Experts from Indo-German Chamber of Commerce and Pro Recognition, a project of Germany’s federal ministry of education and research, said in the past three years the number of consultations they offer have gone up significantly. They were in the city for a session titled information on job search and work in Germany.
Pro Recognition, a project set up in 2015, offers consultation to foreign graduates about careers in Germany. Its experts also offer consultation to students from developing countries on getting their academic qualifications recognised according to German standards. “The course contents of degrees earned by foreign students should match with that of German standards for them to get a work visa,” said Beatrice Nass from the management team of Pro Recognition.
The number of consultations given by Pro Recognition in India has gone up significantly, experts said. “In 2016, we gave 75 consultations and it rose to 300 in 2017. So far this year, we have offered 300 consultations,” said Isabell Jenninger, manager of vocational training and recognition, Pro Recognition. “With Brexit in Britain and Trump administration in the US, more people are seeing Germany as an alternative.” Indians were the largest group that holds EU blue cards – a work visa for highly qualified professionals – in Germany, she said.
Information technology, engineering, construction and planning were some areas where there was a demand for professionals in Germany, Nass said.
There is demand for Java developers, embedded systems engineers and electrical engineers in Germany, says Jenninger. “Graduates looking for jobs in Germany should focus on jobs that have shortage of professionals. Rules are that German employers can’t recruit foreign graduates unless they can’t find professionals there,” she said, adding, “Graduates applying for jobs in the healthcare sector must personally apply. Rule in Germany doesn’t allow them to come through agents.”
Jenninger said graduates, who look for jobs in Germany, should have a working knowledge of German language. “Software programmers, data scientists and skilled workers need A2 level proficiency in German; Engineers and nurses need B2-level proficiency; healthcare workers, IT sales, IT security, and online marketing professionals need C1-level proficiency; and teachers need C2-level proficiency.”