A most unusual curriculum vitae – integration works through language
"I can still remember Thaí Sòn Phùng's application very clearly. This CV from Vietnam to Munich for law studies, then on to us in Salzgitter – that really impressed me", explained Andreas Kotte, managing director of AGRAVIS Baustoffhandel Niedersachsen GmbH. He invited the young man over immediately after the written application. Phùng carries out his work as a trainee office management clerk for the wholesale and export industry in Baustoffhandel Salzgitter very well.
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- Andreas Kotte, managing director of AGRAVIS Baustoffhandel Niedersachsen GmbH, Thai Son Phung, Vietnamese apprentice, and Thomas Gab, Head of Construction at AGRAVIS, are proud of the internationality within the company.
"He's thoroughly convinced us and we will shorten his apprenticeship", stated the managing director. Now, after twelve years in Germany, the young Vietnamese man speaks practically perfect German and advises customers who want to carry out building work with regard to building materials. The trade in construction materials where he works has over 3,500 different stock items.
AGRAVIS videos were convincing
"I always wanted to work in a large company. When I saw the AGRAVIS videos on the internet, I immediately gained a good impression of the company and wanted to go there", explained the Asian. AGRAVIS is proud that they recruited an employee like Thaí Sòn Phùng. "Here in Salzgitter we have a lot of foreign customers. Thaí Sòn Phùng is able to put himself in their situation and is very flexible linguistically", emphasised Andreas Kotte. His hunch regarding the young man's application was correct.
With family in Braunschweig
Thaí Sòn Phùng decided to emigrate from Vietnam to Germany in his mid 20s. "I often watched FC Bayern on TV. Then I wanted to go to Germany", explained the 34 year old. He then studied law in Munich. His plan was to work as a legal adviser in Vietnam. He got to know his current wife, Thi Bich Thao Tran, in the language school in Vietnam. He met her again in Munich, and stayed. Nowadays he is a prospective building materials clerk, lives in Braunschweig, and has a daughter who is just one year old.
Very satisfied in Germany
There are not enough good jobs in Vietnam, and those that have already studies in the USA or Australia are at an advantage in gaining those due to their command of language. "We have achieved a great deal, worked hard, and would also like to get a good job out of it", emphasised Phung's wife Thi Bich Thao Tran. A few years ago, the pair wanted to return to Vietnam at some point, but now they have no desire whatsoever to leave Germany. They are both very satisfied with their lives and their work. Thaí Sòn Phùng also remembers one day in particular: "I once sold a customer dark-grey patio slabs called "Sanoku". I immediately found out more about these and discovered that the slabs came from Vietnam. I only sell these now", he explains with a grin.
Football and Oktoberfest
Of course, the young family still has to face a few challenges: Relatives who can spontaneously act as a babysitter are not available, potatoes with sauce still taste odd, and they only see their families every two years. Nevertheless, their home is now Germany, and they are happy. Phung also visited the football stadium and Oktoberfest, and was thoroughly impressed. "I will never forget this atmosphere!"
Language as an admission ticket
"Learning German was difficult, and Thaí Sòn Phùng really found pronunciation difficult. "I still can't pronounce some of these 'Sch' sounds correctly even now", said the young Asian with a smile. From his perspective, language is an admission ticket into life in Germany. "Integration works through language, and I advise everyone who comes here to learn this perfectly as quickly as possible as it makes many things easier."