Hi there, my name is Jaroslav, I’m self employed migration educator living in Berlin. After my first book – Interviews with IT-professionals from Russian speaking countries I got inspired to write a second book. On the screenshot you can see the mockup cover (it supports my motivation 🙂 ).
As an expert in the particular field you’re competent in a particular area, I guess? So if you can answer at least some questions, please send me your address in comments below (it will never appear – it’s just for my eyes) or per email at email@example.com The subject of your email can be something like “List of questions for Germany”. Feel free to use any email address (Gmail address however offers the most features). I’ll send you the access to my Google Docs.
Don’t worry about your English. Most of reader are not native speakers. They would be happy to read the explanations given in simple English.
Please keep in mind the target group: IT-Professionals, wishing to work and stay Germany for 1-2 years or for longer.
Occupation status: regular employee OR freelancer OR small business owner.
Qualification: developers, analysts, testers, programmers, administrators, sales managers… The point is work experience in IT-branch.
Country of origin: Non-EU countries: India, Turkey, Russia, China. EU-countries: Italy, Spain, France, Austria, UK, Poland.
NOTE: The named countries deliver the highest skilled migration rates. Actually the book intended to be for any person from any country, however above all for citizens of non-EU countries.
LEGEND: unclear meaning / related to freelancer / these passages are not checked by English native and can be awkward*
*- feel free to make improvement suggestions to the awkward / poor / unclear / wrong formulations.
Current Stats • Quick history as it affects current business environment • 2017-2018 zeitgeist • Near-future outlook • Relationship with other countries;
Mindset • Europe • Collectivism vs Individualism • Local differences • Personal attitudes towards foreigners • What to wear • Attitude towards time and promises • Common conversational references • How to blend in • When not to blend in • Recommended reading/watching;
Quality of life • Cost of living • Western standards vs local standards • Language / English proficiency • Safety • Immigration / Visa / Citizenship • Where to live (short-term and long-term) • Typical living arrangements • Transportation • Internet / Phone • Food • Credit card? Cash? Check? • Availability of products/services • What’s not online • Differences in service standards • Expat community • Recommended resources
4. Corporate culture
Business mindset • Understanding “German way” • Direct vs indirect communication • How to deal with direct communication and criticism;
5. German Business world – how it built, how it works
Hierarchy • Who to speak with in organizations • Business attitudes towards foreigners • Signals of respect • How to build trust • Introductions • Business cards • Negotiation • Signaling success • Innovation vs status • Passing-through vs Full-time • Advantages to foreigners • Advantages to locals • Risks • Corruption;
6. Government – its position to foreign professionals and entrepreneurs
General role of government • Who’s who: departments you need to know • What the government is emphasizing now • Incentives • Grants;
7. Salaried Employment
Ease of getting work permit • Job hunting • Interview and etiquette. Non-verbal communication • Salary and Bonus • Test period. Competition. Mobbing • Christmas bonus & other premiums • Social insurance & payroll deductions • Taxes & Tax refund • Rights, obligations, labor protection of employee. Trade unions • Share-out of available jobs;
Banking overview • Bank comparison • How to open an account • Online banking • Paying employees • Paying vendors • Getting a bank loan • Getting investors • What if they don’t pay?
9. Freelance Setup
Ease of opening and maintaining freelance • Which professionals are required • Business name choice • Freelance business structure choice • Incorporating – steps, timeline, cost • Real estate • What your location says about your business • Permits • Finding orders and clients • Freelancer loans and Negotiating • Contracts • Lawyers • Accountants • Paying taxes • Ongoing requirements • Labor laws and Unions for IT-freelancers • Contracts • Recommended resources
Right to family reunification • Spouse • Children • Parents and other relatives
11. Permanent residence / citizenship
Quick overview of all possibilities to stay a long time in Germany (IT-branch) • Germany and EU – European Aufenthaltserlaubnis and Niederlassungserlaubnis • From a visitor until the citizen – the full chain • Basic stats.
If you are not from one of those countries / regions, just ignore this question.
*- employment agency or subcontractor, which “lends” IT-professionals in other companies.
*- client here is the person/company who hires you. Other category is the (end) customer – the company who needs the end product / service.
**- employment agency or subcontractor, which “lend” IT-professionals on other companies for a certain period.
Right to family reunification
Parents and other relatives
Aufenthaltstitel befristet/unbefristet, Niederlassungserlaubnis, Visum, Bluecard
Any additional question-suggestions are very welcome! If you can answer at least some of the questions above, feel free send me your address in comments below (it will never appear – it’s just for my eyes) or per email at firstname.lastname@example.org – Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts, ideas, experience with your fellow programmers !