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My route to professional recognition

Success stories


Foreign skilled workers talk about their own personal employment histories


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Samad Hamuch

Recognition as electronics technician specialising in automation technology

Samad Hamuch risked it all. He gave up his training in Germany and applied successfully for recognition as an electronics technician specialising in automation technology. Today he is completely in his element.

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Ammar Allaham

Recognition as dental technician

It was a real culture shock for Ammar Allaham when he arrived in Germany. However, this friendly Syrian overcame all adversity and is now working as a dental technician once again.

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Tarek Khouli

Recognition as industrial mechanic

Recognised and truly arrived – Tarek Khouli now works as an industrial mechanic and is fully integrated into his company. After fleeing Syria, he is now also very much at home in Germany in his private life.

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Kibrom Gebreyesus

Recognition as industrial mechanic

Kibrom Gebreyesus was able to complete a skills analysis to show that the training he received in his home country of Eritrea is equivalent to the German occupation of industrial mechanic. This meant that an absence of certificates and documentation did not present any obstacle to obtaining recognition for his vocational qualification.

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Andelina Budimir

Recognition as physiotherapist

The trained physiotherapist Andelina Budimir left her home country of Croatia in 2014 in order to seek out new professional opportunities in Germany. She obtained full recognition of her qualification in January 2016 and is permanently employed at the Hamburg-Eppendorf University Clinic.

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Eric Appiah

Recognition as electronics technician

Eric Appiah is from Ghana and came to Germany in 2014. He started out as an auxiliary worker but advanced within the company to become a skilled worker once he had obtained recognition for his vocational qualification.


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Shengyul Abazova

Recognition as accountant

Shengyul Abazova came to Germany in 2013 in possession of a diploma in Office Management and 15 years of occupational experience. Following two language courses, recognition and upgrading training she now works as an accountant.

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Faisal Hamdo

Recognition as physiotherapist

Faisal Hamdo left Syria in 2014 to escape the war in his country. He built a new life for himself in Germany and now has a permanent contract as a physiotherapist at the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf.

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Salam Omer Mussttaf Al-Gailani

Recognition as psychologist

Salam Omer Mussttaf Al-Gailani came to Germany from Iraq in 2014 as a refugee. The assessment of his Bachelor degree helped him to realise his dream of working as a psychologist.

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Bashkim Maksutaj

Recognition as motor vehicle mechatronics technician

Bashkim Maksutaj moved to Kiel in November 2016, where his wife was already living. Just one year later the Kosovo-trained motor vehicle mechatronics technician obtained full recognition.

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Amir Hossein Welk

Recognition as engineer

Iranian-born Amir Hossein left his home country and fled to Germany in 2014. In November 2015, he obtained recognition of his engineering degree.

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Olga Gotjur

Recognition as teacher

Olga Gotjur is a teacher of German and English who came to Germany from the Ukraine at the beginning of 2015. It only took Olga a few months to obtain a positive recognition notice, and she now teaches at the Johannes Kepler Community School in Mannheim.

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Shih-Yen Bayer

Recognition as nursery school teacher

Taiwanese-born Shih-Yen Bayer arrived in Germany in 2014. After completing adaptation training at a child daycare centre, she received full recognition as a nursery teacher. She now works at a nursery school in Kehl.

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Jigar Hasso

Recognition as cook

Jigar Hasso is a trained cook who fled to Germany from Syria in 2013. In 2015, he obtained recognition of his vocational qualification via a skills analysis.

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Alaa Kheralah

Recognition as dental technician

Alaa Kheralah arrived in Germany as a refugee from Syria in October 2014. He received recognition for his dental technician training completed in Jordan as early as January 2015.

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Lidiia Skurat

Recognition as registered general nurse

Lidiia Skurat, a registered general nurse, arrived in Germany in 2013. She was without a job here initially—but thanks to recognition she's now working again on a full-time basis in her occupation.

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Wessal Alkhalil

Recognition as dental technician

In Syria she managed her own dental laboratory with six employees. Having fled her native country for Germany, she completed a skills analysis as well as refresher training, and today she is once again working in her profession.

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Margareta Marek

Recognition as sewage engineering technician

In Poland, Margareta Marek was a trained environmental protection engineer. In Germany, she was a single mother with no training and without a job. Today, the 34-year-old is once again working in her profession—all thanks to the Recognition Act.

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Ana Poli is currently working as a registered general nurse

Ana Poli

Recognition as Registered general nurse

 In 2013, Greek-trained nurse Ana Poli decided to seek a new professional career in Germany. To begin with, she was only able to work as a non-recognised nursing assistant. Now, however, her qualification has been officially recognised and she is employed as a fully qualified nurse in a leading university hospital.

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Nelson Safaissou

Recognition as doctor of medicine

Nelson Safaissou, born in Cameroon, received approbation as a doctor back in October 2013. Today he is working in the gynaecology department at a hospital in Leisnig, Saxony.

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Tayfun Tombul

Recognition as motor vehicle body and vehicle construction mechanic

Tayfun Tombul came from Turkey in 2011 to live with his wife here in Berlin. After taking adaptation training in the context of the recognition procedure, he obtained full recognition of his Turkish training qualification as a motor vehicle body and vehicle construction mechanic. 

