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The successful experience of MediCarrera’s Child Psychiatrist candidate Petra and her family

The successful experience of MediCarrera’s Child Psychiatrist candidate Petra and her family
She started working at Kongsberg hospital in January 2014. “MediCarrera’s motto is to bring success to organization and life-changing opportunities to healthcare professional and in my case they truly changed my life for the better. In less than a year they helped me to find a better job position, they trained me and my husband through and intensive Norwegian course and supported us with all the paperworks, the house searching and the first steps in Norway and into the new work environment” Petra says. 
Dreaming about better working conditions 

Petra started seeking job options outside of Slovenia because of the situation in her home country wasn’t so good, neither economically nor job-wise, and she felt that she couldn’t work under optimal conditions. So she decided to try something else in a different country.

From the very beginning she and her husband both liked Norway and considered it the perfect country for two active people like them. After having studied the website of MediCarrera, Petra decided to contact them in January 2013. She wrote down Norway as her first choice, but was informed that, most likely, the possibilities were greater in Sweden, so she was a bit unsure about how long it would take before she received a job offer for Norway. However, things turned out to happen very fast: after only two weeks she was asked whether she would be interested in working at a hospital in the north of Norway, but she decided to wait and see if any offers arrived for working a bit further south. After only one month, she was offered a job in Kongsberg, a small town close to Oslo.In March she travelled to Kongsberg for her interview trip and both she and her husband found it the perfect place for them! Not too big and with lots of nature in the surrondings.“The interview trip was organized in the smallest details, we were shown around and had the opportunity to see possible places to live and to practice our hobbies, including a stable, which was nice since horseback-riding is one of my main hobbies. I felt it was the opportunity I was waiting for” Petra says. 

The language training: the key to integration

Both Petra and her husband, who is a computer consultant, took the intensive Norwegian language course of MediCarrera in Ljubljana. “The course was very intensive, with 5-6 hours of classes every day, in addition to homework. I quickly understood that it is the core of the company program to involve each member of the family in the process and provide them all with a language training in order to make the integration as easy and smooth as possible. I felt they had a lot of experience in this and that if we would have followed their program everything would have turn out fine and it did! I have to admit we worked quite hard, but I thought it was a nice change and that it was good to be able to take a pause from the job as a psychiatrist and dive into learning a new language” remembers Petra.Upon arrival in Norway, Petra started working at the hospital they were very satisfied with her level of Norwegian. Petra thinks that solid language training is very important. “You need to be able to speak Norwegian very well in order to work in child- and adolescent psychiatry”, she emphasizes.Her husband was also very satisfied since he had four job interviews shortly after their arrival in Norway and was hired as a computer consultant in a private company, also thanks to his good level of spoken Norwegian.

Working as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Norway

At work she felt very welcome from the very beginning and, most of all, she was given the time to settle little by little in the new environment. During the first days she received training in the computer system that they use at the hospital and also was able to participate in conversations with patients. “The colleagues explained me everything in details and were friendly and available for any questions” Petra recalls.It wasn’t immediate to familiarise herself with the Norwegian system, she needed some time since child- and adolescent psychiatry involves knowledge of both the health and social systems and the education system. Now, after few years in Norway, she can easily highlight some differences: “In Norway you generally have more time for the patients and for discussing cases with your colleagues, in general, it’s a system that works in a better and more effective way”. 
A beautiful nature, right outside the door  
“With two dogs we were concerned about how to find a house to rent, but with MediCarrera’s help we didn’t have to worry and stress much. Flat hunting might be a real nightmare but the company handled for us all the practical issues related with the move and made it easy to find a place to live ” Petra explains.“The only thing that was a little bit complicated was that we had to wait a week for the Norwegian identification numbers which is needed to open a bank account or contract anInternet service. But, in the end, everything worked out”, Petra remembers.Petra and her husband have adapted well to Norway and have plans to stay for a long time. In Slovenia, Petra had a horse that she decided to sell when they moved to Norway, but now she has bought a new horse in Norway. They have also started considering buying a house. In their time off they are very active, they go biking, running and skiing, and they have made some friends. They also have contact with other people from Slovenia who live in Oslo. They had a few visitors from Slovenia and traveled there quite often. They also keep in touch by Skype. “In many ways we are in closer contact now than when we lived in Slovenia!” Petra exclaims.“If I was to make the decision again, I would have chosen the same thing: Norway and MediCarrera. I feel that the help I received from MediCarrera was priceless, especially with regards to the paperwork involved in obtaining the necessary specialist licences in order to be able to work in Norway.”It’s obvious that Petra and her husband have adapted to life in Norway and to the Norwegian climate. “The winter last year wasn’t particularly cold and the temperatures rarely sank below minus ten degrees. Now we are waiting for winter, we like it when it snows!” she exclaims at the end of the interview. This winter they have plans to travel north hoping to see the Northern Lights. 
MediCarrera works on behalf of public hospitals in different regions in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, offering career opportunities for European psychiatrists, organising the language training for the whole family and giving assistance in all practical issues related to relocation. From 2003 and until this moment more than 400 doctors, dentists and nurses began working in Scandinavia with the MediCarrera project.MediCarrera services are financed by the employer and free of charge for the candidate.

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