Pursuing your Career as a Nurse
CAPITALENT MEDICAL is the right partner for you,
- if you have successfully completed a nursing degree, and if you have some work experience (at a minimum through internships)
- if you are passionate about your work
- if you are looking for a permanent work contract in the German health care sector
- if you speak German or are willing to learn German intensively
With our years of experience, we have found the most promising path to get you into a position that best fits your personal qualifications and needs. If your degree has already been officially recognized and certified in Germany, we will find for you the right position in the specific field you wish to work in.
If your degree is not yet been officially recognized in Germany, let us help you to accomplish this step. This way, we ensure that you start at the appropriate professional level right away.
Together, we will follow these steps:
- Start by sending us your application. Follow this link to find a specific vacancy and more.
- You will then be interviewed by us: We want to meet with you personally and give you the chance to ask us all your questions, face to face, even if this requires us to fly halfway around the globe.
- You then undergo one or more interviews with your potential future employers.
- If selected, you will attend a language course lasting five to six months (at least until level B1*) in your home country. Alternatively, if you already have some working knowledge of the German language, you may be asked to take shorter classes in Germany.
- While you are taking the language course, we will prepare for the degree recognition process.
- We will provide you with additional support throughout the whole process, such as helping you find housing, registering, banking and other such challenging situations.
- You will start work after completion of the above.
- If needed, you will take an additional language class up until the required language level (B2/ B1* for Nursing) in Germany.
- If your home country is not part of the European Union, you may have to undergo a training period in the hospital in the first six months of your employment.
- Last but not least: You receive your final language certification and recognition of your degree.
Important: The process is FREE of charge to you. Your future employer or CAPITALENT MEDICAL is paying for the language course. Furthermore, you will receive a stipend during the time of the language course. This allows you to fully concentrate on learning the language. Mastering the German language is a key success factor for your happiness in the new work environment and for your successful integration in Germany. In our system, you invest the necessary time and energy to successfully learn German – and we find for you the job of your dreams.
CAPITALENT MEDICAL takes care of all the necessary administrative procedures including your visa, work permit and residence permit.
Young professionals from within the European Union must pass through a standardized degree recognition process. Professionals from outside the European Union require case-to-case assessment for their degree recognition. Regardless of which process you will need to pass through, you will benefit from our significant experience that will allow you to pass these processes as quickly and as easily as possible!
We will lay out all the necessary foundational pieces for you to have the most successful start to your career in the German health care industry. We do this even before you arrive in Germany – this is another unique feature of CAPITALENT MEDICAL.
We will work hard to gain your trust and to individually support you throughout the whole process. You can rely on us.
Whether you already live in Germany or abroad, contact us if you are looking for an attractive new work opportunity in the German health care industry. You can email us with any questions you may have!
We look forward to hearing from you!
Additional information about nurses in Germany
Nurses graduate after three years of studies from a German nursing school. In general, a typical German nursing course includes 2100 hours of theory and 2500 hours of practical training. The practical training takes place in different specialized hospital departments and in the ambulatory care of a hospital.
For further qualification, nurses are eligible for specialist trainings after a few years of work experience. Unlike other countries, these trainings are generally paid for by the employer.
Nursing graduates work in hospitals in different specializations. They serve as the primary link between patients and doctors. Nurses have the following responsibilities:
- complete or coordinate basic care
- assist during medical examinations, operations, and doctor’s visits
- operate and supervise medical devices
- treat wounds and perform wound dressings under supervision
- create care plans based on individual patient’s needs and condition
- document the progress and condition of the patient
- prepare and apply medication
* Competency in languages in Europe is split into levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2.
For more info, see this Link (http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/cadre1_en.asp)
How can CAPTIALENT MEDICAL help me?
We are your expert and personal guide through every step of the way. We organize the language course for you, find you a job placement, support you through all administrative procedures such as having your title recognized, we help you find an apartment, open a new bank account and so much more. You can rely on us.
What does the selection process look like?
After you send us your resumé, we invite you to a personal interview in your home country or in Germany. Professional qualifications are required and ideally you have had a first encounter with a foreign language. The interview is for us to get an idea of your personality, find out what motivates you, learn about your current situation, your career goals and desires. The interview also gives you the chance to get to know us better and to ask us any questions you may have in person. Assuming that after the first interview you are still interested in our offer, you then meet your potential employer during a second interview. Then both parties decide if and under which conditions they want to pursue a working relationship.
How does the German language course look like?
The course takes place full-time for five to six months in your home country. Either you will complete level B2 or level B1 plus a further course in Germany. Participation in the course is free for all candidates. To ensure you are able to take part in the full-time course, you will receive a stipend during the duration of the course.
Will I receive financial support during the German course?
Yes, you receive a stipend regulated according to your home country so you can fully concentrate on your language course. The stipend is given to you either as a monthly payment or in intervals after each completed level.
What level of language should I reach?
To fulfill the requirements for recognition of your nursing title in Germany, you will need either a B2 language certificate or a B1 telc Pflege certificate (= specifically for nurses). It is important that learning the language is of high priority for you. Competent language skills are the key to successful work in the health care field as well as to a quick integration into your new environment.
What does the work contract look like?
