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There are a lot of blog posts and resources out there that can help you find a job in Germany. This post features some tips that I can give from my very own experiences. I’ve been a job hunter three times in Germany, and have always been fortunate enough to find something. Here is what I’ve learned.

1) Keep trying

This is may be the most important bit of advice. Searching for a job in Germany can be incredibly soul-destroying: you can send out dozens of applications and never hear anything back. Or, you can get several rejections. Just a few months of…


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Shaun Behrens is the host of The Germany Experience, a weekly podcast about life in Germany, as seen through the eyes of outsiders.

One of the things about moving to another country is that you very quickly notice peculiarities in the culture. Case in point: when you move to Germany it won’t be long before you notice the way Germans are about birthdays. I mean, sure, they celebrate in similar ways to people in other countries. But German birthday traditions can be just plain strange. Here are some examples.

Shake the Birthday Person’s Hand

Where I’m from (South Africa), wishing someone who has a birthday…


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Photo by Harpal Singh on Unsplash

I’m what you might consider a “mature” gamer. I have a job, multiple hobbies, and two small time-thieves living in my house (in other words, my offspring), all of which substantially limit my video gaming time. And lately, finding games that can fit into my schedule has become difficult. Case in point: I decided that it was time to get stuck into Red Dead Redemption 2 (I loved the first game). As I usually do, I checked How Long To Beat for the time commitment needed to play the storyline. The answer? 45 hours! Forty-five hours, without doing sidequests! …


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Photo by Ostap Senyuk on Unsplash

As a parent of a toddler, I have had the privilege of observing it in its natural habitat. I am a bit like David Attenborough, except instead of having the credo of just letting the wildlife be, I occasionally do need to intervene to prevent it from feeding other siblings chalk, or destroying furniture that has existed for over 40 years. Now while I wouldn’t say I regret having a toddler — not entirely — there are times when I wonder what life would be like if there was no tornado ripping through all the material possessions I hold dear…


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I think it’s fair to say that I was an athletic slacker for most of my life. Maybe you’re one too. For me, it has its roots deep in my childhood, when I grew up detesting any kind of athletic endeavor (probably because I was the nerdy drama club piano-playing type). I hated watching sport, I hated talking about it, I hated everything it stood for, and most of all I hated doing it.

It stayed that way through the majority of my life. I mean, I did try and do things. When I was in my twenties and drinking…


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It’s a meme or blog post topic I’ve seen a lot of in the past few months or so and these days with increasing frequency: “It’s better to have a good boss in a bad company than a bad boss in a good company”. To be fair, the original advice is geared towards people choosing their first job:


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It was a few days ago, just as the World Wide Web was turning 30, when a new Internet challenge popped up on several of my feeds. Now, just like most Internet denizens, I could be forgiven for almost immediately rolling my eyes. After all, Internet challenges are not usually monuments to human intelligence; especially the dangerous ones.

We’ve had people jumping out of cars while singing bad hip hop lyrics (which had the videos, the fails, and the faked fails all going viral). Even worse, we had people getting into car accidents because they blindfolded themselves while driving for…


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On one of my long Internet evenings (the ones that usually end up with me watching “real” footage of mermaids on YouTube at 2 am), I came across a doctor who seriously believes that electromagnetic radiation is giving us cancer. In the video, he holds a mobile phone with cooking tongs so that he can keep it a safe distance from himself. Part of me thought, “I bet he doesn’t use his phone like that any other time.” But another part of me thought, “Hey, what if he really believes that he can get cancer from that phone? …


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I have a severe dislike for first-person shooters (for those thinking that I am one of those noobs who hates FPS games because I suck at them, yes: you’re correct, I am really bad at them). I also tried Fortnite briefly and decided fairly quickly that I don’t like the battle royale genre, either. And yet, I find myself strangely addicted to Apex Legends, a first-person shooter battle royale game. How did this happen?

For those who don’t know where to find the Internet, the battle royale genre has exploded in video games in recent years. Its popularity started with…


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Searching for Skylab movie poster (Courtesy of Searching for Skylab)

The next time you see someone — anyone — ask them: “Do you know about Skylab?” Chances are, you’ll be met with a glazed expression (and possibly a look of concern, depending on if you just asked a complete stranger). I was the same. OK, to be fair, I’d heard of it. I knew it had been a space station at some point, but that was the extent of my knowledge. The strangest thing is that it’s a gap in the knowledge of many space fans, too.

And yet, Skylab is a massive part of our spacefaring history. It gave…

Shaun Behrens

Tech writer by day. Host of The Germany Experience Podcast. Hobby musician. Gamer.

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