I started writing job applications. I wrote approximately 55 applications in 4 months. I applied for a temporary job, known as a Mini-Job here in Germany (which helps you earn some pocket money, without having to worry about taxes). Lastly, I got back to my favourite sport, Badminton, and started playing every Sunday.
The Job applications that I wrote helped me realize my market value in Germany and narrow down the target companies who desired my kind of talent and skillsets. These applications started bringing back my confidence. While continuing to apply for a regular job in my area of expertise, I started learning the language intensively.
Within a few months I landed myself with a mini-job in Düsseldorf. The job in itself was not high-profile, but helped me see that ‘Every grey cloud has a silver lining.’ It helped me gain my freedom back, decrease my dependency, earn my monthly pocket money, regain my confidence and most importantly: it kick started my life once again.
While enjoying the privileges of my new life, I learnt via a friend about an International Community in Düsseldorf, called InterNations. I was thrilled to know that there is a platform where I can interact with other expats. I enrolled myself immediately. I made new friends, I felt more active.
I was networking and socializing with people from all across the globe. Some who were relatively new to the city and felt lost like I did few months ago and others who were trying to get their life rolling. Associating with these people by sharing my experiences and learning from theirs has been engaging and enriching.
All these life-battling situations have made me a very strong person. Nothing in Life matters more than the Attitude an individual wears and carries throughout their journey, each day.
From my Indian descent, I have always learnt – “If it is to Be, it is up to ME.”
NOW, take a deep breath and decide! What do YOU want out of your life? Out of any situation that you are not used to? Do YOU want to sit back and grieve or get out and create?
Have you made the same experience?
You are well educated, you have professional experience and most important: You have drive and ambition. You want to make a contribution and build a good career.
But German employers don't value your talent. You apply for job after job. You spent hours editing your CV and cover letter to fit perfectly. And then: You don't even get an answer.
There is a way forward! Chris Pyak and the rest of us at Immigrant Spirit GmbH: We want you to succeed.