The history of successful emigration through the whole of Europe in search of happiness.
The history of emigration Olesya Franel, it’s not a story about how to survive and get back on its feet in a new country, although that’s enough, but a story about how to find happiness and realize one hundred percent.
“I was 7 years old when I knew that I really wanted to live in Germany. My mother worked as a translator of the German language and often went to Germany to work, bringing from there all sorts of goodies and telling me about the beautiful life in this faraway country. Perhaps this was the reason that I at such a young age decided that someday I would definitely move there.
At the age of 19, I finished the second year of the Faculty of Foreign Languages in Ukraine and decided to go to Germany with a group of 9 university friends for a year under the au-pair program. Under this program, young people, and more often girls, go to another country for a year to learn the language, get acquainted with the culture, living and working in the family, looking after, as a rule, for children and helping with housework.
Us, young girls, scattered to families throughout Germany: someone in Bavaria, someone north to the sea, and me to the North-Rein-Westphalian land. I believe that moving to another country under such a program has many advantages: all the paperwork for you is decided by the agency and the host family, at the very beginning there is shelter, an opportunity to learn the language in the family and to make the first acquaintances.
Staying in Germany illegally or getting a residence permit in the Pale, as in Spain, does not ride in any way. Here you need to look for more legal ways – the Germans are very strict with this.
The most common ways to obtain a residence permit and work in Germany is: to find an employer who prefers you to a native and will ardently prove that you are the best when submitting documents for your visa (the option is most likely for very good IT people), to marry a German and after 3 years to apply for citizenship (a candidate who marries you in 19 years to find almost impossible) or go to university, which I did.
In fact, it’s not hard to enter a university in Germany: you need to apply to universities that you like, take the so-called DSH exam in German and hope that they will. It is important to know that there are faculties in Germany, for which the number of places for foreigners is limited, and it is very difficult for the Germans themselves to enter: medicine, law, journalism, the basics of communication. And there are objects on which take all: Slavic, for example, religion or Germanism. I certainly did not know this and submitted documents for journalism, the profession, it seemed to me, of my dream. I even got permission for the exam, but then there was a refusal, because there were not enough seats.
I did all the same to the English and German studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen, and during my studies I was transferred to the basics of communication – yes, that’s also possible, only about this no one speaks aloud. After the receipt, it was very difficult for me for many years. I did not know the language well: it’s one thing to talk a language, learned a year in the family, it’s another thing to teach the theory of psychology and marketing.
The first few years, except for, “Good afternoon, dear students,” I did not understand practically anything at the lectures. My lectures and homework of the professor commented as follows: “In fact, this we never accept, but okay, you are a foreigner, sit down 3”. I was afraid to raise my hand at the lesson and ask if I did not understand something because of my broken language, but I did not understand very much. How often I wanted to quit everything and go back home to my family in Ukraine?
Among other things, I could not afford to go to the university every day, because I needed to work and keep myself completely. I worked in several places at once: as a waitress in different bars and restaurants, a promoter at exhibitions, sometimes as an interpreter, later became a stewardess on the German railway (Deutsche Bahn).
It was never easy and simple, but the years went by and I began to understand what I was talking about in my textbooks. I graduated from the university perfectly and today I think that I learned a lot during these years. The fundamentals of communication, advertising and psychology, which were so hard given during study, help today not only in working with clients and employees, but also in everyday life. As the saying goes: “It’s hard to teach, it’s easy to fight & # 33;”
After studying, I went through practice at the Internet marketing agency B2 Performance GmbH and realized that this is my # 33; To invent advertising concepts and strategies for clients, to help enterprising people to realize interesting projects, to follow innovations in the field of online marketing and constantly learn something new – that’s what motivates me every day.
It would seem: a beautiful favorite work, excellent salary, life in one of the most economically developed countries of the world, but still something was missing … happiness.
Having worked in the marketing agency for 3 years and having passed a career growth from trainee to project manager, I was waiting for the next surprise: I was offered to help develop the new branch of the agency that recently opened in Barcelona, and I, having weighed all the pros and cons, agreed to # 33;
For more than two years, I have been in charge of the executive director responsible for the development of the B2 Performance SL branch in Barcelona. I work mainly in German and English, but also learn Spanish at an accelerated pace.
Most of all I like 2 things in my work. First, this is when a client comes with an interesting idea and we accompany the “birth” of his business from the very beginning: website development, market and demand research, work on marketing strategies, creative ideas of website promotion in social networks and, most importantly, smile and satisfied customer face. The second is to introduce new young employees into the online marketing world, explain to them how things work and see their surprised and burning eyes. Here in Barcelona, I’m finally quite happy. I felt that this is my city & # 33;
Finally, I want to say that it’s always worth fighting for a dream, working on yourself, taking risks and not giving up. Maybe, in the middle of the road, you will turn aside a completely different dream, but this way needs to go, and not sit idly by. Nobody can give us a guarantee that immediately, in the first country of immigration you will find your home and your happiness, that everything will turn out right away and the work will bring fruit and success in an instant. If it seems that it could be better that you can achieve more, then most likely it is.
And yet, there are no ideal countries: each has its own pluses and minuses, and everyone must decide for themselves with what disadvantages it is easier for him to live. I miss, for example, the huge choice in German supermarkets, there is no such assortment here in Spain. But in Spain, vegetables and fruits are cheaper and tastier, but I keep silent about fresh fish and seafood. German streets are cleaner, but they do not have as much sun. In German cities, green parks at every step, in Barcelona they are very few, but here I spend every weekend on the sea. Ideal country for all does not exist, but surely somewhere is exactly your country & # 33; ”