Personal Success Stories
Over 500 professionals from around the globe have successfully started their new jobs in Germany through us. Each of these sample true stories from our professionals is unique. And sometimes, as you will see, it took extra effort for a happy ending.
Marzia – Midwife from Turin/ Marzia – Ostetrica da Torino
If I had to choose again, I would still choose CAPITALENT MEDICAL, because of the language course, which was excellent thanks to Tamara, the German teacher. Tamara was always prepared, punctual and stimulating, she did anything she could for us, even things which went beyond her regular duties, permitting a better integration in the German culture for all of us… Ferrero, Midwife, University of Turin
Se dovessi tornare indietro ripartirei di nuovo con Capitalent, perché il corso è stato ottimo grazie a Tamara, sempre preparata, puntuale,
propositiva; ha fatto di tutto per noi, anche cose che non le spettavano e ha permesso una migliore integrazione nella cultura tedesca… M. Ferrero, Ostetrica, Università degli Studi di Torino
Irene – Midwife from Rom/Irene – Ostetrica da Roma
I am very happy about the conscious decision that I made concerning my experience in Germany. I didn’t think that I could count so much on myself and that I could get in the game at this level. I got to know wonderful people, with whom I shared so much, in particular Tamara, the competent and compelling German teacher. After all, it was an adventure… Giammarioni, Midwife, University of Rom “La Sapienza”
Sono molto contenta della scelta consapevole che ho fatto nella mia vita. Non pensavo di poter contare così tanto su me stessa e di mettermi così tanto in gioco. Ho conosciuto persone fantastiche, con cui ho condiviso tanto, fra tutti Tamara, insegnante valida e capace. In fin dei conti è stata un’avventura… Giammarioni, Ostetrica, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”
Silvia – Midwife from Udine/ Silvia – Ostetrica da Udine
A few months ago, on the 1. September 2017, one exact year had passed from the moment in which I first arrived in Germany. Before coming, not only I had never visited Germany, but I had not even ever studied German at school. I felt it was impressive to realize how things changed after that first flight: I was now holding a B2 German certificate in my hands, I was working as a contracted midwife in a big hospital in Frankfurt am Main and I was living in a studio apartment nearby. And everything had started so randomly.
Sure enough, after my graduation I received an e-mail from my university tutor concerning CAPITALENT MEDICAL’s job proposal. Honestly, I had always seen myself working nearby my house, in Italy, but reading that offer made me curious. I had the opportunity to learn another language and to live and work abroad for a few years. Also, professionally speaking, the opportunity to see how a midwife works abroad was very appealing to me. So, I left. It wasn’t easy: the German course is certainly intense and, in six months, one has to reach a B2 level starting from zero. However, what is important to the company is that the girls (or boys) have the possibility to fully concentrate only on the study of the language during those six months. In fact, the company provided us an accommodation, it scheduled an appointment for us with a representative of the Commerzbank in order to open a German bank account and it accompanied us during the process of the Annerkennung, which is the document necessary to work in Germany as a midwife or as a nurse. Obviously, the company itself also organized the job interviews with the different hospitals during the language course. Surely, one has to consider the possibility to encounter some bureaucratic problems or unexpected inconveniences, which may always occur. For example, I was part of the first group of Italian midwives coming to Germany with CAPITALENT MEDICAL, so at the time there was the matter of finding an accommodation and a valid language teacher. These are problems that I don’t think that the following group has experienced, since they simply replaced us in the apartment and they were assigned the German teacher that, in the end, we had chosen.
In the end I can state that the six months of language course have been positive, particularly considering the results obtained in such a short period of time, and especially that the work experience that I am currently living in this hospital is stimulating. I think that this kind of experience is particularly indicated for boys and girls who want to put themselves on the line and try to breath and live, even only for a short period of time, a different life from the one you’re used to. S. Vincelli, Midwife, University of Udine
Qualche mese fa, il 1° settembre 2017, era passato un anno esatto da quando avevo messo piede per la prima volta in Germania. Non solo non ci ero mai stata prima, ma non avevo neppure mai studiato il tedesco a scuola. Mi fece impressione realizzare che dopo un anno da quel primo volo mi trovavo con un B2 di tedesco, un contratto come ostetrica presso un grande ospedale di Francoforte e un monolocale a pochi passi dove vivere. E il tutto era iniziato in maniera casuale.
