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My route to professional recognition

Success stories


Foreign skilled workers talk about their own personal employment histories

Examples from Practice


Samad Hamuch

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

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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Kibrom Gebreyesus

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

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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Tarek Khouli

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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Eric Appiah

Electronics technician - specialism of energy and building technology

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

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

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

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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Olga Gotjur

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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Bashkim Maksutaj

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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Shih-Yen Bayer

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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Lidiia Skurat

Gesundheits- und Krankenpflegerin

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

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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Amir Hossein Welk

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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Jigar Hasso

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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Harvey Rawlings

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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Laila Alim

Registered general nurse

Laila Alim came to Germany from Afghanistan already in 1985. Following some detours, she now works as a registered general nurse in home care.

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Christian Giordano

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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Alberto García

Registered 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

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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Josip Vukoje

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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Łukasz Wesołowski

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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Yanina Ketzelman

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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Azem Ceka

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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Nelson Safaissou

Doctor of Medicine (Approbation)

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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Margareta Marek

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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Gaspare Marulli

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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Ana Poli

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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Alaa Kheralah

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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Fares Schammas

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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Judith Yawa Aggor-Edorh

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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Tayfun Tombul

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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Christine Schuller

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 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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Esther Wamala-Bollig

Registered general 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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Fernando Llusiá de Castro

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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Keivan Daneshvar

Doctor of Medicine (Approbation)

The 2012 law for recognising foreign occupational qualifications was the proverbial lifesaver for the Iranian physician Keivan Daneshvar after a five-year struggle of navigating the jungle of bureaucracy in Germany. The law finally provided the legal basis for third country nationals to obtain approbation as a doctor of medicine.

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Shih-Yen Bayer

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.

Olga Gotjur

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.