You will receive the work contract in its original form (German) with a translation in your mother tongue. It is a permanent contract, i.e. for an unlimited period of time (if you are from outside the EU your first work contract might be limited to two years including the option to extend the contract after two years). A probation period of 6 months is customary in Germany. The contract will be either with the hospital or with CAPITALENT MEDICAL (in this case as a loaned-out but nevertheless permanent worker in one specific hospital). In either case, your employment is secure, and you only work in the agreed upon position for the same salary. Repayment of language class costs can be avoided in fulfilling two years of employment.
For whom will I work?
Our partners are reputable hospitals at different locations in Germany with between 1000 and 4500 employees.
Will I meet my future employer beforehand?
Yes, first CAPITALENT MEDICAL holds personal interviews in your home country. Then we organize a second interview for you with the director of nursing. It takes place either in your home country as well, via Skype, or – if you are already in Germany – in the hospital.
Which costs should I expect?
You will have no extra costs for the training nor for the placement. The prospective employer pays all costs for the language course, the exams at the Goethe Institute, and the costs for the recognition process for you. Furthermore, you receive a stipend during the language course. If you terminate your contract within the first 2 years in Germany, you will be required to pay a part of these costs back. The sum you pay back consists of the actual costs of the language course and the stipend and are calculated onto the time which you work in Germany. For example, after one year of work you only pay back half and after 3/4 of the time (3/4 of 2 years = 18 months), you pay back only a quarter of the costs and so on.
Which requirements do I need to meet to have my nursing title officially recognized?
If wish you to work as a nurse in Germany you have to obtain the official recognition of your title. This is a legal requirement. Without official recognition you can only be employed as an assistant nurse with less responsibility and a lower salary. Recognition is given when your educational content (curriculum of your nursing program) is comparable to that in Germany, proof of a B2 or B1 telc Pflege language certification can be shown, and no criminal record or health issues are found.
How long does the recognition process take?
Provided you are an EU citizen, we can process your complete paperwork as soon as it is handed over to us. This can be done in one day. For non-EU citizens, the time frame for the process can be up to three months, according to the bureau responsible.
Will I receive support through the immigration and other administrative processes?
Yes, we help you with all aspects of administration, for example the recognition process or registering with the local authorities.
How much will I earn in Germany?
Nurses are paid at a standard rate in Germany. The salary group (in German: EG short for “Entgeltgruppe”) depends on your level of education (generally, with a university degree at least EG7). Depending on your experience, they higher your pay grade. Based on this, nurses earn between 2200-3200 Euros a month before taxes plus premiums for working nights, weekends and holidays. The Net Pay is around 1500-2000 a month plus premiums.
How much is deducted from my pay for tax and insurances in Germany?
Around 33% is deducted for social insurance, retirement, tax and unemployment.
How many hours do nurses work in Germany?
Usually, 38,5 hours per week, 7-9 hours per shift, 5 days a week.
How many days of vacation do I get in a year?
You start with at least 4 weeks of vacation in a full-time position. More usually, you will get 25 days of holidays. The longer you work for a single employer the more vacation time you will have.
How do I find an apartment in Germany?
We are happy to support you with tips, weblinks and contact data. Furthermore we offer our candidates rooms in our own rented apartments in Frankfurt and Hamburg as a temporary solution. This way you are able to look for a permanent solution with less stress. Several hospitals offer “Nurse’s living quarters”/dormitories. We suggest you plan ample time to inform yourself about living arrangements as, especially in large cities, apartments are in high demand.
Can I get in touch with other candidates who have already gone through the process?
Yes, we are happy to put you in contact with someone who has already successfully started his new job in Germany.
What makes CAPITALENT MEDICAL different from others?
We offer personal support and put the needs of our candidates first. We don’t take any money for the placement and training. It is important to us that you find the job you were made for. With us, you complete a language course in your home country. We also prepare the recognition of your title before you arrive so as to speed up the process. This way, you can start working sooner as a fully registered nurse (and not as an assistant nurse), earn more money and bring your career forward. We work with hospitals only and not with retirement homes and care facilities. Above all, we take this opportunity for you very serious. You can rely on us.
What should I look for when looking for a job in Germany and what can I do to prepare?
- Don’t trust purely internet-based contacts
- Don’t trust verbal acceptance alone
- Make sure to invest enough time and energy into learning the language
- Make sure that your contract is fully (!) translated and that your tasks are clearly stated
- Constantly changing agreements and contact persons during the process are a sign of dubious dealers
How high are the costs of living in Germany?
Candidates from Spain and Brazil experience similar costs of living compared to their home countries. The highest cost is rent (different depending on the region and whether you stay in a large city or in the countryside). In terms of comparison check out the so-called Big Mac Index.
How can I get back home?
Going home is always possible. We want to guide you and show you career opportunities that fully match your personal goals so that you like to stay.
Do I have to eat Sauerkraut every day?
Very funny…. this cliché comes from the time after the war and is as accurate as the assumption that all Germans wear Lederhosen. Actually, a lot of Germans don’t even like Sauerkraut and if it must be, then only with a yummy sausage and potatoes. In Germany you can enjoy a wide culinary palate with specialties from every region – a variety of fish dishes, poultry, vegetables and meat and of course bread and cakes of all sorts.
More information on German cuisine at: http://www.germanplaces.com/de/deutschland/essen-trinken.html