Survive your first German job … and even make fire!

survive your first German job and even make fire

Despite the cold, last Saturday we had a full house at our Smashing the German Job Interview workshop.

And speaking to people there, we discovered that you want more workshops like this: short, focused, and practical. Events that help you negotiate your first steps at work. Workshops that help with that important process of zu der Firma passen or ‘fitting in’.

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So we’ll run ‘Smashing’ again, but have a new idea: Survive your first German job … and even make fire!

This workshop would be longer and include: introductions, formal/ informal phrases for emailing, telephoning phrases, talking in meetings, and small talk strategies.

We think these are useful things to know when you get, and start, your first German job.

But first we need your help. And suggestions!


We want to know a few things. If you could take just five seconds to answer three short questions we’d be very grateful.

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Let us know your thoughts so All on Board can help you survive your first German job … and even make fire!

In the meantime, stay warm.

And tschüss!

Three sides of Wedding

Three places to visit in Berlin Wedding

Our blog posts on movement and job interviews helped you with your German language skills. This post will help you discover the up-and-coming Berlin district of Wedding.

Because there’s more to life than learning, or struggling to learn German. American writer Mark Twain struggled to learn German himself, saying that some of its words look more like ‘alphabetical processions’.

Such as Unabhängigkeitserklärung = declaration of independence.

Try saying that!


So to begin. When you live in Berlin, you don’t just ‘live in Berlin’. Your home is your Kiez (pronunouced ‘Keets’). Your Kiez is the neighborhood where you eat, shop, meet up with friends. The place that’s hard to leave because it’s where your heart is! Ich wohne in Wedding, am Brüsselerkiez. Wo ist dein Kiez?

So if you live in Wedding, or want to visit, here are three places to check out whether you’re a sport billy, a history buff, or a lazybones like me who likes hanging about in cafes … 

Noch ein Cappuccino, bitte!

1.  Sport   

Although it maybe be cloudy and cold outside, winter is the perfect time to hit the ice rink! And at Müllerstraße 185 in Wedding you’ll find the Erika-Heß-Ice Pavilion. 

There you can skate and glide like an Olympic champion, or hold onto your friends for grim death! You can rent skates there and if it gets  cold outdoors there’s a smaller rink inside as well. Info here

After all that moving you’ll want to relax, perhaps learn some …


2. History

Berliner Unterwelten takes you under Berlin. If you like air-raid shelters, bunkers, and railway tunnels, then book a tour.

The tours they offer include Under the Berlin Wall, Exploring Dark Worlds, and From Flak Towers to Mountains of Debris and they can also guide you in different languages.

The themes are sometimes dark – that’s the attraction of Berlin, right? – but you get to experience the city at a different level in an emotional and humorous way.

Thirsty?


3. Coffee

After all that sport and history you’ll be ready for a coffee. As in every Berlin Kiez you’re spoilt for choice but try Göttlich on Tegeler Str. 23 in Sprengelkiez. (Göttlich literally means ‘divine’.)

This cafe has everything you need: good cakes, great coffee, but most of all einer gemütlichen Atmosphäre.

(One German must-know word is gemütlich = cosy. Think christmas markets, kittens and … err … christmas and you’ve got the meaning.)


So that’s your three sides to the Berlin district of Wedding.  Check these places out and tell us what you found!

And don’t forget to join us in Wedding at Seestraße 27 at All on Board language school for Smashing the German Job Interview on Saturday 26 Jan from 1:00-2:00 pm. Sign up  by the 22nd Jan by emailing us at info@allonboard.de

In the meantime – enjoy your Kiez!

3 Phrases to Smash that German Job Interview!

A few key phrases can help you sound like a Profi and help you get that dream job.

Does your heart sink at the thought of a job interview in German? Well don’t worry … that’s normal.

It’s like writing with your left hand, or drinking coffee from the other side of the cup.

Difficult, right?


But not impossible. A few key phrases can help you sound like a Profi and help you get that dream job. (A Profi is a professional. And that’s what we are, right?)

But first here are words to avoid, because they’re over-used and altmodisch (old-fashioned).

  • zuverlässig (reliable) 
  • ordentlich (respectable, neat and tidy)
  • ehrgeizig (ambitious)

I’ll prove it. Watch the video. Can you hear the words?


Instead here are three real phrases that people really use in interviews, and they respond to three real questions you might be asked.

1. Tell us about yourself. Erzählen Sie uns etwas über sich.

Ich lege viel Wert auf Kreativität in meiner Arbeit, zum Beispiel = I place great value on creativity in my work. For example …

2. Why do you want to work here? Warum wollen Sie in unserer Firma arbeiten?

Ich hätte gern eine Stelle, bei der ich mich persönlich entwickeln kann = I really want a job where I can develop myself personally.

3. What skills can you bring to our company? Welche Fähigkeiten bringen Sie mit?

Ich bin fähig Websiten zu erstellen = I’m competent/ skilled in creating websites.

 


So there’s three phrases to help you! If you find them useful please share the blog with others.

Smashing the German Job Interview! – our free event will give you more useful phrases. It’s on Saturday 26 Jan from 1 to 2pm at All on Board school, Seestraße 27 in Wedding.

You can socialise, meet others, do some networking and learn to SMASH that German job interview and get that dream job.

To book a place call 030/3983 3993 or simply email info@allonboard.de 

But remember. Sign up by 22nd January to be sure of a place.

Tschüss!