Adrian, Surgeon from Romania working in Sweden
ADRIAN is a surgeon from Romania and he studied Swedish in Budapest together with his wife, who is also a doctor and has found a job in Sweden. The family, that apart from Adrian and his wife also numbers two children who are 16 and 14 years old, arrived in Sweden in August 2012 and now live in Värnamo. In January 2011 Adrian sent his CV to MediCarrera even though he wasn’t ready to move to Sweden just yet. The language was totally unknown to him and he had rather thought about moving to England. But when MediCarrera later on contacted him with more information he and his wife started considering the possibility and decided to take the chance. What made them decide was the fact that MediCarrera promised to take care of the whole family and help out with all the practical issues surrounding the move. In January 2012 he received an offer for a job in Värnamo. “Where is Värnamo?” Adrian asked.” “In the middle of nowhere”, was the answer he received. When he was later informed that this “nowhere” was situated in southern Sweden, he agreed to continue with the process. The next step was to travel to Värnamo in order to get to know the place, go to an interview at the hospital, see the workplace and meet the potential colleagues. “The trip was fantastically well organised”, Adrian tells us. “Everything was organised and prepared down to the smallest detail and I only had to show up. It gave me a very good impression.”
All the pieces fell into place and in the end of March/beginning of April, the whole family started the language course in Budapest. That the place chosen for the course was Budapest was due to the fact that it worked better for them to move to Budapest during the four months the course lasted than moving to Spain. “The language course was great”, Adrian says. “However, it can be difficult to understand different dialects. You need practice for that!” The language course was very intensive and demanding. They started with the basics and after four months they could speak fluently. “Those were probably the hardest months of my life”, Adrian laughs. “But we did it!”
“Everything was organised and prepared down to the smallest detail and I only had to show up. It gave me a very good impression.”
Living temporarily in Budapest and completing such an intensive course was obviously strenuous and difficult, but the family agrees that it was worth the trouble. Also, the possibility of being together this whole time was very important for them. Adrian and his wife took a course in Swedish for the health sector, while the children followed a different course in general Swedish. Both courses were organised by MediCarrera. The children’s teacher was in her thirties and taught in a way that they really enjoyed. This made them motivated and helped them learn Swedish really well. The first time at a new workplace is always demanding and when you, besides, find yourself in a new country, it can be even tougher. The first weeks in Sweden were difficult for Adrian. When he came back from work he was very tired and told his children he wanted to return to Romania. But then it was the children that encouraged him and told him they absolutely did not want to move back! They were very happy from the start and now have lots of friends. The introduction at the hospital went well and Adrian is very happy with all the help he received with fixing practical issues, such as registering with the social security authorities. Already from day one, Adrian started working with patients. He thought it went well, although it was a bit more difficult at the emergency room, where he had to talk more to the patients. But it improved quickly. What took a bit longer was learning all the new routines. Adrian calculates that it takes about one year.