Originally from Syria

Caseworker at an NGO called Displaced People in Action, the UK

Hussam's Story

Back in Syria I was training to be a doctor. I already had 4 years of work experience and I was almost ready to take my final exam to become a surgeon when I had to leave the country. Upon arrival in the United Kingdom I thought I could immediately resume with my medical career because of my advanced level of English and my experience in the medical world. Initially I was not aware of the necessary steps in the recertification process, so I mostly studied on my own and attended a number of English classes in order to pass the International Language Testing System (IELTS). Later when I got a bit more familiar in Wales I registered with the Wales Asylum Seekers and Refugee Doctors (WARD) project ran by Displaced People in Action (DPIA), which helps refugee doctors in the process of recertification.

The recertification process proved lengthier and more challenging than expected, so while I was waiting I decided to immerse myself in the community and start volunteering. My language skills proved to be very useful; I was able to assist others in similar situations as mine. Oasis Cardiff Community Centre offered me the opportunity to volunteer as an Assistant English Language Teacher while I continued with my recertification process. Being an Assistant English Language Teacher was a good opportunity to continue helping people, like I’d done in the past with my medial background.

“Although I am still working towards my career goals, it takes patience, continued learning of the language and the right balance between the past, present and future.”

A few months after I started volunteering, I was offered a paid position by the community centre manager as a part-time Support Worker. This was a great opportunity because I could get some more financial stability while gaining relevant administrative skills and further improving my English.

In 2015, DPIA - the organization that assisted with my medical recertification, offered me a full-time position, initially working as an interpreter and then as a caseworker. By working here I was able to give the same warm welcome to refugees as I had been given when I first arrived in Wales. It also provided me with the opportunity to regularly interact with doctors and the UK system of recertification, which were all necessary steps to successfully reach my goal of being a doctor. Although I am still working towards my career goals, it takes patience, continued learning of the language and the right balance between the past, present and future. In the meantime, I have channelled my skills and experience in other avenues which continue to help me to improve my skills.

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