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The fact is, Germany is the fourth largest economy in the world. What is also true is that it is an extremely challenging destination for non- German speaking foreigners. The main reason for this is, with the exception of the IT sector, it can be very difficult to get a well-paying job in most sectors in Germany if you are not fluent in German. The working language in the IT sector in Germany is predominantly English. All the software engineers I personally know are fluent in English. The second reason is, that unlike most sectors with rigid guidelines on qualifications and certifications, there is a lot of flexibility in this sector.
I recently talked with a German friend who regularly hires software engineers for his company about the language issue, foreign qualifications and what foreigners who are interested in working in the IT SECTOR in Germany could do to improve their chances of getting jobs.
Here is what I learnt:
I was not born in Germany and neither did I attend school in Germany. My first interaction with the German education system was at the university level. The German education system especially the elementary, mid-school and high school levels remain a big mystery to me. This is partly because every federal state has a different educational system. What is true in one federal state might not be true in another. We live in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg in the South West of Germany. Our neighbors to the East, Bavaria have a completely different system of education. And so do our neighbors to the north. In this episode, I talk to an expert, my 12 year old daughter who was born here and attends school here about the intricacies of going to school in Germany.
What mode of transport do they use to school? What subjects are they taught? How many years do they have to go to school?
Find out from the podcast interview