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  1. Hello everyone,   I am an experienced creative communications expert with almost a decade of experience up my sleeve. I come from the non-EU Eastern Mediterranean region and I moved to Berlin 3 years ago because of my German husband. From day one, I realized that I have to learn German to succeed, so I enrolled in classes to learn the language (currently I am at b2.2 level). I also enrolled at a reputable German university and got a second masters degree with an outstanding grade. I did everything that I can do to enter the job market successfully.   Soon after finishing my degree, I started applying to different jobs in the non-profit sector. Three months later, I was invited to interview for a position at a reputable transnational (inter-governmental) agency. I did not get the position that I coveted, but got offered a lesser-level job. The job is far below the managerial position that I had back home, but I took it because of the prestige that comes with working in the institution, which I thought would boost my CV-- part of my pledge to earn the trust of the market & start building a network.    Soon, I realized that my boss is a 28 year-old German woman (I am almost in my mid 30s). In Germany, 28-30 year olds have just finished their studies, or have done odd jobs and an occasional short internship or two. And unlike 28 year olds in fiercely capitalist countries, they lack the maturity that comes with working systematically with a variety of people outside a university setting.    To keep it short, my manager has zero emotional intelligence, with a zero hands-on approach. She is focused more on how excel sheets are organized than reaching project goals on time. She also deliberately isolates us and buries substantial chunks of creative work so that we do not outshine her in front of her superiors. In the past months, the team ended up doing her work and fighting with her to assign tasks so that we can meet crucial deadlines like sending out reports to our funding partner on time and renewing a contract with our IT service provider.    Upper management has fully acknowledged the problem after substantial and continuous proof. It is relieving to know that action is being taken and they will restructure, but this will take a lot of time.   The problem is: Change is very slow and for now, she remains our manager. I am stuck in this rut and time is passing + I feel that I am stagnating at a stage in my life where I should be at a very different level career-wise (a complete horror).   The question is: what does it take to succeed in Germany and to move to the next level? I am not talking about skills in my field because I have very solid expertise that can be built on. I want to know, what is expected of managers here (in the non-profit sector)?    I am a magnanimous person who focuses on the big picture, but who is demonstrably able to strategize and reach project aims. I have the feeling that this managerial style is not appreciated here. I also have the feeling that the concept of transferrable skills and multi-disciplinarity is not much understood.   Should I become an excel sheet lover who speaks in swift excruciating detail + a focused tunnel view? Does this bluff the average German? Should I start practicing? Should I start embracing silos?    How can I move to the next level (elsewhere)? Should I take team management courses? Do Germans like certificates? Would that work?    Am I expected to stay in one single company to reap the rewards of climbing up the career ladder?    What works? What doesn't?   Anecdotes, tips, advice, and constructive feedback are all welcome!     Culturally confused,    Pamela    
  2. Dear friends,    Wanted to know if you live in Germany and bought a car in Switzerland, can you register there and drive in Germany  ? because wanted to know because some of my friends want to make that or if you buy car in Germany and register in Switzerland ? Can you do that?   Thank you 
  3. Hi everyone,   Time: From Monday 27th of May until the 29th of May.   Location: Frankfurt am Main.   Organizer: DGB Bildungswerk Hessen e.V.   Cost: 100% free, includes free coffee and free lunch (compliments of Land Hessen).   Seminar Name: So funktioniert Deutschland   Link: I am not sure if it’s allowed to post link here. You could easily google the organizer and on their main page click on Bildungsurlaube im Rahmen des Projekts "Demokratie braucht politische Bildung" The name of the Seminar is: "So funktioniert Deutschland - Nützliches Wissen und Tipps für den Alltag“ You can register online.   As a foreigner and a public servant, I will be sharing some basic information about the German government and some tips how to deal with the bureaucracy. I have attached flyer, however feel free to call DGB Bildungswerk Hessen e.V. if you have any questions.
  4. I'm married to a  German for over 2 years now and have a temporal resident permit subjected to three years renewal. Got a girl pregnant from an affair. The girl in question currently has no legal status in Germany (Expired some few years after she completed her M.Sc. degree and could not find a job). I am curious to find out based on the current situation how she could possibly regain her legal status in Germany with her pregnancy. If that is possible, would she be entitled to any benefit or support from the state. Thank you all in advance as I anxiously awaits your suggestions and advice.
  5. Hi,    I am wondering if i should take the pain of filing tax returns or not. I was trying some online tools to file tax returns. I do not have any two houses for rent or something like it. Just normal job, 12  months salary. The expected tax returns website showed was like 9 euro. And I am paying like 20 euro to this online tool.    Can someone please guide that on 40k brutto a year is it worth to take the pain of filing tax returns.    Thanks KD
  6.   I don't speak German and my English is also mediocre, please give an advice. Let's say I have 1000 Euro (in German bank account from legal income) because the German bank's interest is 0% so it is not wise to keep money in my bank account. In my home country (3rd world country), the bank pays interest around 8%/year, so what I can do is transfer all Euro from my German bank to my home country bank account (foreign currency exchange). After 2 - 3 years, I'll withdraw all money from home country bank (local currency not Euro) and buy bitcoin via home country service market. Then, I will sell all bought bitcoin in Germany via European service market to gain Euro (at that time, 1000 Euro from the beginning should be like 1200 Euro). Do you think any problem with this strategy? Is that illegal? I knew if I hold Bitcoin for more than 1 year, I will not need to pay tax for capital gain in Germany, but will the German bank question about my income when I sell all bitcoins to get Euro?
  7. Hi all,   I want to start self-employment as a side job to my part time job. Could somebody advice me with the questions below. Since it's a very specific case, I could not find any answers: Do you get unemployment benefits in Germany if you lose your job but you are self-employed at that time? If yes, is there a limit of how much you can earn from self-employment?   Please let me know if there is anything else to be aware when having a part time self employment next to your job - really appreciate.    Thank you!