Job opportunities for international students in the Germany

Germany is renowned for its automobile industries like Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Opel, Porsche, BMW, and therefore Automobile Engineers, Automotive Engineers and Mechanical Engineers have always preferred this country. Some of the MS aspirants are also opting for emerging fields like Automotive Software Engineering, Automotive Safety Engineering or System Architect. Such options can help them bag good jobs in Germany and establish a sound career as Automotive Software Engineers, Automotive Linux Engineers, and Automotive Safety Engineers in companies like Opel or Porsche.

Holding the highest employment rates in the European Union, there are lucrative job opportunities in Germany, in the field of Aerospace, Automotive, Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals, Construction, Electrical and Electronics, Energy and Environmental Technology, Healthcare, IT and Telecommunications, Medical Technology, Mechanics, Mechanical, Medical and Business Administrators, Nanotechnology, Precision Engineering and Optics, and Steel and Metal. The top companies offering jobs are Amazon, Google, SAP, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Siemens, and Bayer. As of 2019, the country has the highest employment rate (80% population employed), especially in the age bracket of 20–64 years. This is way better than most European countries. It also has one of the lowest gender gaps among the EU nations, with gender parity on a steady rise.

Landing a job in Germany has just one pre-requisite and that, for most employers, is a degree from a German University. Some notable universities in Germany are Technical University of Munich, RWTH Aachen University, Technical University of Berlin, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, University of Stuttgart, and the Darmstadt University of Technology. They are a getaway to several high-profile companies as most of the universities have internship tie-ups with these companies. Career fairs, namely IKOM, IKOM Bau are conducted by the Technical University of Munich. In addition to a dedicated career and internship section, the university has excursions, seminars, challenge calls, and can help students explore Jobs in Germany. The Darmstadt University of Technology also provides career planning services. Apart from job vacancies on its own campus, it offers vocational training, corporate contact fairs, and employment agencies to help students.

However, if you have a degree from a foreign university and have not studied at a German university, then you need to check if your degree is recognised before applying for jobs in Germany. Even if you land a job, there are visa requirements and of course, as an applicant from a non-EU country, you need a valid work visa.

While the type of visa depends on the type of job you want to do, the EU Blue Card is most coveted by job-seekers from non-EU countries. According to reports, Germany has issued the highest number of Blue Cards (26995 Blue Cards) and falls among the top salary thresholds at 53600 EUR for Blue Card holders. To add on, the German government is likely to pass a new law, ‘Skilled Immigration Law’ which will make working in Germany easier for non-EU job seekers.

In case you are eyeing to pursue your master’s or Ph.D. in Germany, please book a session with our destination expert for Germany!