Periodically, I simply like to look for jobs in Germany. Not that I need one, but for projects in which I am involved, it is always interesting to see what is available, especially in regard to the various project foci. This time it was e-Jobs, like those whose profiles are being developed in the e-Virtue Project. Being located in Germany, however, I’m particularly interested in how the job market is developing in this sector, especially since the Germany economy, according to its politicians at least, is booming.
Unfortunately, I was disappointed again. I found listings for content developers, for example, in Germany, but at an English site, jobspotting.com. And I stumbled over a couple of online-language-teaching jobs at the German Craiglist site. Needless to say, this is a bit thin.
It would seem that both the Brits and the Americans are still leading the way in this field. Not only are wanted-ads more readily available and more easily accessible, there is a wealth of additional information available for people who are looking to perhaps get back into work or to change their career fields. One example, which I found particularly interesting was a site for work-at-home moms who might be interested in working even part-time. The information regarding the instructional designer was a good place to start thinking about possibilities, to say the least.
It is truly time for the German e-learning sector to get on board. If career information and job or career opportunities are to be found, they should, at a minimum, be found online.
« Make it in Germany » – this is the name of the recently started skilled workers initiative of the German government. By applying five pillars (« activation », « compatability of family & job », « education opportunities for everyone », « qualification », and « integration »), a qualitative basis of skilled workers shall be ensured for the future. BITKOM (Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media) also welcomes this initiative as they identified 28,000 job vacancies in the German IT-Industry at the moment.
More information about this initiative : http://www.fachkraefte-offensive.de/DE/Startseite/start.html and http://www.bitkom.org/72406_72398.aspx (Accessed: 12/06/2012)
The following link directs you to an interesting study on the ICT industry in Germany conducted by Germand Trade and Invest: http://www.santiago.diplo.de/contentblob/3082330/Daten/1148251/GTAI_ICT_DD.pdf
Gaming industry revenues in Germany have overtaken both the music industry and cinema-going. Taking in EUR 1.86 billion in 2010 with growth rates of 6 percent, Germany is turning heads in a segment long dominated by countries like Japan, Korea and the USA. And with Germany’s economy buzzing along despite global economic turbulence, start-up hotspots like Berlin are drawing increasing attention. Germany Trade & Invest will be on hand at this year’s Gamescom from August 17-21 in Cologne to share the latest opportunities in Germany’s thriving gaming industry.
“Game developers and publishers find outstanding investment conditions in Germany. With a domestic market of 23 million gamers along with internationally-minded and affordable programmers and software developers, companies can serve the German, European, and broader international markets from one location,” said Henri Troillet, gaming industry expert at Germany Trade & Invest in Berlin.
Industry trends worldwide have seen a shift away from PCs and consoles and an increase in mobile, online and browser-based games. Distribution channels have also been upended in recent years, with online and in-app purchases increasing significantly. With such large changes underway, the industry has become fragmented and thereby attractive for start-ups. In Germany, the combination of a world-class IT infrastructure, strong education system and the country’s growing appeal for international developers has created a ripe situation for start-ups and companies to invest.
Germany Trade & Invest is the foreign trade and inward investment agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. The organization advises and supports foreign companies seeking to expand into the German market, and assists companies established in Germany looking to enter foreign markets. In a recent study, Germany Trade & Invest analysed the economic development and significance of the German ICT industry. The report (as a PDF document) can be downloaded here.