Goetz was quite capable to start his own business after working with master Dominal as journeyman for two years however, he wanted to learn more skills to round out his personal artistic goals, and they were many. With workbook and suitcase in hand, Goetz left his birthplace of Augsburg on June 27, 1895 traveling a short distance, northeast, to Dresden.
A journeyman carried his Arbeitsbuch (Workbook), as seen to the right, while traveling and working in order to document where he had been, who he had worked for, what position he held, and for how long. Goetz' personal Arbeitbuch shows a very busy and productive nine year period between working in Augsburg and starting his business in Munich. Let's take a look.
As mentioned above, Goetz first traveled to Dresden where he secured a job with Cohne & Northman as a graveur's assistant until November 2, 1895. At this time he quickly relocated to Leipzig and began working for Hugo Kuntze . Here, too, he worked for the Graveur as a graveur assistant until June of 1896. Off again, this time to Berlin to work for F.C.Wahl. Goetz spent nearly a year and a half as graveur assisstant with Wahl perhaps to allow himself the valuable sculpting instruction under Professor Max Kruse, sculptor at the Royal Academy of Arts, and figure drawing from fine art painter Schmidt. Goetz also began taking French language lessons in preparation for his goal to work in Paris.