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  • Location Nuremberg
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  1. Australian HECS/HELP debt and tax agreements

    Thanks for reporting Racoonbeak! That eases the pain a little!
  2. Speaking good German will greatly increase your chances as you are able to work with companies that predominantly speak German, which in Germany happens to be most of them. Even those that might use English as the language of documentation will tend to use German for much of the day-to-day work. It is worth having your language skills certified, as being self-taught might mean that you have important gaps in your abilities. I don't want to discourage you, but being able to pass the C1 exam is not sufficient for professional work. It means that you have all the foundations that you need, but you really have to keep improving so that you can follow complex conversations and contribute. I think that if you can master the language many other common migrant problems disappear. 
  3. Getting a job from abroad

    In my minimal experience in dealing with German companies, they tend to be looking to hire someone long-term and as such the hiring process is often longer and more intensive than countries with greater labour market flexibility. I find that my colleagues suggest they'll stay in a job a minimum of two years, even if they don't really like it otherwise it will reflect badly on them. I tend to think a year is reasonable. I know others consider 3 months to be above and beyond. It sounds like you're doing quite well on the job hunting front if you are making it to this point in the application. Your best bet is probably just being upfront and saying that you're really interested in the position, but know that it is very difficult to get the appropriate visa and ask if they can proceed further via video.   The other thing that you have to consider if you plan on moving here is that there are a large number of fixed costs in coming to Germany which might make it quite difficult for you to take up a job offer. You need the first months' rent, you need accommodation while you find somewhere to live, you will probably need furniture and even a kitchen, etc. 
  4. Retiring soon. What to do about health insurance?

    Wow, what a disturbing thread. I feel like every few months I come across another piece of small print in the German social contract that makes me wonder why anyone migrates here. Something else to read up on!
  5. There are a couple of problems you seem to be facing. Firstly it is worth remembering that you are a migrant working in a professional field in a country that generally sees migrants as here to do jobs that locals don't want to do. Further, your field is heavily language based which unless you are targeting your native language group will put you at a disadvantage. Coming to Germany as an engineer is one thing, coming here as a lawyer is another. Just because you were successful in one country does not mean that those professional skills will either translate or be recognised.    Secondly, your manager might be an exception: I have met Germans that graduated from university at 22, did a Masters at the same time as they were employed and by their late 20s are more than competent enough to manage a small team. Your manager might not be that person, but she might also be meeting the expectations of the organisation that you both work for.  As we get older it is natural that before long we will either be the same age as our managers, or be managed by people younger than us if we're working in a traditional corporate structure. At some point you're going to have to get used to it.    It sounds as though you are not very fulfilled in your current role. Why don't you do some consulting on the side? If no-one wants to hire you it might be a sign that your skills aren't as in demand as you might have thought?
  6. Australian to German driver's licence conversion

    Unfortunately the process is a joke and you're experience will depend almost entirely on which bureaucrat you meet on the day. When I transferred mine they wanted the date of issue of my first ever Australian licence. The reason given was that if you were registered as living in Germany at the time you were granted your licence it would not be recognized. My experience was that every appointment they would request a different document or ask me to meet another requirement; it can be a long road to accomplish a minor bureaucratic task. 
  7. Ageism and sexism in Germany

    It seems to be a global trope of the IT industry that all the jobs are going to be off-shored to India or Eastern Europe. I'd be curious to see if there is any evidence that the absolute number of IT has decreased during all of these supposed outsourcing periods. As far as I can see there has been a pretty steady growth in the industry and generally work has always been available in at least the same proportion as for other professionals (that is, taking into account recessions, etc).
  8. The process for you to enter and work in Germany is straight-forward as an Australian, it is complicated because you are looking to migrate and you have a preexisting medical condition. Australia is very easy to migrate to if you are young, healthy, English-speaking and well educated. If you aren't those things it really isn't straight forward, or even at times possible.    If you are serious about this the simplest way is to get married. Do it in Australia as the paperwork at both ends of the marriage (should it come to that) will be simpler. If you don't want to go that route the options others have laid out are what you need to do. The Vorrangsprinzip doesn't seem to be a massive barrier (based on reported success stories here), particularly if you can get a creative position through your partners family. Surely they want to acquire a business in Australia and as part of their due diligence want to employ an Australian accountant who is based in Germany? 
  9. Cologne Brexit Meeting - Wed 13th Feb

    How many Germans do you suppose live in the UK without B1-Level English? Just about everyone would finish school at that level or higher.    I don't imagine there is much faith on the Continent that UK immigration policy won't start becoming as onerous for EU citizens as it is for third-country nationals.   As a hypothetical, who doesn't think that learning the local language is a reasonable requirement for long-term visas?
  10. Cologne Brexit Meeting - Wed 13th Feb

    Just putting it out there that Germany has been very public in their wishes for the UK not to leave the EU, but at the same time warning that the benefits of EU membership will not be extended to non-members. The UK has created this situation, the EU is simply responding. Compared to what non-EU citizens need to go through in order to migrate to the UK, Germany has to be seen as a cakewalk. 
  11. There are very few places in Germany that are unsafe, so regardless of where you end up in and around BW you're going to be fine! I was surprised when I moved here that Maklers (real estate agents) invariably warned me about certain areas of the city as 'dangerous', despite the fact that I'm a foreigner too. What they meant was multi-cultural. When you get here take some time to walk around different areas, you can quickly see which areas don't appeal and which do.  
  12. Air Berlin and now Germania and now WOW

    The price of the ticket is set by the airline, and the taxes which apply are the same taxes which apply to other businesses. There are a large number of other fees and charges, but these apply to all airlines operating in the market. They may act to reduce overall demand, but they do not discriminate. If we consider which airlines are going under at the moment it is the budget airlines that had thin margins padded by discretionary expenditure. There is a problem with the business model, not with tax policy. It's also worth considering what those taxes and charges on the ticket are. Someone has to pay for the construction, operation and maintenance of airports, air traffic control, security, etc. 
  13. Brexit: The fallout

    And all this time the negotiating teams just lacked an appropriate infographic to explain to them how simple it all is...
  14. You have to be careful of what you are comparing here (income from wages, all sources, scaled for family size, etc), and without providing a source it's difficult to tell. BW is indeed very high on the scale (around ~3600 brutto ) but it's hard to believe 4k net is the average of all families. 
  15. Rent to Rent

    Why would you say that it's immoral? I have previously had colleagues who were extremely well paid but chose to rent a bed in a shared room in a shared flat because they were travelling with work for 200+ days per year, and when they were 'home' only wanted a place to sleep and leave some things. I agree that there are good arguments to be made that strict controls on subletting reduce the risk of exploitation (I personally support Germany's relatively restrictive stance on property usage and zoning), there are people who want those arrangements for a variety of reasons.