Life after 5 months in Germany:
It is now quite a while since I moved to Germany back in August 2020. Although it is everything closed, I never imagined that I would like the work at my current employer. In Austria, I had many bad experiences working as an employee. When I lived in Austria, I did not know how restricted my life was in general. Wake up at 6:30, commute to work by train in order to arrive at 7:30, work until 17:00 and then commute home to arrive at 18:00. Then relatives at home are annoying and steal a fraction of the last 4 hours of free time you have as you go to bed at 22:00 in order to get enough sleep. This was the cycle whenever I was employed somewhere in Austria. This completely ruins your motivation. Now let’s examine the improvement of my current situation compared to the situation before:
Austria vs Germany:
When ever you make life choices, it is important to consider advantages and disadvantages which highly depend on your situation and demands. Here is a list to compare all important aspects:
|Old Life in Austria
|New Life in Germany
|Living: At home with mom. No own flat as rent is too expensive while salaries are terrible.
|Own flat as rent is much cheaper than in Austria even in locations where rents are high.
|Have friends in Austria.
|I have online friends living in Germany. They live very close to me now, and I could visit them.
Phone contact with old friends remains.
|Relatives live in Austria. Mom forcing me to help with garden work or other annoying stuff.
|No Relatives and I are thankful for this. No stupid birthday meetings or other nonsense.
|Long Commute Time of 1 hour. Commute by train filled with toxic people. €100 each month for train tickets.
Low Salary: €1700 (€1600)
Real Work Hour: 40h + 10(Commute) + 5(Pause Times) = 55h
|Commute time of 15 min by bicycle through the forest.
Much higher salary.
Higher income (€3000+)
Amazing work environment.
|Gym only but huge forest
So in summary, the only real thing missing is the Iaido training I practiced in Austria. Everything else is a huge improvement as even the distance to relatives is more a blessing as they were pretty annoying. What I really learned to love is home office as after the first month, I was allowed to do home office for the first time in my life. Back in Austria, home office was very restricted. Now it is the normal thing due to Covid-19 and communication over Teams works much better than in meeting rooms with bad air conditioning.
Back then, I had the choice to stay at home or to leave and relocating is mostly the better choice if you are already pretty unhappy.