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Building Fluency: The German Job Market and Getting a Job in Germany

With its strong economy and many job opportunities, Germany is a popular destination for job seekers. But how easy is it actually to find a job in Germany, what language skills do people require and how do you get your qualifications recognised? In these materials we look at the German job market and giving advice to those looking to work in Germany.

 

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Let’s start with the image below; What do the pictures show? Starting in the bottom right hand corner we can see a jobs fair, have you ever been to one? If not, how did you find your current job position?  In the top left hand corner someone seems to be having an interview online, have you ever had an online interview, how did it compare to a face to face interview?

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Now, we’ll look at a short video on this topic, but before doing so, have a look at the vocabulary table below, it relates to the video and the topic in general.

Vocabulary:

 

A (job) application.

to apply.

Applicant. 

 

Employment.

To employ.

employer.

Employee.

Employment agency.

Federal employment agency.

 

An interview.

Job hunting.

Internship.

Network.

 

A skilled worker.

Professional experience.

Colleagues.

C.V. / Resume.

A covering letter.

 

to have a qualification recognised.

to have a document translated.

to relax a rule.

to create a profile.

 

Engineering.

Health.

Law.

Education.

 

Wortschatz:

 

Bewerbung. 

bewerben

Bewerber. 

 

Anstellung /  Beschäftigung.

Arbeitgeber

Arbeitnehmer

Arbeitsamt. 

Agentur für Arbeit.

Bundesagentur für Arbeit.

 

Vorstellungsgespräch.

Jobsuche.

Praktika.

Netzwerk.

 

Ein Facharbeiter.

Berufserfahrung.

Kolleginnen und Kollegen.

Lebenslauf.

Motivationsschreiben

 

eine Qualifikation anerkennen lassen.

ein Dokument übersetzen  lassen.

eine Regel lockern.

ein Profil erstellen.

 

Ingenieurwesen.

Gesundheit.

Recht.

Bildung.

 

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 Now we’ll watch the video. Whilst watching the video try to answer the following questions;

 

  1. According to the video, how many jobs are currently available in Germany?

  2. In the video people on the street are asked to give advice on finding a job, what do they say?

  3. What does the Federal Employment Agency do?

  4. What advice is given for your job application?

  5. And what advice is given for your job interview?

 


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Carrying on the conversation;

Having watched the video, let’s think about the following questions. These would form the basis of a more general discussion about getting a job in Germany as part of a lesson, but also work well as the basis of a writing exercise.

 

  1. What advice would you give people looking for a job in Germany that wasn’t covered in the video?

  2. How did the pandemic change how people look for, apply for and get jobs in Germany?

  3. How good does somebody’s German really need to get a job in Germany? And how essential is English?

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These materials in PDF form can be downloaded below;


German Job Market
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