June 22, 2022

Lessons from changing jobs in Germany (Alexandrea from the USA)

Lessons from changing jobs in Germany (Alexandrea from the USA)

Shaun and Alexandrea recording in a Berlin HinterhofAlexandrea from the USA (and former guest on the podcast) left her job in Hamburg for one in Frankfurt. However, she realized almost immediately that the new job was not a good fit. She left during her trial period and found her way to her current job in Berlin. After moving cities and jobs several times, Alex has learnt a few valuable lessons, and she joins me to share them. She has a list of what you should ask prospective employers, she gives some tips about what you should know about jobs in Germany, and she discusses why you need to have the courage to walk away from a job that is not a good fit. She also drops some airtight advice for working in a German workplace.

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Alexandrea Swanson

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A Nebraskan turned Germanophile. Alexandrea (Alex) Swanson first moved from Omaha to Marburg back in 2014, in order to pursue a Fulbright Scholarship. Seven years, a Masters Degree and a few jobs (and cities) later, Alex now calls Berlin her home. She currently serves as managing director for the #SheTransformsIT initiative at the Federation of German Industries, which aims on getting more women into IT and digitalization. In her spare time, she curates the deutschaf instagram account, which seeks to advise other expats on how they can better integrate. Any ideas on how to get more women into IT in Germany or interested in a deutschaf collaboration? Feel free to get in touch!