Education is often seen as the most important mobility channel for children of immigrants. To what extent is this true? In this article, the author looks at successful second generation Turkish professionals in Sweden, France, Germany and The Netherlands. What kind of pathways did they take to become a professional? Based on the large quantitative international TIES survey, the author reconstructs the pathways to a professional position in the four countries. We see how the open, comprehensive school systems in Sweden and France provide the main paths to a professional job.