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When the advisor in the Jobcenter asked what Somayeh Ahmad Fakhrodin wanted to do for a living, she already knew that it would not be easy to work in her learned profession. “In Iran there are no training courses with diplomas, unlike in Germany. Already in the reception camps I heard from Iranians that in Germany you need vocational training. So I said to the advisor: “I want to start vocational training”.
Ingeus, an agency that helps refugees integrate into the labour market provided her with support. There, Somayeh Ahmad Fakhrodin passed the online test Check.Work, which determines what professional knowledge someone already has. Using pictures and technical questions, the participants demonstrate in which occupational field and with which equipment they have already worked. “With the test result, I was able to prove that I am familiar with my work as a dental assistant,” says the 35-year-old. She applied in writing to various dental practices - at first unsuccessfully.
“This was certainly due to my poor knowledge of German. However, my advisor at Ingeus believed in me and continued to look for vocational training opportunities for me outside her working hours - and opened the door to the dental practice of Dr. Aneliya and Norbert Schulz, who gave me a chance. I am very grateful for this,” she says.