Thursday, February 16, 2006
Things aren't looking so great on the job front. We faced some bad news.
A job opportunity we were hoping for in Berlin didn't
pan out. We discovered that the project was cancelled and they wouldnt need Eric. On one hand, this isn't
such a bad thing. Relocating to Berlin for three months and finding temporary living arrangements would have been tedious. On the other hand, this left us without a job to depend on or any income after next week.
So Eric trekked over to the job office and went to see if there were any temporary openings in our field. He left hopeful, but came back discouraged. He collapsed on the sofa and sighed. This is the basic gist of our conversation.
"So how did it go
"There were three job opportunities, The only
temporary jobs available. none
of them in our field. Since we're not technically unemployed yet, What they gave me was limited."
"Well still....three jobs
... that sounds good"
Eric shook his head and pulled out some files. "Okay, The first one is for a night nurse
. One week, 7 nights, 11 hour shifts", He said.
"Well, that's a possibility.."
"Stretched out over the span of 4 months" He added. "Which means 2 nights this month, 2 nights next month...", He said "And there is some training involved
"Okay, we're not even going to be here for 4 months. next"
"Then we've got a job stacking shelves for Home depot type company
. Mostly manual labour"
"Well..It's a job, only temporary"
"That's what I thought too, but here's the catch", Eric added "Requirement
: Willingness to travel frequently
. One of the locations was Switzerland
?? Okay forget it" I sighed "Did you find anything for me?"
"Well, Since you're an American in Germany ..It was hard. Most jobs require fluent speaking and writing in German. Which you can do just fine, but not to the advanced level say..a full-time secretary would need.", He said "But there was an opening for an English teacher
"I could do that"
"One hour a week, for four weeks. More or less as a private tutor", Eric added "It's not going to make us much money. Only 20 euros a week"
I felt discouraged. "That's IT
"Yep, 10% of the German population is currently jobless. There's nothing out there. We have some rough times ahead of us."
I glanced over at our bills.I just hope Eric's Green Card arrives soon.
P.S. A sincere thank you
everyone that filled out the Johari Window
. I'll type up my thoughts on the results tomorrow.