Excerpted from the Germany Career Guide
Networking is very important in Germany, especially for newcomers. Personal relationships and friendships with Germans may be slow to develop. This fact increases the benefits of networking. It is an important tool to stay informed about job and business opportunities. Joining, or at least attending, clubs and associations is a great way to meet people with common interests or backgrounds.
Business and Professional Women e.V.
This organization is the German delegation of an international organization. It was founded in 1951 in 35 German cities and is present in about 100 countries worldwide today. It represents approximately 1,000 women in Germany, with a wide variety of professional backgrounds. The club offers networking for projects, cooperation and synergies.
Business and Professional Women Germany
Sigmaringer Strasse 1
Tel: +49 30 311 705 15
Fax: +49 30 311 705 16
Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI)
Association of German Engineers
http://www.vdi.de (German, English)
VDI, the Association of German Engineers, is the largest engineering association in Germany, with nearly 150,000 members. Its website offers a variety of services, including information on further education and news from the world of engineering. It also contains publications such as consulting essays and a wide range of professional journals. Dates for recruiting workshops organized by the VDI are posted on this website.
Verein Deutscher Ingenieure
Tel: +49 211 62 14 0
Fax: +49 211 62 14 575
Industry Organizations and Councils
Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft (BVDW)
Federal Association of the Digital Economy
http://www.bvdw.org (German, English)
The Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft (BVDW) represents the interests of companies in the field of interactive marketing, digital content and interactive added value. The BVDW has an interdisciplinary foundation and a holistic overview of the issues facing the digital economy. It has taken on the task of highlighting the efficiency and benefits of digital media, thus promoting its deployment in the economy, in society and in government. BVDW is engaged in continuous dialogue with politicians, the media and other interest groups, and supports the dynamic development of the sector in a results-oriented, practical and effective way.
Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft (BVDW)
Berliner Allee 57
Tel: +49 211 600 456 0
Fax: +49 211 600 456 33
Unions and Labor Organizations
Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB)
German Trade Union
http://www.dgb.de (German, some pages in English, French and Spanish)
The Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund coordinates joint demands, topics and campaigns for its eight member unions, which represent both blue- and white-collar workers: IG Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt (construction, agriculture and the environment), IG BergbauChemieEnergie (mining, chemistry and energy), GewerkschaftErziehung und Wissenschaft (education and sciences), IG Metall (metallurgical industry), GewerkschaftNahrung-Genuss-Gaststätten (food, beverages and catering), Gewerkschaft der Polizei (police), Transnet (railway) and Ver.di (white collar services). The DGB itself is not directly involved in collective bargaining; it focuses instead on larger political issues affecting unions.
Tel: +49 30 240 600
Fax: +49 30 240 60 324
Connect: The English Speakers Cultural Club – Berlin e.V.
Connect: The English Speakers Cultural Club is an international circle for casual conversation in English. Whether new in town or a resident of Berlin for a few years, one can meet interesting people from all walks of life through the club. It meets once a week at a pub or, during the summer, in a beer garden. People who attend Connect are either expatriates living in Berlin who would like to speak their native tongue occasionally, Germans who have been living abroad for some time and want to maintain their English-speaking skills or just people interested in speaking English. Connect has about 250 members from at least 15 different countries. Approximately 20 to 40 people attend the weekly meetings. The website includes a number of links to other English-speaking social clubs.
English Speakers Cultural Club
Beckumer Strasse 32
Chambers of Commerce
Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce Deutscher Industrie und Handelskammertag (DIHK)
http://www.dihk.de (German, some pages in English)
DIHK, the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (Deutscher Industrie und Handelskammertag), is the central organization for 82 chambers. All German companies registered in Germany, with the exception of handicraft businesses (they are represented by Handwerkskammer, the chamber of handicraft), the free professions and agricultural farms, are required by law to join a chamber. Thus, the DIHK counts as its members more than 3 million entrepreneurs. Its duties include representation of the members’ interests, encouragement of trade industries and vocational training, and preparation of surveys. The DIHK is represented all over Germany; the following address is that of its central organization in Berlin.
Breite Strasse 29
Tel: +49 30 203 08 0
Fax: +49 30 203 08 1000
Das Große Deutsche Branchenbuch
The Big German Industry Book
Das Große deutsche Branchenbuch (the modern online version of the German Yellow Pages) provides names, addresses and telephone/fax numbers for 3 million German businesses in 7,000 different sectors. Searches can be done by industry sector, name, street and zip code (postleitzahl - PLZ).
Major Trade Publications
Wirtschaftswoche Economy Week
Wirtschaftswoche (Economy Week) is a German-language business magazine founded in 1926 under the name DeutscherVolkswirt (German Economist). It is published weekly and reports on business, economics and capital markets. There is an annual subscription fee.
Tel: +49 211 887 0
Fax: +49 211 887 2980
This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Germany Guide.