As Europe’s largest economy, Germany may appear from the outside to be a country with a uniform economy and culture. Yet you couldn’t be further from reality! Between Hamburg, Stuttgart, Hannover and Berlin there is a real economic, cultural and behavioural gap, making each Länder a different experience. And some regions of the country offer particularly attractive positions in terms of remuneration and responsibilities that are not available at equal levels.
We will therefore explain to you why learning German through language courses, or an organization offering programs for a language stay in Germany can get your career off to a flying start!
And for more information, don’t hesitate to consult our guide dedicated to language stays in Germany.
Germany as a land of opportunity for young professionals
Despite a slowdown in growth in 2019, Germany is generally in a better economic situation than other countries. But this is a global view of the country, which cannot do justice to certain regions that stand out from the rest. Indeed, the economic and social situation varies greatly from one Länder to another, with more or less marked inequalities.For example, the regions of Hamburg, Berlin or Munich are much more attractive for your career, with opportunities by the thousands and a particularly large expatriate community.
Learning German to develop your career: a winning bet
According to the latest available statistics, in 2012 only 15.4% of French students were studying German in secondary education. This is a low figure, especially since German is mostly chosen as a second language. The result? The generally lower requirements at the end of secondary school do not allow students to follow a university course in Germany or to work locally, whereas post-Bac courses in France for example tend to quickly overlook second languages and definitively bury their learning.
German then becomes a language that is little or not mastered, thus closing the door to professional opportunities in Germany for the vast majority of French profiles.
However, as we have seen, learning German theoretically allows you to access a job more easily, with a higher salary level than in France for example. Moreover, Germany is known for its many competitive sectors such as the automotive, mechanical engineering, chemical and electrical industries, which are less attractive here, to which are added aeronautics and port activities.
Its economy based largely on foreign trade guarantees access to international jobs with travel all over the world and, in addition to this, the possibility of working in companies of all sizes, both SMEs and multinationals operating successfully throughout the country.
In the end, although not very widespread, learning German is an excellent opportunity to develop your career internationally in a country renowned for the strength of its economy.