What’s on this week? People change their jobs a lot over the course of their careers, Australian companies are seeking to hire “mature workers”, Berlin’s going to plant a lot of trees, and we’re going to avoid an energy shortage this winter (but your heating bill will remain expensive AF.)

We cover all this and more in our 25/9/2023 edition of The Berlin Life newsletter.

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Community News

🗣️ News from The Berlin Life community.

⭐ We’re light on community news this week! Sorry (says the too polite Canadian), but sometimes life happens. 😁

⭐ Those who signed up for our first-ever Ladies Networking Dinner will receive more event information later this week.

⭐ In the meantime, check our guide to Korean restaurants in Berlin and tell me if we’re missing any new spots. We’re always happy to add contributions from our community. 👨‍🍳

⭐ Get caught up on what happened last week – Weight Bias/Discrimination at Work, Ye Was at Mustafas, & Scholz Encourages People to Get Citizenship.

How many times have you changed jobs during your career?

📊 The results of last week’s poll.

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No surprise, most people change their jobs a lot over the course of their careers! We all know employers often don’t look too kindly on this, but here’s why employers (and people in general) should stop thinking this way.

This week’s question is on the topic of the day, AI. Have you used AI to help you with your job applications? Vote here.

Food For Thought

🤔 Interesting articles about the art of looking for work and humourous or useful gems floating around the web.

⭐  ​Tech Home Assignments Github Repo – This new Github repo from Imagine is a resource for software engineers and other tech folk to practice assignments given to them by German employers during the interview process. Browse through their listing and add your own!

​⭐  Europe talks to itself in many languages. That’s why English is vital to its democracy – An interesting case for Europe to have one common language in which to communicate.

⭐  ​Aging Agility – How Mature Workers are Willing and Work Able – The labor market is so desperate in Australia, that the government is incentivizing “mature workers” (anyone over 50) to return to work. Some do it for the money, and others do it to stay active.

Companies Hiring

🇩🇪 German companies hiring right now. Also, check out our complete listing of Berlin companies hiring.

⭐ ​DataGuard (Munich and Berlin)

⭐  ​Parloa (Berlin and remote)

​⭐  Tandem (Berlin)

​⭐  Billie (Berlin)

​⭐  INFOMOTION (Germany)

⭐  ​Unit8 (Frankfurt)

​⭐  AVANTGARDE Experts (Germany)

📧 Is your company hiring? Get in touch to be featured.

German Startup News

🚀 German startups that received funding recently, were acquired, built up staff, etc., and could be good places to look for jobs. Also, tips on where not to work as there’s a lot of turmoil in the startup world atm.

​⭐ Lightspeed leads $27m round for carbon accounting startup Plan A (⭐ Careers)

 Berlin-based HR tech Kenjo closes €8.8 million to bolster frontline workers in the digital era (⭐ Careers)

⭐  How LeanIX’s André Christ took his Bonn-based startup into the big leagues (⭐ Careers)

⭐  German startup Fernride raises $50 million for self-driving freight trucks (⭐ Careers)

⭐ raises $18.7M from Europe’s leading deeptech VCs

⭐  Digital health provider HelloBetter receives a €5M boost from HSBC Asset Management (⭐ Careers)

News in Germany

🗞️ All of the news in Germany.

⭐ ​Can Germany afford a 4-day workweek?

⭐ ​Germany set to avoid energy shortage in 2023, but price threats remain

​⭐ Berlin to plant 500.000 new trees

⭐ ​Financial benefits and support available to parents in Germany

​⭐ Every third train passenger in Germany was delayed in 2022

Germany’s Volkswagen considers job cuts as electric car shift stalls

​⭐ Germany’s public transport must become more efficient and digital friendly, says minister

​⭐ How do I get into Berghain? Our tried and tested guide

Bildungsurlaub: What is Germany’s ‘education holiday’ and how can I use it? (members only)

​⭐ Fotografiska: Art after hours

​⭐ As Seen At… Nowkölln Flowmarkt

​⭐ How two airlines are offering budget flights from Berlin to the USA (members only)

EXPLAINED: What I was asked about in my German citizenship test (members only)

⭐ ​Tigist Assefa smashes marathon world record in Berlin in new £400 shoes

⭐ ​Heavy metal and macho writers: how Germany’s #MeToo moment is finally taking off

⭐ ​Shrinking German business activity points to third-quarter contraction

​⭐ German president says country at ‘breaking point’ over migration

Note – I usually add my thoughts for each of the news articles, but as mentioned above, I’m busy with some life things right now. I hope to be back with “regularly scheduled programming” next week.

Also, three of the above articles are members-only articles from The Local. As mentioned before, I recommend sunscribing to support local journalism and to get access to news about Germany in English. I’m a big fan and my recommendation is genuine – meaning, I don’t get any money for referring you. 😊

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Cheryl Howard, Founder @ The Berlin Life

Cheryl Howard, Founder @ The Berlin Life

Hi, I’m Cheryl. My mission is to help you move to Berlin and find work.

A Canadian in Berlin for 10+ years, I have the unique experience of moving to Berlin – not once, but twice. During my time in Berlin, I’ve had five different visas and worked as both a freelancer and a permanent employee for numerous Berlin companies. I even managed to find a new job during the pandemic and again in 2023, during Germany’s recession and massive layoffs in tech. 

My day job has involved work as a hiring manager, overseeing the recruitment of countless people, as well as a team coach helping teams and individuals work better and find happiness in their careers. Through my side projects, I’ve also shared my personal experiences by publishing a series of helpful blog posts, creating a thriving community of job seekers, and hosting events to help people find work in Berlin. In 2021, I decided to put my coaching and recruiting talents to use by creating The Berlin Life, bringing my existing content and community together in one spot.

The combination of my personal and professional experience means I know exactly what it takes to move to Berlin and find work.