Sitting on the dining table one Sunday afternoon with my entire Italian family. I experienced a strange thing. Something that changed the way I look at things and the city I live in.
The table was laid down for lunch for 8 people at around 2pm. We were all sitting and enjoying the sumptuous meal – the spaghetti, the bruschetta, different varieties of bread (brown bread to ciabatta). After the first serving, all of them got talking about something in German and continued their conversation almost till the end of the meal.
I was sitting there, having my meal without uttering a word. I wanted to contribute to the conversation, be a part of it or at least have something to say; but my language skills prohibited me from talking (this is in 2012 when I had just moved to Germany and could not speak much German). I felt lonely, disengaged, unwanted and a series of other negative feelings. I questioned myself, “What the fuck am I doing here? Do I really belong here?”
I felt completely lost and alienated. I went to my room and sat down on my writing desk, looked up at the sky and wondered. What should I do? How do I get rid of this unwanted feeling?
And after a real long pause – there it was all along – The Answer! Right in front of me with absolutely no rocket signs attached to it.
There was no one else who was going to create a difference in my life but ME. I started writing…
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.