Dopo la mia laurea infatti mi era arrivata tramite la tutor universitaria una mail con illustrata la proposta di CapitalentMedical. Sinceramente mi ero sempre figurata di lavorare vicino a casa, in Italia, ma leggendo di quella possibilità mi sono in parte ricreduta. Avevo l’opportunità di imparare una nuova lingua e vivere e lavorare all’estero per qualche anno. Anche dal punto di vista professionale trovavo molto stimolante poter vedere com’era la realtà delle ostetriche oltre confine. Così sono partita. Non è di certo un percorso facile: il corso di tedesco è ovviamente intensivo e in sei mesi bisogna passare da un livello di lingua inesistente a un B2. Quello che però ha a cuore l’Agenzia è che le ragazze possano durante i sei mesi di corso concentrarsi solo sullo studio. Ci è stato infatti offerto l’alloggio, abbiamo avuto un incontro con un rappresentate della Commerzbank per farci aprire un conto e siamo state poi affiancate per la preparazione dell’Anerkennung, un attestato che serve per lavorare a pieno titolo come ostetrica (o infermiera) nella regione tedesca dove ne si fa richiesta. Ovviamente è stata poi la stessa Agenzia a organizzare i colloqui di lavoro con i diversi ospedali durante i sei mesi di corso. Bisogna naturalmente mettere anche in conto problemi burocratici o disguidi che possono sempre capitare all’ultimo. Personalmente per esempio ho fatto parte del primo gruppo di ostetriche italiane per cui Capitalent organizzava un corso di tedesco a Francoforte. Vi era dunque il problema di trovare un alloggio e ovviamente un qualificato corso di tedesco. Problemi che non credo abbiano avuto le ragazze che sono arrivate dopo di noi, dato che si sono trovate gli alloggi dove noi avevamo vissuto e l’insegnante di tedesco che alla fine noi avevamo scelto. Posso comunque affermare che i sei mesi di corso, considerando come ho detto i risultati avuti in breve tempo, siano stati positivi e soprattutto che l’esperienza che sto vivendo in ospedale attualmente sia stimolante. Credo che sia particolarmente adatta a ragazze che hanno voglia di mettersi in gioco e di provare un po’ a respirare e vivere, anche solo per un certo periodo, una vita diversa da quella di casa. Vincelli, Ostetrica, Università degli Studi di Udine
Alma from Madrid, Spain
Obstacles on my journey
My name is Alma. I was born in 1992 in Madrid. I am a self-confident, adventurous person who wants to learn new skills every day. I was happy with what I had achieved so far – but I wanted to achieve more with my life. One of my goals was to study abroad to developing my personality, to learn a new language, to experience a new culture, and also to advance my career.
I was working as an intern in the university hospital Gregorio Marañón in Spain when one day I saw an advertisement by CAPITALENT MEDICAL offering students from Spain a dual nursing degree in Frankfurt. I discussed this opportunity thoroughly with my parents and then decided to apply for it.
Up to that point in time I had actually never thought of learning German. Ever since I was little, I had focused on learning English and French. Nevertheless, this offer seemed to be a one-time chance and I was all for it – even if it meant learning a language that I had never considered before.
CAPITALENT MEDICAL organized the language class for me and also an internship in a hospital in Frankfurt. This way I was able to find out beforehand if I would feel happy in my new work environment in Germany – and I loved it!
But then a huge disappointment hit me. Due to some formal requirements of the hospital the nursing class had to be cancelled. I was utterly shocked! I asked CAPITALENT MEDICAL whether there is any other chance for me to go to nursing school in Germany. The team at CAPITALENT MEDICAL did everything they could do for me to make it happen. … and boy, were there obstacles to overcome! The recognition of my high school diploma for example was really difficult to obtain. But we managed to get it. Thanks to CAPITALENT MEDICAL I was still able to start a nursing degree in Germany.
Earlier than we had planned, I passed the B2 language exam and came to Germany. Why wait in Spain? In this way I was able to settle in my new environment earlier. While waiting for school to start, I worked as an intern at CAPITALENT MEDICAL. That was a great chance for me to put my newly acquired language skills into practice. Plus, it was really fun to support other Spanish applicants on their way to Germany.
I feel great here in Germany. I like the city of Frankfurt and the people around me. There are a lot of leisure opportunities in this area and the university hospital, where I had worked as an intern, has a lot to offer. I learn a lot here and I get along very well with my colleagues and fellow students.
I also appreciate how close Frankfurt is to Spain. I can visit my family and friends back home on a regular basis. In fact, a few weeks ago I flew over to surprise my mum on her birthday. She was so happy to see me!
Nursing school is quite challenging to me, because I have to learn all the technical terms in German. But I like it and I am optimistic that I will pass my exams.
In the beginning it might seem impossible for you to learn German in only six months, then move to Germany and immediately start working there. But if you really want to succeed, you can do it – especially with all the support CAPITALENT MEDICAL provides. They have helped me with everything. They have made the whole process so much easier for me.
After I graduate I would like to stay in Germany for a few more years and to continue working here. And then I would like to move on to another country and get to know another culture. Switzerland sounds interesting to me. Further in the future I imagine myself working in a developing country as a voluntary nurse.
You see, there is still plenty for me to achieve. But I do know one thing: If you really want something, you can do it!
Juan from Galicia, Spain
How my short-term visit turned into long-term employment
When I had first arrived in Germany, I had reached where I wanted to be – geographically, but not professionally. I worked in Bad Wildungen, a city in the North of Hesse, for a couple of months. Unfortunately though, the tasks I had been assigned to were not what I was looking for. So I quit and went back to Spain. But my plan was to return to Germany as soon as I find a new job there.
