In grade ten I was the first student to be studying three languages as I stepped into my first “real” German class.
The more my language skills improved, the more international my network grew and I became German. According to everyone I meet, I might as well be a native. You would not believe the amount of times I have been met with shocked faces to my reply of where I am from and that I simply “learned” German to a native level in less than 5 years. For all they know, I might as well have grown up here.
After returning to Australia after my year abroad in Mannheim, I had completed my German major and with that my Bachelor of Arts; but something was still missing. My heart and my life was still in Germany, though I wasn’t there. Going back to Adelaide was exactly that – going back into the past. The newer, wiser, better-travelled and more developed version of me now resided in Germany.
When I learned those first few words, at the time I had no idea that this one simple step would entirely change my life and lead me to meet my future life partner, study law at the best business University in, open up unique travel opportunities and lead me to start my own business as a professional German teacher.
So here we are in 2017. I now work as a professional German teacher and content producer. In less than 6 weeks I am moving to my dream city, Berlin, with the love of my life. This is exactly what learning German can bring you.
So whatever your future plans may be, learning German will double the number of career opportunities for you. Being the most widely spoken language in Europe after English, there is a huge opportunity to work internationally, obtain a job in not only Germany, which has the third largest economy in Europe but other countries like Austria, Belgium, Switzerland … which equals more €€€ and a strong amount of new business opportunities.