today we will close the series on my life in Germany that started almost 7 years ago (29th of July will be 7 years). This post will be a chapter of my life that is still being written right now but that started back in 2019.
In the summer of 2019, I started searching for a new job after not receiving a paycheck in my old company. After talking to my best friend and crying how I didn’t know what the future held and was this a point where I had to pack up my stuff, going back home, I decided one thing; I needed to start job hunting. I wrote my new CV, new applications, let them be proof read and then started sending them around. Bless my best friend because she got me a job interview in her company. The interview went great; I liked the team leader, the team leader liked me and now it was up to management to approve me. A week passed, then another, my vacation came and I went. I had a feeling this job won’t happen and it ended up being correct. After multiple written emails and calls, I finally received a call from the HR that I was sadly declined but that they will keep me in eye for another position.
I didn’t let that set me back, I just continued writing my applications whenever I had free time. There were times where I thought that it won’t happen and I will be stuck in this old company for who knows how long. I remember the day, the Thursday afternoon when my best friend messaged me “Do you have time tomorrow for a job interview? Another position opened in my company and I talked to the team leader.”. I was shocked but I accepted it, saying I can only come sadly at 4pm due to work, the time was confirmed and the nerves started working. I had a bit more than a day to prepare. My friend wrote me short informations about the position and told me what to check out so I did just that; printing out the stuff I needed to learn in this day. She even made me a 20minutes long voice message about all most important terminology that could be asked, one that I relistened multiple times.
The interview time came and my knees were shaking but the person from HR was glad to see me again. I remember only the blurs of the interview since one of the Senior Managers joined the interview this time and he was scary (still is, sometimes). I was sure that I failed and I told that to my best friend, not hoping for the much. I recevied a message from her later that evening that the Senior Manager told I was actually great for someone not coming from shipping industry. That relaxed me a bit but I was still nervous, nervous until Monday when I received a call from HR with “Congratulations, you just got a job! Starting from November 1st”, which gave me exactly 3 days to resign from my old job. I wrote a message to my best friend and went over to call my apprenticeship helper to just get some tips on how to quit and all. Indeed, on 2nd of October, I went to talk to the boss and he was surprised that I quitted, asking the reason why and I laid it flat open in front of him. After that, I informed all the colleagues not wanting them to hear from someone else that I quit. They were all happy and understandable about my decision, knowing just how much I struggled.
The new chapter started on the 1st of November 2019 and is still being written right now. I was still in the probation time when we got hit by the pandemic last year in March. I was afraid that I won’t make it, talked about it with my team leader but she calmed me down and told me that I’m not going anywhere. And she was right; I didn’t go anywhere, I’m still here, happy. I’m happy with the job that I have and can finally relax. I don’t have to be afraid that I will end up on the streets, have to go back to my home country, not get a paycheck. I’m valued as a worker and have made new friendships, met some new people. At the beginning of the next year, I plan to put down a request for a German citizenship and take on dual citizenship which will be a big step for me. When that happens, I will update you all.
Even if some would say that I’m the only one responsible for getting a job, I still want to say big ‘thank you’ to my best friend. Not only for helping me get the two job interviews but for everything you’ve done for me so far. You will know what it is and what happened, especially in the last 2 years. So thank you, thank you for everything. I hope you know just how much I appreciate and love you.
This is the end of my “Germany” series, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask and I will do my best to reply. And remember; don’t let anyone dull your sparkle.
Love and light,