Working In Berlin – Update
With my last post, I had mentioned that I had issues with my visa in regards to getting a job. For Americans, we do not have this working holiday visa that Australians and Canadians have, so if we want to work, we have to get a good paying job for a visa. I finally get an email saying to come down and bring my passport. We get there, and my visa is waiting for me for the company I had applied to some time ago. I was a bit worried, because I had not heard back from them, and was not even sure they were hiring. Low and behold, they were waiting for me, and welcomed me to start as soon as possible.
This week is my first week. I am in a sales role for an upcoming travel start up company in Berlin. Their largest competitor is Airbnb ( a place that I applied with before). They are Germany’s answer to social travel. I was under the impression that I would be working in account management, and not spending my time cold calling people for this company. That was not the case.
I am happy that I finally got a job, and do not have to worry about being allowed to stay here, but I must say after two years of not working….this was a definite jolt to the system. The company is new, and they really do not seem to know what they are doing in regards to customer retention. In the week I have been here, many people have yelled at me for calling them over and over. I try not to take it personally, but it can be hard. I have not cold called since 2004 LOL. I vowed never to do it again, but I can no longer survive with just staying at home and complaining all the time.
I am working on a three month contract. I am unsure if I would choose to extend this contract, or continue to a new company that will value my skills. I do have a Masters degree in business. I am sure I can do much more than cold call. However, I have to learn German to get the good jobs. Understandably so.
As much as I complained about being home, now I long for those times. I hope it gets better.