reasonable fee.  As an added bonus, you have a guy there looking after it so you know noone is breaking in or squatting there.   In fact Id suspect a reasonable number of the "empty" properties already have a deal much like this, either way your communist landgrab isnt going to work in london.