Relocating to trivago: Jess King
Starting a new job can be daunting at the best of times. When you move to an unfamiliar and foreign land for your new job, you need all the support you can get. We caught up with Jessica King, a Software Engineer from the US, who joined us in 2016, to find out more about her move to Germany.
Life at trivago: Hi Jess! When did you first join trivago? and what were your previous experiences working abroad?
Jessica King: I joined trivago about 2 years ago, in February 2016. The previous experiences I had working abroad were some freelance jobs, and also working for another German company in an office before too.
Lat: What appealed to you about working at trivago?
JK: I had a co-worker at an agency who ended up moving to trivago, he reached out to me after the move and was really excited about the work he was doing. So I applied, and I found the interview questions really, really interesting and the people who interviewed me were really cool. When I came to see everything I just loved it.
Lat: How was the transition process? How did you settle into your new environment?
JK: For me the transition was fairly easy. It was mostly just the bureaucratic stuff that happens when you move to a new country. I don’t actually live in Düsseldorf, I live very close in Cologne, which is my favourite city in Germany. I am pretty happy and I have a lot of friends in both cities.
Lat: How did trivago help you with the move?
JK: They helped me a lot. they set up all my appointments at the immigration office and actually sent someone out from Talents & Organization out there to meet me just in case there were any translation problems or things I didn’t understand. I basically had someone there who could help me and guide me through the process at every step to make sure it all went smoothly.
Lat: What has been the biggest learning for you since moving from trivago?
JK: It is a really personal experience i think, moving to another country. I think it’s different for everybody, but one of the biggest things I learnt was to be a lot more self-reliant becasue I don’t have any family out here, but overall, it has made me a better person.
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