As I write this I have been here for 7 days and gosh things are working out fast for me. Faster than I had ever imagined. So, let me just brief you on my latest few weeks so you understand how great this is. Sorry for spelling errors - to me the content is more important.
|My website - a screenshot taken on the last day I had it.|
I have been dreaming about moving to Berlin for a long time and figured that this was the perfect time to move past my comfort zone and go all in and move to a new country and find a job there. I decided to use my unemployment insurance (in Denmark we call it A-kasse) and close my company. I had learned from friends that you can take 3 months unemployment benefit with you to another EU country while you apply for jobs there - now that was perfect! Dadaaaa, and then the surprise came at my meeting with the A-kasse!
|Help! What should I do - Call 112!|
"Punished" for being creative!
They also know I write music, as I have released some songs, so they said that I was only allowed to spend max 15 hours per week on writing music and singing and this would be deducted from my monthly pay! I would have to inform them every month of how much time I had used on this. I cannot stop writing music and singing because I am on A-kasse and applying for jobs. I love to sing and play music and often do this at night - in my free time! But, in the A-kasse they don't care if it is in your free time. It still counts and you are paid a lot less in your benefit. I would not be able to live of this amount at all! I asked if it also counted if I sang in the bath and she said - theoretically yes! So, this meant that if I played by the rules I could not afford to write music OR sing in my free time.
I felt totally misplaced and punished for being creative. I get so much energy from writing music - energy which I can use on applying for a job and being a valuable asset for an employer during working hours.
I felt my new found freedom vanishing through my fingers faster than I could blink. I felt trapped! I felt all energy get drained from my body and I felt that for me this unemployment benefit insurance I had been paying for for the past two years was a total waste. I thought, and thought, and thought some more and talked to many people. Almost everyone told me to wait in Denmark until the end of November and take my benefit with me ... it was the beginning of October and I was aching to get on with my life! 7 weeks of waiting was unbearable!
Now comes the battle between the brain and the heart. I felt so strongly that I should quit the A-kasse, as it held me back. To some of you this may sound crazy, but I have always had this deep belief that I would manage no matter what situation I was put in. I am a fighter and I do not give up. I have taken charge of my life and I am not too "this or that" to take on any form of job (yes, I have done cleaning, too), so I felt confident I would get a job one way or the other. I would keep searching 'till I had one. My heart (intuition or gut-feeling) was telling me to "dive right in" and quit the A-kasse. The thought made me so full of energy and so free and I felt this bubbly feeling in my stomach every time I thought about it. I thought about this for at least 2 week before I made my decision!
Like most of you, my mind has been coded to expect that the very worst may happen to us if we don't do this and that prevent it. A quick risk analysis said: "Damn, there is a lot of unemployment around and you have been paying your insurance for so long. Don't throw all that money down the drain. Don't throw this safety net away. Hang on to it and stay here in Denmark and apply for jobs that you don't want for the next 7 weeks and just wait. Some people told me to just go to Germany and f.. the system, but I cannot do it! I am a very honest and ethical person and it would go against every bone in my body to pretend I was in Denmark when I was in fact in Germany. I would not be able to enjoy it. Damn... it would bring about a lot of bad karma! ;)
The big decision was made!
|This was what I got out of my unemployment insurance - a pen!|
Just do it!
On the 12th of October I booked my ticket for Berlin for the 22nd of October. I knew I had to do it or else I could keep on waiting for "the right" moment to come.... and when is the right moment?
I had heard about the German company Zalando and happened to coincidentally met up with a friend from Germany back in Copenhagen who worked there. I had no idea she did! I asked her how it was and she loved it. I got an email to HR and decided to send them and application within the next week.
My first (and only) job application is sent
On the 16th of October I sent my application to Zalando and three hours later they called me for an interview. That was fast! I was so fortunate that I had already booked my ticket for Berlin, so we could have the interview face-to-face and not online over Skype. How lucky was that! Then I could also feel the vibe of the place.
Off to Berlin
On the 22nd of October I was on my way to Berlin with a job interview but no flat. You can read more about how that felt in my first blog post. I just felt I had to be here to sort things out. It is so much more easy to find jobs and flats when you are in the country. Also you meet people who often have tips for you or happen to know the right person.
The job interview
|The road sign next to Zalando HQ|
I have to tell you something I find rather funky! Zalando lies next to Kopenhagener Strasse here in Berlin ;) I laughed at that. I leave Copenhagen to start a new life in Berlin and end up next to that street for my first interview!
Am I in or am I out?
On Friday the 26th (only two days after my interview) I felt that I was stuck again and that made me feel down. Without a job I could not find a flat and I had to wait another 5 days for an answer from Zalando! Gosh, I am not good at waiting that long when I am ready for action!
Zalando called me back already at 3pm on Friday the 26th and offered me the job! Wohoo, I was so so so SO happy. I jumped up with my hands in the air and felt so ecstatic. Then the most amazing calm feeling washed in over my body just to be replaced with a huge amount of energy again and so it went on! I am really looking forward to working there from the 1st of November.
|Zalando HQ in Berlin - a huge old Electrical factory.|
We went to Due Forni (Prenzlauer Berg) after and man they serve a good Italian Pizza. It had such a great atmosphere and was packed with people. Go check it out if you get here. I was told it is one of the best places for Italian nosh!
|Caught my reflection in Hackesher Markt|
Enjoy your day and I'll keep ya posted!