My name is Jaroslav, I’m self employed migration educator living in Berlin. I am working on the book with the working title: A Programmer’s Ultimate Guide – how to relocate to Germany.
I feel really honored to initiate and participate in this project. And I really appreciate that you share your experience with your buddy-programmers who are wishing to come to Germany but don’t know how to get through all that stuff.
Thank you very much!
Here is some key points again (sorry if you read it yet again):
It is very well possible that your case isn’t typical or your point of view significantly differs from the “norm”. Yes, I am aware that your opinion can be very subjective. That’s all right, because this is your experience, your life, your story. Answer as you think.
My suggestion: scroll down this page to watch the questions. Then go to this Google Doc and answer them. Fill the questionnaire as detailed as appropriate to you. If you don’t know what to answer to particular question, just leave the fields empty. After you are ready, we could agree about the date and time to briefly evaluate your answers.
Feel free to suggest me any questions or ask me a question or even just say hello – here in comments or per email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Skype: swelldive Cell: 0159 – 030 72 498.
I would suggest that in your story you tell the real people names (feel free to hide family names). That’s more easy. If I would like to take your story into my next book, I guarantee, that I change all names and you will see the ready script before publishing anywhere.
2.6 Corporate culture and working situation in IT-branch
2.11 Recommended reading/watching
3.3 Western standards vs local standards
3.6 Immigration / Visa / Citizenship
3.7 Where to live (short-term and long-term)
3.8 Typical living arrangements
3.11 Food. Availability of products/services
3.12 Credit card? Cash? Check?
3.15 Differences in service standards
3.16 Expat community
3.17 Recommended resources
4. Corporate mindset
4.1 Business mindset
4.2 Understanding “German way”
4.3 Direct vs indirect communication
4.4 How to deal with direct communication and criticism
5. Corporate culture
5.2 Who to speak with in organizations
5.3 Business attitudes towards foreigners
5.4 Signals of respect
5.5 How to build trust
5.9 Signaling success
5.10 Innovation vs status quo
*- If you are not from one of those countries / regions, just ignore this question.
3.14 What’s not online