Job opportunities to take care of the elderly and raise children


Europe needs more labor in the field of elderly care. Therefore pioneering projects arose to attract immigrants and entice them to work in this profession, with a comprehensive plan that also included improving their German language and training them in the assets of the profession.


After spending more than ten years at home raising her children, Asmaa, 35, wants to start learning a new profession. I looked for the possibility of that at this relatively advanced age, until I found:

A professional project called “Finding a job in the profession of caring for the elderly”, in Offenbach, near Frankfurt. Through this project, you want to find immigrant women of foreign origin to train and learn the profession of caring for the elderly.

The work team accompanies and advises the jobseekers, and introduces them to companies and centers looking for a workforce in this specialty. “In the beginning there are two or three chat sessions with the job seeker

Training first

After that, each applicant must undergo a training period in an elderly nursing home, in order to get to know the nature of the work closely, so that they know whether this profession suits them in the first place.

For example, the number of elderly people in a European country such as Germany who need care is 2.4 million, and by 2030 the number is expected to reach 3.4 million. Therefore, there is a need to qualify more than 100 thousand workers in this sector, according to experts.

The need increases in the health sector for workers with immigrant backgrounds in particular. Therefore, the centers active in this sector are working to attract young people to this profession. Serena Kira explains why workers with immigrant backgrounds are important, saying, “Because the number of elderly people of foreign origin is increasing than before.” These elderly people need someone to care for them, but he must be able to understand their cultural and religious needs, and be able to speak with them in their mother tongue.


Difficulties in the profession

The most prominent obstacle Asama Hadari faced at first, was the language as she did not speak it well, and she had to study health-related materials in that language. Therefore, the trainees visit a daily German language lesson to improve their level. This is what Asmaa noticed, as her language improved over time.

The second difficulty is reconciling family and work, as “they must start their work at six in the morning, but where is a kindergarten or school that opens at this early time?”, Narges Yelaghi said. And this is what Aida Halilovic (mother of two) knows well, who must start work at 5:30 in the morning. But Aida found a solution, she says: “Fortunately, the two children help me very much with that. They come early and take care of the two children, and they also help with the housework.”

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