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Is the market that bad?

 
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jasonconga



Joined: 01 Dec 2005
Posts: 36
Location: the black forest

PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 5:22 pm    Post subject: Is the market that bad? Reply with quote

Seriously?

I have more work than I know what to do with, have to turn work down ALL the time and have like 8 different employers. Do people here often try to discourage people to keep the market unflooded or is it so much better where I live?

let's ask some questions:

1)how long have you taught in germany?
**almost 3 years

2)best job?
**paying: Fachhochschule, teaching Information Technology
**rewarding: University, teaching Newspapers and Discussion

3)worst job?
**8am wednesdays with boring office workers, but I get paid 46euro for 90 minutes so I don't complain

4)pay range?
**15-29euro/45 minutes

5)hours worked per week?
**33ish

6)closest job to home?
**five-minute bikeride

7)furthest job?
**45-minute drive into mountains

8)goals for new year?
**get my own company work, NOT through a school
**fill hours so I can get rid of 15euro/hour job

9)favorite thing about teaching in Germany?
**occasionaly getting paid to drink beer with students

10)least favorite thing?
**"Yesterday I have said ..." or "What means ..."

11)reason you're in germany?
**to be with german girlfriend after we met in greece in april 2002

12)how good is your german?
**def not fluent but good enough for every situation, TV/newspapers and some dialects can still give me trouble


and what about you?
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astr0_b0y



Joined: 27 Aug 2005
Posts: 21
Location: Australia

PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 7:30 pm    Post subject: New worker in Germany Reply with quote

I recently moved to Germany and am interviewing for a job that pays 12 per 45mins. Is that terrible or normal for a first job?
I do have a primary teaching degree from Australia.

Matthew in Mainz
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jasonconga



Joined: 01 Dec 2005
Posts: 36
Location: the black forest

PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

is it bad?

Well, you're a free market and if you have no other work or form of income, maybe you take it at first until you find something better and go with that. it depends on how desparate you are for funds...
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JZer



Joined: 16 Jan 2005
Posts: 3824
Location: Alaska

PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2005 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jason,

Are you American or British? Is it possible to get the work if you are not from an EU country?

Anyways how is Freiburg anyways? Some day I may head back to Germany but for now I want to see other parts of the world. I am starting in Korea in one week and am excited about my university job since I receive two three week vacations. I will use one to hike the Himalayas.

Another good option for living in Germany is to get into the Fullbright teaching fellowship. I met one Brit who was teaching in Vienna and he said it was good. It is like a guaranteed 1200 Euros a month and many weeks you only work like 10 hours a week. A lot of time to do what you want and try to build up some networking of your own.
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poro



Joined: 04 Oct 2004
Posts: 274

PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2005 5:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Is the market that bad? Reply with quote

jasonconga wrote:
Seriously?


No, and I believe you entirely, Jason. Germany has a massive economy, 80-odd million people, an export-oriented economy, and of course they DO need English.

Demand might appear to go down where there is an oversupply of teachers, but this is relative. In fact, there is always a demand for English teachers - especially if they speak German. And the better their German is, the more in demand they are, oddly enough.
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