How to Find a Job and Start Working in Germany

How to Find a Job and Start Working in Germany

A stable economy, good salaries and a wide range of interesting jobs attract international specialists to work in Germany.

However, the application process is governed by the typical German correctness and formality. To know the rules and requirements is essential for finding a job. Therefore, the first part of this workshop for international doctoral researchers provides you with all the necessary information you need when applying for a job in Germany (application documents, job-seeking strategies etc.).

After having finally received a positive answer from a company, you need to apply for a work permit and soon thereafter, start working. The second part of the workshop therefore gives you a brief overview of the current conditions to get a work permit. To make you fit for your first job, we will also discuss the typical German working culture and what will be expected from you, as well as the typical behaviour of your German colleagues.

This workshop is offered in English specifically to international doctoral researchers at Saarland University by the "GradUS global" programme in collaboration with the International Office.



Workshop Information

:  Monday/Tuesday, 26th/27th January 2015

: 9.30-17.30 hrs. on Monday, 8.30-14.30 hrs. on Tuesday

: Building E1 7, room 0.01

: 70 euros (minus GradUS credit)

: see information in the top-right corner (max. 14 participants)



  • For each PhD student, participation in the GradUS workshops is sponsored with 50 € per semester by the presidium of Saarland University, which are considered when calculating course fees.

  • Participation in every workshop is certificated. Towards the end of your PhD, you can also get a GradUS certificate for all GradUS workshops that you took part in.

  • Childcare can be provided for doctoral researchers with children for the duration of a particular GradUS event at no charge (see website "Kinderbetreuung").

  • Deduction from income taxes: We recommend trying to deduct the fees for the GradUS workshops from the German income taxes that you might have to pay (costs for advanced training measures).


Heidi Störr
holds a university degree in Business Administration with focus on HR and Education Management. After her studies, she gained work experience as a Recruiter in several companies in the automotive, aerospace and chemical engineering industry. In 2012, she started her own career consultancy to support academic job-seekers during their job search. Of particular interest to her is the support of international specialists who want to find a job in Germany.