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Morganbissell11
6/3/2015 01:50 EST

Hello, I am a 19 year old male.
My name is Morgan Bissell.
I have a high school diploma, and I am from the U.S. (Not sure if I had to list that, cause this is an expat forum)
However, my girlfriend of two years lives and is a citizen of Austria.
So, we're long distance. (It sucks, and it's hard.. But love travels)
I've been told numerous times it is impossible for me to move to Austria. But, it just motivates me more and I don't take no for an answer.
How can I, a 19 year old male, who's only trade skills are warehouse production, and building shutters, move to Austria.
ANY HELP PLEASE.
My German is B1 level

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speedy64
4/7/2016 11:18 EST

Nothing for nothing but I've been here for almost 3 1/2 years and I've worked only 2 jobs, I have high qualifications in Logistics but here it don't mean crap, Foreigners are not really welcomed here, and it's Damn near impossible to get work without a good degree of German language, If you are in the US I would stay there and have your girl come to you, I spent 20 yrs Stateside and now I curse myself for leaving.

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HappyInTirol
4/14/2016 09:52 EST

Hi,

To the 19 year old: You're at an ideal age to move here, even if for a few years. If you have a letter from your shutters employer, describing your work, get it translated and include it with your CV when you give it to employers. Try showing up in person. They may expect you to first take a Lehrling role. If Girlfriend or Girlfriends' parents can be roped into speaking on your behalf with the shutter builders (yes, indeed, such companies here exist and also openings for working in warehouses), that should do the trick.

To Logistics Person: Mid-career moves to Austria with low to no German skills is tough. Mostly Mom and Pop sized businesses dominate. What we call middling size, Austrians would call large. Logistics is then often heavily dependent on need for person with very good to excellent German because of the type of other functions in the company that that role would have to interface with.

Sometimes, mid-career, non-German speakers will have to converting themselves to another career track. Trying to go for a entry-level in same track will not work. That is because Works Councils stick to a fair and balanced pay scale for # of years of experience to prevent older people in the job market from being undercut.

Good luck. Work those family networks and boost your language skills, even if it's bar chat. Just like in the U.S. personal networks make a huge difference here.

~HappyInTirol

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Ken5811
4/18/2016 05:06 EST

I moved here 8 months ago with my Austrian wife. We both lived in the states for 28 years. If you are not married or have a employee sponsor it might be difficult to get a permanent resident card. I had trouble even though I had a good salary in the states. I am retired now with a pension and teach online. I would master the German language as best as possible. You can visit up to ninety days on a tourist visa. Stay a couple of months and see if you really like it. There are challenges here and it is not easy for foreigners but it is what you make of it. This is a beautiful country and Europe has many opportunities. Best of luck

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