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Azem Ceka now works as a car varnisher in Germany

Azem Ceka

Recognition as Car varnisher

Azem Ceka is a car varnisher who came to Germany in 1998. He worked as a salaried employee before starting his own business. Recognition has enabled him to acquire a master craftsman qualification.

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Esther Wamala-Bollig

Recognition as nurse

Esther Wamala-Bollig moved to Germany with her husband in 2011. Trained in Jinja, Uganda as a nurse and midwife, she received full recognition as a registered general nurse after one and a half years. 

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Michelle Anged Monteu recognition as doctor

Michelle Ange Monteu

Recognition as doctor of medicine

Michelle Ange Monteu (33) came to Germany from Mali because of love. Today she works as a successful doctor in Baden-Württemberg.

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Harvey Rawlings

Recognition as vehicle mechatronics technician

When Englishman Harvey Rawlings arrived in Germany in 2011, he worked to start with as a holiday worker. Following recognition of his training as a vehicle mechatronics technician, he found a position in line with the qualification he had trained in.

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Christian Giordano

Recognition as a surveying technician

Christian Giordano came to Germany four years ago. He learned about the possibility of obtaining recognition at a Job Centre and today works as a surveying technician and architectural draughtsman at an engineering Company.

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Fernando Llusiá de Castro

Recognition as construction engineer

Fernando Llusiá de Castro came to Germany in October 2014 having failed to secure a job in Spain upon completion of his degree studies in Civil Engineering. Thanks to the recognition of his qualification, he has been working as a construction engineer in Bad Düben since October 2015.

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Alberto Garcia

Alberto García

Recognition as nurse

Alberto Garcia, who was trained as a registered nurse in Spain, could not work in his profession without official recognition. Since Garcia has received his letter of recognition, he has been working as a health care worker and nurse in Baden-Württemberg and receives remuneration appropriate to his qualification.

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Giusi Frazzetta

Recognition as children's nurse

Giusi Frazzetta worked below her actual qualifications for over a year as a healthcare assistant. After recognition of her Italian credentials she assumed more responsibility as a Nurse.

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Laila Alim

Laila Alim

Recognition as nurse

Laila Alim (51) from Helmand (Afghanistan) works in Hamburg as a registered general Nurse.

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Łukasz Wesołowski

Recognition as electronics technician for motors and drive technology

Łukasz Wesołowskis Polish certification as an electromechanical technician was only partially approved at first. After completing an adaptation course, Mr Wesołowski received full recognition as an electronics technician for motors and drive technology.

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Fares Schammas

Recognition as joiner

Fares Schammas from Syria applied for asylum in Germany in 2001. Having initially done a lot of temporary casual jobs, since 2015 he has been able to work as a joiner, the occupation in which he trained. 

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Yanina Ketzelman

Recognition as dentist

Yanina Ketzelman was successful as an orthodontist in Argentina. The recognition procedure secured her licence to practice here. And so she can now permanently pursue her career in Germany as well.

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Christine Schuller

Recognition as agent in office communication

Just one month after submitting her application, Christine Schuller held her certificate of recognition in her hands. Now she is working in Germany in the profession she trained for in Romania.

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Emma Jover Garcia

Emma Jover García

Certificate evaluation

Because there is no standard recognition procedure for the occupation of ‘political scientist’, Emma Jover García (40) was absolutely delighted to receive official certificate evaluation of her degree qualification.

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Giusi Frazzetta

Recognition as children's nurse

Giusi Frazzetta worked below her actual qualifications for over a year as a healthcare assistant. After recognition of her Italian credentials she assumed more responsibility as a Nurse.

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Judith Yawa Aggor-Edorh

Recognition as custom tailor

Judith Yawa Aggor-Edorh has lived in Germany since 2004. She has started a family here and also obtained recognition for her Ghanean qualification in order to be able to work as a custom tailor. 

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Ümit K.

Recognition as industrial mechanic

The industrial mechanic Ümit K. (33) came to Germany aged 20. He has recently used the new legal opportunities available to him to obtain recognition for his training and immediately got an attractive job.

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Susanna Kenetti recognition as optician

Susanna Kenetti

Recognition as an optician

Susanna Kenetti (44) is a qualified optician from Finland. She obtained recognition of her professional qualification in February 2013.

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Gaspare Marulli

Recognition as Industrial mechanic

The Italian Gaspare Marulli (36) has been living in Germany since 2012. Because his many years of professional experience were taken into account, he received full recognition as an industrial mechanic straight away.

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Josip Vukoje

Recognition as Master craftsman installer and heating fitter

When he arrived in Germany in 2005, the Recognition Act did not exist. He was not able to have his Croatian training as plant mechanic for sanitary, heating and air conditioning systems or his status as master craftsman recognised. He therefore worked at a level beneath his qualification for a long time.

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Keivan Daneshvar

Keivan Daneshvar

Recognition as doctor of medicine

Keivan Daneshvar (42) from Iran works as a senior physician in the field of radiology in Frankfurt.

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