If you have already completed an apprenticeship or have a study degree, you may work directly as an employee in Germany under certain conditions. For this purpose you may have to go through a recognition procedure for your qualification so that you are allowed to work in Germany.
Is your profession regulated?
In Germany, there are regulated and non-regulated professions. Regulated professions exist, for example, in the health care sector (e.g., physician). You are only allowed to work here if you have an appropriate degree. Therefore you must go through a recognition process. This means that it is checked whether your foreign qualification is equivalent to the qualification you need to be allowed to work in Germany in that particular profession. You can find more information on the recognition of professions on the federal government’s portal „Make it in Germany„.
Many professions in Germany are not regulated. You may still need to have your qualifications from abroad recognized. You can also find out more about this on the German government’s „Make it in Germany“ portal.
Job-seeking and application
To find a job in Germany, you have several options:
- Job and career fairs: Companies present themselves there and you can get in touch directly with people from the company.
- Online job portals and networks, company websites
- Counseling at the employment agency: There are counseling centers of the employment agency in almost all German cities. There you can find out about vacancies in the region. On the BERUFENET website of the German Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) you will find detailed information on various professions and activities (website not available in English).
- In addition, the German Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) also has an online job portal. The employees can also help with questions about the application and the application process.
- You can also find more information about working in Germany on the federal government website „Make it in Germany„.