Working at a Cafe in Hamburg
DONE BY: Natassia Walley | St Ann's '16 | Stanford '21
HOW OPPORTUNITY WAS FOUND:
I used the website wggesucht.de to find an apartment. I opened my bank account at a local bank. I found my job by dropping off resumes at various cafes. I signed up for classes on the University of Hamburg website as a "guest student", and also consulted professionals that worked the department for those studying abroad. I found my research assistant job by emailing the English department chair.
LENGTH: 9 months
LOCATION: Hamburg, Germany
PERSONAL GROWTH: ★★★★★
DESCRIPTION OF WORK/ACTIVITIES DONE:
Going to work, working on the bibliographies of my professor, grocery shopping, cooking (often with friends), cleaning my room, my bathroom and the apartment kitchen, seeing my grandparents, aunt and cousins, going to bars and clubs on the weekend.
Be fearless! You will be rejected from cafes and bars if you've never worked in the service industry. Just be as friendly, outgoing and hardworking, and eventually someone will hire you. I started by washing dishes but quickly learned how to make coffee from coworkers and was promoted. Working in a team in a bar/cafe is a great way to make friends in a big, sometimes lonely city. If possible, don't overburden yourself with work and activities until you feel you've settled in and found friends.