Getting a job is almost like a maturity test, like making your first dentist appointment or dropping your car off for service. Trying to get a job in a foreign country can be even more of a challenge, but as we find ourselves in Sweden Academic Solutions has some tips and motivations as to why Sweden is a good place to begin this journey after or during your studies.
An exchange student may now be asking why Sweden? There are several reasons why this might be the choice for many after or during their studies. Firstly, A student who has a residence permit for studies at a university or college in Sweden may work without a work permit in addition to his studies. Secondly, don’t worry about the language requirements. Sweden is luckily one of the countries in Europe where practically everyone speaks English, therefore speaking Swedish fluently is not a mandatory job requirement. Most big companies, as well as start-ups in Sweden, work in English due to international collaboration, interest, and attraction. Impeccable English may thus be a greater advantage. Thirdly, Sweden offers a lot of jobs fitted for specific studies. Sweden is a leader in innovation with various companies in the field of ICT and energy, where Sweden is at the cutting edge of sustainable development and technological advancement. Consequently, many various jobs emerge, everything from sustainability consultants to programmers and software developers. A top tip for engineers is that Sweden is a pioneer in IT and eco-friendly applications, those experienced will find greater career opportunities here. Lastly, Sweden takes the well-being of employees into high consideration. The Swedish labor market is built upon employees’ rights. You will receive generous parental leaves and benefits, equality in all kinds of forms is highly valued in Sweden, and there is clear legislation for your employment.
The question now may be where you should begin your journey into the labor market in Sweden. Don’t be intimidated, here are some tips to help you get a foothold.
1. Start by joining Career Services offered by faculties at your University
2. Try Finding a part-time job/Internship
3. Gain a network
The bottom line is if you engage yourself, are motivated, and try to put yourself out there, your determination will most likely get you far. Everything is doable, the help of Swedish Universities and the access to part-time jobs/internships give a great opportunity for exchange students, like you, to gain experience for further career paths in Sweden. Best of luck!
Text av Sarah Tavakol
Publicerad av Emil Bjerenius