Only a few weeks after leaving her homeland, Oksana saw a Facebook advertisement placed by Deutsche Bahn, which was offering integration courses to Ukrainian refugees. The company has been active in this area for years and wants to make it easier for refugees from differing countries to start working in Germany. In May 2022, Oksana went on to complete the one-month, free integration course. Among others, the course focused on the way of life and the labour market in Germany.
After she had completed the course, Deutsche Bahn offered her an employment contract and gave her the money to attend a three-month intensive language course. She was not required to work during this time, as her focus was exclusively on learning German. And she did so with success: by September 2022, Oksana had already reached the B1 language proficiency level and begun working as a consultant at “DB Job World”.