24-year-old Baraa Al-Jumaili, who came from Bagdad to Germany five years ago, is a trainee IT officer at Peters. For the young Iraqi, her job at Peters also means getting acquainted with the German way of life, and she feels at home at the company.
Whenever problems occur with the company’s network, computers or phone system, the IT department is on call. Baraa Al-Jumaili is currently in the second year of her professional training as an IT officer at the Kempen-based complete supplier of coatings for the electronics industry. Together with two colleagues from the IT department, she is responsible for data back-up and data protection, as well as, ensuring that the digital processes run smoothly. Baraa, whose roots lie in the Middle East, is a model example of how professional development and youth promotion can support integration.
When Baraa Al-Jumaili and her younger brother came to Germany five years ago, she had already studied two semesters of computer sciences in her hometown of Bagdad. Moreover, her family background assisted Baraa with fitting in at Peters. “Baraa performs all tasks with great care, she has a good work structure and is always friendly“, reports IT administrator Johann van den Bos – All characteristics that are consistent with the company’s philosophy.
Baraa beams when talking about Peters. “Everything is perfect. The working atmosphere is excellent“, she says in almost perfect German. Baraa feels “at home“ in the IT department of the global player. Of course, the next thing she wants is to finish her apprenticeship, the first year of which took place at a different company before she joined the team. Next on her career path she would like to study in Germany: math, a technical degree or natural sciences. “These are subjects I enjoy“, she emphasizes.
Whatever the future may hold for her after her 3-year apprenticeship, she remarks: “I will be forever grateful to Peters for offering me a chance to further my professional development“. And that far away from home and with just part of her family. Thus, this young lady can fulfil her integration plan one step at a time.