I come from Moscow (no, I was not born there 😉 ), where I had a successful career in a big international company. I got married to my great German husband 😉 and moved to Hamburg when I was 27 years old.
When I came here I found myself in some sort of a “stupor”! I graduated with honours from a very good University in Russia, I speak excellent English and I had years of work experience in a large company in Russia…. what a disappointment came when for two years I was not able to find a job ;-(
Then I realized that probably I did not have enough knowledge of German and so it began from morning till night 14 consecutive months to master my German. Again, CVs, some interviews and again no results.
Honestly, we began to think to go back to Moscow, in the hope that my husband would find a job there….but his Russian is terrible… At that point, I had an idea to get a Master’s Degree to improve my chances of getting a job! After I successfully completed MBA, new job search started…. A few months of silence….again a feeling of “stupor”. Again and again, sending out resumes, often no interviews. The result is zero.
After about 9 months from my graduation (!!!) I did manage somehow to find a nice job….. where there are almost NO Germans, only international colleagues and managers! And of course I am over the clouds now. Well, the story is you can make it work, if you are very determined person… and only if you are patient and have a couple of years to “waste” 😉