That is when I applied to CAPITALENT MEDICAL. Their service sounded like a good opportunity for me. CAPITALENT MEDICAL organized an interview for me and a “Hospitanz” (work on a trial basis for one day) in a hospital in Germany. I boarded the plane to Frankfurt with only a small bag, thinking that I would only be staying for two days. Those two days turned into 11 months and counting!
My interview and the Hospitanz went really well. The hospital offered me a work contract right away, starting that same week – and my assignment includes the more technical tasks that I was looking for! I did not hesitate for a second and stayed. I was so happy!
I am working now in the cardiac catheter laboratory and I love it. I especially like how friendly my colleagues treat me. They help me a lot with my language.
CAPITALENT MEDICAL has been supporting me all along and they found the employment I always wanted. I am very grateful for that.
Naturally, I am still facing a long learning process. Every day there are new obstacles to overcome, but I am moving forward step by step.
Maria from Ciudad Real, Spain
An interrupted journey resumed
Maria is one of 14 Spanish nurses who joined our language course in 2013 in Madrid. After passing the course they were all expected to start working in a large hospital in Frankfurt.
But then Maria and three of her fellow students failed the language exam. Just as it appears that they were reaching the final stretch of their dream, their journey was interrupted! While waiting for the ladies to repeat the exam, the employer in Germany had to withdraw the work offer. All four ladies passed the exam in the second attempt – but the original job opportunities were gone.
However, that setback did not reduce their determination. Maria, a former European champion in karate, did not let this deter her. She came to Germany – and so did her three fellow nurses.
At that time, though CAPITALENT MEDICAL had not had other vacancies to offer to them. We needed to find new positions for them quickly! In the meantime, we found private accommodation for the four girls, so that they could save their money until they find new jobs.
They were very happy when after a short while we found a hospital in Wiesbaden that was interested in hiring all four of them. There was only one more thing that needed to be done: Helping them buy furniture for their new accommodation at the hospital dormitory for nurses. We organized a car and drove them to IKEA where they found everything they needed for a promising start. We continue to hear from Maria and her friends on a regular basis and we are happy to report that they are enjoying their new jobs!
Cristina from Jujuy, Argentina
Halfway around the world
In February 2013, I met the CAPITALENT MEDICAL team in Madrid for my interview.
I am originally from Argentina. My plan was to work as a nurse in Spain. I had several years of work experience and my degree had been officially recognized in Spain. I thought, since I am a native Spanish speaker it would be easy for me to find a job in Spain. But I was so wrong. I tried to find a job there for months. My foreign nationality turned out to be an additional obstacle – even though the language was the same.
CAPITALENT MEDICAL’s offer was a huge chance for me to finally find a job in my chosen profession and to stay in Europe. And I knew a little about Germany already. Back in Argentina I had worked in a German hospital.
The problem though was that CAPITALENT MEDICAL’s opportunity was specifically designed for Spanish nurses. Despite that, they gave me a chance.
While I was learning German with the other Spanish participants in Madrid, CAPITALENT MEDICAL went through all the procedures for me to allow me to start working in Germany. Applicants from countries outside the EU have to go through a lot more stressful legal layers.
Luckily, everything worked out fine. CAPITALENT MEDICAL was able to get me a work permit and found a job for me. My way to Germany was cleared!
Since January 2013 I have been working in a reputable hospital in the state of Hesse. I first started in the gynecological ward, but after a short while I was able to change to my absolutely favorite ward: the maternity ward!
Tania from Madrid, Spain
Finally, I am where I want to be
I took the first step abroad on my own. I had enough of all the frustration with looking for a job in Spain. All there was in Spain was short-term assignments as a temporary worker, covering a few months at best – if you were lucky to find one at all.
So, I searched for jobs in Germany. I found one in a home nursing service. I signed up for a German class that I visited after my shifts. I was able to learn the new language quite easily and I was really happy to have found the job. But to be honest, I did not feel fine there. Despite my university degree, I was working only as an assistant nurse – and not in a hospital, but in geriatric care.
The B1 language certificate I had obtained was not sufficient enough for the recognition of my degree and my employer did not offer me any good future prospects. I was longing for a job that fit my qualifications better and includes a greater scope of responsibilities. That was when CAPITALENT MEDICAL caught my attention:
CAPITALENT MEDICAL invited me to an interview and they also organized a one-day work trial in a large hospital for me. It was the perfect match! I liked the work environment and my new colleagues. And they like me and my work, too. The employer was very happy with me.
It took only 14 days from my initial application to CAPITALENT MEDICAL to signing my new work contract! In addition, CAPITALENT MEDICAL organized a German language teacher for me. My classes took place in CAPITALENT MEDICAL’s office in Frankfurt. After a few months I passed the exam B1 Pflege – as required for the professional recognition in Hesse.
Since October 2014 I have been working as a nurse in the oncology ward. In December 2014 my work contract got transferred to a direct contract between me and the hospital. Finally, I am where I wanted to be!