MigHelp’s ‘Roadmap to Employment/Career Day’

On 22 April more than thirty people joined MigHelp’s ‘Roadmap to Employment/Career Day’.
A full day of presentations and workshops were offered about entering the Hungarian labour market for migrants. All kinds of personal experiences – both positive and negative – were shared by migrants who wish to enter the Hungarian labour market.

MigHelp's Career Day 2017


MigHelp’s ‘Roadmap to Employment/Career Day’
photo: Evelin Dóra Nagy, from Randstad Hungary with Zéphirin Flaubert, Senior Consultant in Finance at EY company

Today there is a lot of confusion for migrants living in Hungary – which legal residency status allows a person to work? Or, what rights one has within the workplace? One of the female migrants who participated in the event mentioned that she was told by a potential employer that they were not allowed to hire people from outside Europe. This is absolutely untrue, and it is the more reason why migrants need to be well informed about their employment rights.

If a migrant has a legal residence permit in Hungary (by marriage, refugee status, stateless status, a student, etc) he/she can be legally employed.

To help clear up the confusion MigHelp invited a representative from the official Budapest Labour office (Budapest Főváros Kormányhivatala Foglalkoztatási Főosztály), Human Resources (HR) experts and a lawyer experienced in these areas of law to inform migrants and refugees about rules and regulations regarding the employment of migrants in Hungary .

Other topics presented were how to register as a job seeker in the Budapest Labour office, negotiate a salary, how to prepare yourself for a job interview, and in the past MigHelp has also offered presentations on how to write a CV/resume. At the end of the day, people had the opportunity to personally meet and discuss their problems with the presenters.

One marketable skill that many migrants in Hungary may have is their own native language. Many multinational corporations operating in Hungary often seek native or fluent speakers to communicate with their customers in countries abroad.

MigHelp will continue to offer ‘Career Days’ and other events that help Hungary’s migrant community integrate in their new home.

MigHelp's Career Day 2017

MigHelp’s ‘Roadmap to Employment/Career Day’
photos by JD / MigHelp©

Our project, ‘Job and Integration-IT courses for migrants’ has been a success!

Migrant’s Help Association, MigHelp, with its partner and service provider ControllTraining KFT has successfully completed a 10 Month basic and advance computer skills training project supported by the European Integration Fund. Two trainings were available for the participants, at two locations: an accredited 7-month course in European Computer Driving Licence (196 lessons)for beginners in Avicenna College and an advanced 6-month web-programming course for migrants with basic computer skills (210 lessons) in McDaniel College.

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The project started in November 2013 and finished in August 2014.

There were altogether 30 migrants who participated in the two trainings. The ECDL-course consisted of 7 modules (IT-security, Access and others), while the participants of the web-programming course had the opportunity to learn about MySQL, PHP, adobe Dreamweaver and other web-programming tools. Altogether 23 students successfully completed the courses and passed the exams. Twelve participants received their European Computer Driving Licence while eleven were certified by ControllTraining.

On 28 August we had a successful project-closing event attended by about 100 people. This event was also the graduation ceremony where students received their certificates and gave their testimonies alongside other speakers from Mighelp, Avicenna and McDaniel Colleges.

MigHelp would like to thank all its friends and supporters for all their support and a special thanks to the European Integration Fund for making funds available for the development and integration of migrants into Hungarian society.

more photos on MigHelp’s Facebook photo album.

James Peter, Dir of MigHelp

James Peter, Dir of MigHelp

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