THE BEST GERMAN LANGUAGE SCHOOLS IN BERLIN (+ A WHOLE LOT MORE)

What’s on this week? Discover the best German language schools in Berlin. Job loss trauma is hard on anyone, especially if you’re a foreigner in Germany. An infamous AfD politician lost his case in court for uttering forbidden Nazi phrases. Does German efficiency extend into the workplace?

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⭐ I finally got around to updating our post about the best German language schools in Berlin. A shoutout to community member Ann Austin for co-writing the piece. 🙌 Give it a read.

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Get caught up and read last week’s newsletter: How to Answer the Interview Question: “Tell Me About Yourself.” And be sure to check out our (newly designed) archives to see past editions.

⭐ In last week’s poll, we asked readers, “Do you include a photo on your CV?”. The responses were almost evenly split, with 39% saying they didn’t mind adding a photo, 42% avoiding doing it because of bias, and 19% unsure what to do. 📸 I also further updated my guide about whether or not to include a photo on your German CV.

Participate in this week’s work-related poll, “How long is your German CV?”. I am soooo curious to see how you will all respond! 🧐

Food For Thought

💡 Interesting articles about the world of work and other random things.

⭐ Caroline Mrozla-Toscano, Trauma-Informed Higher Education Specialist, writes about how on average, it takes a person two years to recover from the trauma of losing a job.

⭐ This is something not spoken about enough. There’s added pressure for immigrants in Germany as well, especially when their work permits are tied to to their stay or they haven’t been in the country long enough to qualify for social benefits.

⭐ Leadership expert Ashley Goodall suggests a paradigm shift for typical employee performance check-in models, focusing more on individual check-ins. ✅

⭐ Return-to-office mandates have helped some but not all companies’ bottom lines. Even so, they have contributed to less satisfied employees, with top talent leaving to work elsewhere.

“Artificial intelligence is likely to impact 60% of jobs in advanced economies and 40% of jobs around the world in the next two years.”, says the IMF Chief.

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Companies Hiring 

🇩🇪 German companies that are hiring right now. 

Thermosphr | Berlin

Lizardis | Hannover

Enterprisemindfactory | Mainz

Part of the Solution | Berlin

Gamelight | Hamburg

Smalt | Germany-wide

pplwise | Berlin

Forto | Germany-wide

German startups that recently received funding.

hexafarms | Berlin | Jobs

trawa | Berlin | Jobs

Caeli Wind | Berlin | Jobs

Codesphere | Karlsruhe | Jobs

cylib | Aachen | Jobs

ℹ️ We post new jobs on LinkedIn every single day. Follow us to find out about employment opportunities in Germany (and other bonus content). 💪​​

News in Germany

🗞️ All of the news in Germany.

⭐ Remember the AfD guy who uttered forbidden Nazi-era phrases? While whining about it on Twitter, complaining to Elon Musk that there’s no free speech in Germany? Justice has been doled out as Höcke suffered defeat in court.

Speaking of Elon Musk, Tesla has been embroiled in drama lately. 🤡

⭐ People have been getting fired via poorly written emails, and one guy even received his termination notice when he slept in his car at the factory parking lot.

⭐ Protestors stormed the Gigafactory in Berlin, protesting the planned expansion that would result in the removal of 250 acres of forest.

⭐ Despite everything, the local Grünheide city council approved a motion to move ahead.

⭐ Protestors also won in court and can keep their nearby encampment intact.

⭐ Former chancellor Angela Merkel is set to publish her memoirs in November, curiously titled Freedom. 🧌

⭐ America’s coming to Germany with plans to open Taco Bell and Krispy Kreme locations. May they fail as gloriously as Walmart did.

⭐ Have you ever wondered how hospitals in Germany compare? A new online atlas allows you to compare the services of more than 1,700 locations.

⭐ The most common urban animals in Berlin may surprise you. 🐷

⭐ With the rise of AI and uninformed content creators, getting accurate and up-to-date information about life in Germany has always been difficult. The government plans to launch an informative website about the new citizenship law.

⭐ The Local also has a great list of resources to help.

⭐ If you have the €49 ticket, The Berliner lists some of the best places you can travel to Germany on a budget.

⭐ A long read from Der Spiegel questions, “Why Are Attacks and Incitement on the Rise in Germany?

⭐ Anyone who moves to Germany quickly finds out that the so-called German “efficiency” is a myth. 🙃 But are they also lazy at work?

⭐ Expect delays if you plan to apply or new your German passport right now.

⭐ Destatis says that 1 in 10 people in Germany live in too small of a home.

⭐ German state-owned development bank, KfW is set to issue its first blockchain-based digital bond.

⭐ YIKES! The country’s “Finance Ministry expects €21.9 billion less than it had predicted in tax revenue next year compared with a forecast toward the end of 2023.” 💸

⭐ A Dutch rail company is offering discount train tickets for a mere €10, arriving and departing at some locations in Germany. Get your ticket.

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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.