๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช The mini-job (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช der Minijob)

โ€ข Introduction

Foreign doctors could work before getting a German medical license (either the permanent one; die Approbation or the temporary one; die Berufserlaubnis). We expalined the deatils and the advantages/disadvantages in the following article:

โ€ข The Mini-job (der Minijob)

The mini-job is a job that allows your to work for a limited number of hours (only 10 hours per week). This is why it is called a “mini”-job.

โ€ข Is working in a mini-job always possible?

Not always. It depends on your nationality and the type of visa you have.

Citizens of the ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA)Rest of the world
Always possible
(Possibly too, they can work in full time. We are trying to research this. Do you have any Information?)
If you happened to have a visa that allows you to work and earn money (16 d Visa), then you should discuss that firstly with the foreigners office (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช die Auslรคnderbehรถrde).

โ€ข In a mini-job, for how many hours can I work per week?

This depends on whether the job is related to medicine or not:

Job related to medicineJob not related to medicine
(of course, general laws regarding to the duration of work would apply ๐Ÿ˜… You cannot work for example for 100 hours per week ๐Ÿ˜…)
Up to 10 hours per weeks

The source is official:

Source: Visa hand book (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช das Visumhandbuch) (link to the visa handbook) (link to an article talking about it)

โ€ข Examples of medical jobs

  • Surgical assistants (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช der OP-Helfer): This job is mostly done by medical students
  • Beds and patients transporter (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช der Bettentransporter): That’s mostly what paramedics do when patients have to be transported. You’d have to complete a short course at the Red Cross for that. But you’re allowed to push empty beds for disinfection or to bed storage.
  • Food distributors in hosptial: Sometimes they are need. You have to take a short course with the local health department on proper food handling, but it’s not difficult.

โ€ข Exampls of non-medical jobs

โ€ข Working as a delivery man in apps like Liferando and Uber eat. Here you will improve your cardiovascular health rather than your German ๐Ÿ˜…

โ€ข Working in amazon warehouses: But you will be often working in packing and unpacking. Here you will be not imporoving your German a lot and the working conditions are usually hard.๐Ÿ˜Œ

โ€ข Festivals in catering companies

โ€ข … Do you know other possible jobs?

โ€ข How to find such job offers?

Through jobs search engines (like Indeed and Meinestadt.de) and you can find such jobs. Here is a link to jobs as a surgical assistant and this link to jobs as a transporter.

โ€ข What is your experience with the mini-job?

Do you know a doctor who was able to work in medical or non-medical jobs?

โ€ข This article was written with help from Mr. Teddy Kabel, admin of the largest English group for foreing doctors in Germany. Vielen Dank ๐Ÿ™‚

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