Career advice for internationals living in Germany

Hello all! I have some questions about dev career in Germany for internationals. Detail to consider I already have a visa that allows me to work here. The thing is, I am planning to shift to a ‘tech’ role while maintaining my full time job, thus I started with FCC. However I know how Germany loves papers when comes to hiring… Does anyone have experience getting hired in Germany after finishing FCC? If so, how was your path? I am kind of lost in the moment on what to do to get in to tech here, in terms of certification…

I am an American that recently started working in Spain, for a Spanish division of an International company, so working as a Spanish employee.

Yeah, there was a lot of little paperwork. Things certainly work differently here. But I was eligible to work here (EU wife) so they helped with the paperwork and we got it sorted.

The thing is, I am planning to shift to a ‘tech’ role while maintaining my full time job, thus I started with FCC.

I don’t understand. You want to start a new job while maintaining your first job? And you “started” with FCC? If you’re just starting, then you have a ways to go before you have to worry about this. I assume that you mean that you’re going to study while keeping your “normal” job.

Does anyone have experience getting hired in Germany after finishing FCC?

Granted, different countries have different attitudes and requirements for degrees and certifications. Germans have a reputation for being somewhat formal about these things. But programming is probably a field where this will be less so, both out of demand and because of the influence of the US’s more casual attitude in “tech culture”.

If so, how was your path?

I worked in the US for a few years, then got a job over here. A good portfolio got me my first job (after A LOT of searching) and then after a few years it gets easier. Getting the first job is VERY difficult - it always takes longer than you expect. If you speak German, that will help. But there are probably also a lot of shops that work in English - that’s what I’m doing here in Spain.

I am kind of lost in the moment on what to do to get in to tech here, in terms of certification…

Always the first and most important steps are: learn to code, build things, learn some more coding, build more complicated things… Having a portfolio that shows you can build things is the biggest thing. Are you at a disadvantage without a degree? Yes. Is it impossible, no. If you already live there and can work there, that makes it a tiny bit easier.

As far as certification, I don’t know. I did apply to a few jobs in Germany and they seemed more interested in my portfolio and experience.

I’d look for some coding meetups around where you are and talk to other people in that area.

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Thanks for the advice Kevin! I meant study while working… I am very anxious person and that why I am worrying a lot already with something that is very far way in the journey. I’m working on that. I have search for a meet up around my area but unfortunately I am pretty isolated here in the region I live. I will continue work in learning to code and see what comes next. I just needed some reassurance to motivate me for while. Thanks again for answering!

I am very anxious person and that why I am worrying a lot already with something that is very far way in the journey.

Well, don’t focus on the job. The best reason to learn coding is because you enjoy it. The best coders I know are the ones that really, really enjoy it.

I have search for a meet up around my area but unfortunately I am pretty isolated here in the region I live.

That can be tough. Maybe you make it into the city sometimes and see some people. Maybe you look for online meetups.

I agree with Kevin. You have a long and interesting learning journey ahead of you before you have to start stressing about the job hunt - so for now focus on that learning process. When/if you reach the point where you feel professionally competent and interested in changing jobs, you’ll probably want to look in foreign German residents communities for advice on the specifically German complications (and possibly also an immigration lawyer or relocation specialist about any visa changes that could be required).

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