HOW TO GET AHEAD: WORKING ABROAD ... FRANKFURT - This city is probably like your boss - efficient and orderly with a dark side

Frankfurt competes with Dusseldorf for the position of Germany’s media powerhouse. It’s certainly the country’s banking capital and has ambitions to be Europe’s as well, according to Sean Pattison, director of strategic planning at Universal Media.

Frankfurt competes with Dusseldorf for the position of Germany’s

media powerhouse. It’s certainly the country’s banking capital and has

ambitions to be Europe’s as well, according to Sean Pattison, director

of strategic planning at Universal Media.



’Frankfurt is sometimes known as ’Mainhatten’, because of the river and

the fact that it has a few skyscrapers. I admit it’s not Germany’s most

beautiful or interesting city, but it must be the richest. Around

650,000 people live here and the number swells to 1.5 million each day

as the commuters flood in.



’But although it’s busy, it’s very clean and orderly. One day recently

there were piles of fallen leaves in our street, and the next there

wasn’t a single leaf. It was surreal. There are exceptions, though.

Around Central Station there are loads of junkies. Scenes like this

offer a stark contrast between wealth and squalor.



’The city lacks a real centre. But you can have some fun in Saxonhausen

on the other side of the river, where there are plenty of pubs and

restaurants.



’You don’t need to speak German to work here, but it’s polite to be able

to say at least a few words. The Germans are proud of their language,

but they aren’t as precious about it as the French and actually enjoy

practising their English. Generally they’re very direct in business and,

of course, detail is everything.’



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