The Struggle is real
So after three months of applications, emails and interviews I finally managed to secure an Internship at a local IT company. I'm happy and grateful for the chance I was given.
During this time I kept track of all my applications and now it's time to sum it all up in some graphics.
In total I applied to 29 companies over the period starting from 18.01.2015 and ending 01.04.2015
I had interviews, phonecalls and emails after the enddate on 01.04, but that was the day I send my last application, so I think it is a good endpoint as any. This process takes so long because the start of most apprenticeship in Germany is on the 01.08, so it's not in the URGENT pile in many companies to-do lists.
I've created a tiny statistic for you to see - how easy or hard - it is to actually find an Ausbildung in Hannover as Fachinformatiker für Anwendungsentwicklung.
For people, who are not familiar with the system in Germany: it basically means a three year long apprenticeship (school + work) as a Software Developer at a company.
The graphics are all based on my personal experience and they do not claim to be the norm in any way. For instance the first applications I send where all not very well written, so that shaped my statistics a lot. It also showed, because I got way more feedback for the ones I send in March then f.e start of February. Also at start I was too picky and that might have cost me some interviews. Live and learn.
Btw I call it
"Finding an Ausbildungsplatz as a Non-Native German Speaker in Hannover (2015)"
Immerhin I have an internship now and I'm very happy. Hope this will inspire at least someone to go for it in a foreign country because the languagebarrier should not hold you back in IT (it's a big plus whereever you decide to move). The entire process is not easy, because it takes a very long time and can be stressful at times, because of all the waiting and hoping.