Published on 30th September 2021
Abdakader was born and raised in Somalia and spent most of his childhood, adolescence and young adulthood in Yemen. At the age of 24 he went to Syria, and three years later moved to Turkey. He stayed there for another three years before coming to Germany, via Greece, in 2015. At this stage, the 33-year-old wished to settle.
His wish to stay in Germany was probably in no small part due to his job, which he found after a short period thanks to a German temporary work agency specialised in the industrial-technical and commercial field. A roommate of Abdakader’s at the refugee home connected him with the staffing agency – and he already possessed the optimal prerequisites: his German was so good that communication was not a problem, and he knew his way around mechanics and electronics. That’s why right from the start the company where he works assigned him activities that corresponded to his level of knowledge. Abdakader was not only respected professionally, he was also warmly welcomed by his colleagues. This new start was pleasantly uncomplicated for him and Abdakader’s positive experience continued when he landed an open-ended direct position at the company he had been assigned to.
Abdakader is nonetheless still considering the possibility of doing an apprenticeship so that he has a stronger basis for his future career in Germany. The German work structure took some getting used to for the native Somali, but his advice to others in a similar position is to be patient and to familiarise themselves. For the time being, Abdakader appreciates the security which his position brings him. Thanks to the support of the staffing agency, he was able to begin a new life in his new home country.