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21st Apr '18 1:57:04 AM Chabal2
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* A non-degree version in a ''{{ComicBook/Hellblazer}}'' story, where one character was a brutal African warlord who now works as a janitor in England because of all the people who want to kill him back home (he was in England in the first place because he needed surgery that would have been impossible in his home country). He apparently doesn't really mind the change, at least no one wants to kill him and there are [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt other advantages]].
21st Apr '18 1:43:13 AM Chabal2
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Sadly, this is to an extent TruthInTelevision; professionals migrating to another country often find it difficult to use their native accreditations to keep doing their jobs. Not to mention that law degrees usually have the unfortunate consequence that, apart from being country-specific, they're often ''state-specific''. But do note that within [[UsefulNotes/TheCommonLaw Common Law countries]] this is less of a problem, as the basics are either the same or based on similar principals and it is actually relatively easy to transfer.

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Sadly, this is to an extent TruthInTelevision; professionals migrating to another country often find it difficult to use their native accreditations to keep doing their jobs. Not to mention that law degrees usually have the unfortunate consequence that, apart from being country-specific, they're often ''state-specific''. But do note that within [[UsefulNotes/TheCommonLaw Common Law countries]] this is less of a problem, as the basics are either the same or based on similar principals principles and it is actually relatively easy to transfer.
14th Apr '18 1:46:02 PM Gamermaster
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* Lampshaded in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' when Kobayashi aces a mage exam.
-->'''Kobayashi''': I got a new skill that I can't write in my resumes.
23rd Aug '17 3:25:19 AM PaulA
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* In the Creator/MercedesLackey novel ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Serpent's Shadow]]'', Maya, who had been a practising doctor for years in India, had to take her examination records to a local hospital and be interviewed by its chief surgeon before she would be allowed to open her own practise in London.

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* In the Creator/MercedesLackey novel ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Serpent's Shadow]]'', ''Literature/TheSerpentsShadow'', Maya, who had been a practising doctor for years in India, had to take her examination records to a local hospital and be interviewed by its chief surgeon before she would be allowed to open her own practise in London.
11th Jun '17 6:22:14 AM Anddrix
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* A one-time game in ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' parodies the "This Is Your Life" type of reality gameshow, and Colin Mochrie, as a voice from Wayne Brady's past, rants about how Wayne took his job as a sewer worker. Wayne follows up by claiming that Colin is a Mexican immigrant ([[FridgeLogic despite not having the accent]]), whereupon [[GenreSavvy Colin]] claims to have taken "four years of English literature".

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* A one-time game in ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' parodies the "This Is Your Life" type of reality gameshow, and Colin Mochrie, as a voice from Wayne Brady's past, rants about how Wayne took his job as a sewer worker. Wayne follows up by claiming that Colin is a Mexican immigrant ([[FridgeLogic despite not having the accent]]), whereupon [[GenreSavvy Colin]] Colin claims to have taken "four years of English literature".
7th Jun '17 11:16:52 AM Discar
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* Hide from ''TheOffice'' was a renowned heart surgeon in Japan, but is a warehouse worker in the States. (However, he's probably laying low because he [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentofAwesome screwed over]] the {{Yakuza}}.)]]
** Also, when Michael Scott is working in a call center to get extra money, he meets Vikram, a more successful coworker.
-->'''Vikram''' I was a surgeon back home, you know
-->'''Michael Scott''' I wonder what I would've been back home

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* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'': Hide from ''TheOffice'' was a renowned heart surgeon in Japan, but is a warehouse worker in the States. (However, he's probably laying low because he [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentofAwesome screwed over]] the {{Yakuza}}.)]]
** Also, when When Michael Scott is working in a call center to get extra money, he meets Vikram, a more successful coworker.
-->'''Vikram''' --->'''Vikram:''' I was a surgeon back home, you know
-->'''Michael Scott'''
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'''Michael Scott:'''
I wonder what I would've been back homehome.
18th Apr '17 10:33:29 AM FF32
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* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_Sa0ykUeuY this]] ''Creator/{{Funhaus}}'' video, Omar jokes that he was a doctor in Cuba, but can only get work as a video editor in America.
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8th Mar '17 6:17:49 PM nombretomado
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* In the MercedesLackey novel ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Serpent's Shadow]]'', Maya, who had been a practising doctor for years in India, had to take her examination records to a local hospital and be interviewed by its chief surgeon before she would be allowed to open her own practise in London.

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* In the MercedesLackey Creator/MercedesLackey novel ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Serpent's Shadow]]'', Maya, who had been a practising doctor for years in India, had to take her examination records to a local hospital and be interviewed by its chief surgeon before she would be allowed to open her own practise in London.
3rd Feb '17 2:45:25 PM DaibhidC
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* In ''What Does the K Stand For?'', Stephen K. Amos describes how his parents were a nurse and an engineer in Nigeria, but a domestic and a bus driver in London.
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12th Jan '17 8:07:57 PM NinjaLore
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* Featured on ''Series/{{ER}}'' where recurring foreign nurse "Bob" (not her real name) has to save a patient when all the doctors are busy. Turns out she's a cardiac surgeon from Eastern Europe. The other nurses are horrified as they don't know that she knows what she's doing, and she's horrified she's blown her chance at the hospital, or even to stay in the country. Dr. Carter assures her that's not so.

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* Featured on ''Series/{{ER}}'' where recurring foreign nurse "Bob" (not her real name) has to save a patient when all the doctors are busy. Turns out she's a cardiac surgeon from Eastern Europe. The other nurses are horrified as they don't know that she knows what she's doing, and she's horrified she's blown her chance at the hospital, or even to stay in the country. Dr. Carter assures her that's not so. [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome And then she's never heard from again.]]
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