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I've decided its time to find a new job, and for the last 5 months I've been searching for a good next move (I work in computer support). On Monday I've got an interview (in London, UK 2 hours drive) for a job I first applied for at the beginning of October. It seems like a great opportunity, working for a very well known company in a key design centre.<br><br><br><br>
This is where it all gets a bit crazy.<br><br><br><br>
Today (Sunday), my potential employers are flying two people (one of whom is my potential Boss) from Chicago to the UK to interview me. If everything goes well, next week they will fly me to visit my new office in Munich, Germany.<br><br><br><br>
Suddenly, this is all getting very real. It seemed like a great opportunity in the advert, but I never thought Id get through for a face-to-face interview (Ive had five telephone interviews for this job so far), let alone any further.<br><br><br><br>
I've spent much of the last three months researching life in Munich, and it seems like a fantastic and beautiful place to live. Its position within Europe is perfect. The Alps are 40 minutes away; Salzburg is 1hour 30 minutes away; Zurich is 3 hours drive; Vienna, Prague and Milan are 4 hours drive away. And Id be paid to be there!<br><br><br><br>
For the last year I have worked with a Swedish colleague, whose European viewpoint and appreciation of the freedom of living and working within the whole of Europe, rather than just viewing things as just one country has been a real inspiration.<br><br><br><br>
If they say yes and offer me the job, then I could be there by the end of February. This will mean packing up all my belongings, saying goodbye to family and friends. I think the hardest part has been trying to keep up the enthusiasm; Ive found it wavering constantly as the months have dragged on. I've never been to Germany before, and (as yet) I don't speak a word of German, the business language is English, and Munich is a very English speaking city so I'd be able to get by while learning the language.<br><br><br><br>
What do you think? If they offer me the job should I go?
 

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Wow, that is a lot of pressure. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> It sounds like a fantastic opportunity though. I think it's natural to have these thoughts but you shouldn't let it stop you if it's what you want.
 

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I've never understood how a company could conduct that many interviews. What on earth could you possibly discuss in that many phonecalls?<br><br><br><br>
If you're tired of the job you have now and you think you'd enjoy the change of scenery one way or another, it sounds like you'd have a wonderful time if you took it.
 

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If success knocks on the door and your afraid to answer it you'll never meet it. As I gained more success in my field, I realized that I was also more intimidated by it. I had further to fall and it was the fear of failure that scared me more than success itself. I'm glad I overcame that fear and answered the door.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Tsila</i><br><br><b>I've never understood how a company could conduct that many interviews. What on earth could you possibly discuss in that many phonecalls?</b></div>
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Good Question.<br><br><br><br>
1. Traditional interview with new boss.<br><br>
2. Technical interview with US expert.<br><br>
3. Technical interview with person I would be replacing in Munich.<br><br><br><br>
Delay of about a month, during which time they employed someone who didn't know what they'd let themselves in for, they left after two weeks.<br><br><br><br>
4. Less formal repeat of 1.<br><br>
5. Less formal repeat of 3.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by MsRuthieB</i><br><br><b>If success knocks on the door and your afraid to answer it you'll never meet it. As I gained more success in my field, I realized that I was also more intimidated by it. I had further to fall and it was the fear of failure that scared me more than success itself. I'm glad I overcame that fear and answered the door.</b></div>
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This is very good advice. Part of my reluctance is due to the fact that I applied for a job I never though I'd get. I'm going to keep this at the back of my mind tomorrrow, it will help me stay focused.
 

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I'd go if I was you. What an adventure. I expect your family and friends will all rush for free holidays with you . Good luck
 

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GO TO SLEEP or you'll regret it tomorrow- have you ironed your shirt and polished your shoes yet??
 

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Yeah, don't under estimate your skills. Push all negative voices to the side in the morning. Don't listen to even not a one. Think positively of what you bring to the table. Everything. This is the product you are trying to sell; they are looking to buy. Good luck to you Jon ! Let us know how it turns out.
 

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sounds scary, big move to a new place, new job, etc. but it also sounds really exciting.<br><br><br><br>
think of it this way, if you say no, will you regret it for the rest of your life?
 

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Jon, I think you have an incredible opportunity in front of you! Personally I have always thought it would be awesome to take a job in another country. Opportunities like this don't present themselves too often, but also keep in mind that if it doesn't work out you can look for something else later. I think it sounds like a great chance to try something new & have a total change of scenery. Keep us all posted on what you decide to do, & good luck w/the interview! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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It does sound like a great opportunity & like someone said - you can always find something else if it doesn't work out.<br><br><br><br>
Munich is a lovely city, I went on a German Exchange while I was in school & I loved it there. Most places in Europe now tend to speak English (annoying if you want to practice the language though). German is also not too hard to learn IMO as it isn't grammatically too different to English (unlike French which reverses sentences etc).<br><br><br><br>
We also visited the alps which were lovely. I was only a vegetarian when I visited, but Munich is the capital of Bavaria which is quite a meat-eating area. I don't know if that has improved since I visited (probably 7/8 years ago). I was mainly eating salad, chips & omlettes in most places. Sometimes pasta etc. I have no idea how vegan friendly it would be. Just from a practical point of view! They have a great revolving restaurant though!!<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by LadyFaile</i><br><br><b>think of it this way, if you say no, will you regret it for the rest of your life?</b></div>
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Its definately a bit of a rarity as every other job in Munich (and Europe) I've seen advertised require fluent language skills. I really want to work in mainland Europe at some point, and this does seem like the ideal opportunity to do it. Being 36 and currently single in many ways it might be my last few years to start this kind of opportunity. So, yes I think I probably would regret it.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by KC Kid</i><br><br><b>Which company?</b></div>
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Should I say? Is this sort of thing confidential? Not sure. Motorola.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Michael</i><br><br><b>I think Motorola is headquartered in northern Illinois, not too far from me.</b></div>
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I think you're right. Is it in Schaumburg? (or as Babelfish keeps translating it from German as, Foam Castle?)
 
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