HOW TO LAND YOUR DREAM JOB
HOW TO LAND YOUR DREAM JOB
Not sure if a career in Northern Denmark is for you?
Let us show you 4 great reasons why it is worth considering!
All study programmes at UCN include a mandatory internship. Our experience shows us that it is a good idea to complete your internship at a Danish company.
Here is why:
- It may lead to a job opportunity within the same company. If not, your take aways will make you attractive to other Danish companies.
- You will most likely get good reccommendations from your colleagues and managers.
- Your Danish network will be significantly boosted.
- You will get Danish colleagues and learn how to co-work with Danes.
- You will crack the code of working in a Danish environment and learn "the unwritten rules" of Danish workplace culture.
- You will acquire skills such as proactiveness, critical thinking and efficiency which are appreciated by Danes.
- You will be exposed to hearing the Danish language in a professional context. And you will get the chance to practice it with Danes; improving your Danish skills significantly!
Most Danes are fluent in English and an increasing number of large companies in Denmark turn to English as corporate language – so why learn Danish? Because many companies do require Danish skills when hiring. It will therefore give you a lead both socially and professionally - even when the corporate language is English.
You will do yourself a favor by learning Danish, as social encounters, small-talk, and lunch conversations are still carried out in Danish in most companies. Participating is considered a sign of integration, appreciation and thriving, and since social gatherings are highly prioritized by Danish professionals, you are guaranteed to make a good impression by joining in with a few Danish expressions. Be consistent and remember that you do not need to be perfect, as learning any new language is a process.
If you are a student with extra time and energy, getting a student job in a Danish company or doing volunteer work in a sports club or non-profit organisation may give you some of the same benefits as an internship in Denmark. It will let you dive into Danish work culture and look good on your CV.
It is very common for both Danish and international students to work alongside their studies. Typically, international students who have just moved to Denmark start by working unskilled jobs within restaurants, delivery services and cleaning companies, but many find their way to a part-time study-relevant job, which is an excellent opportunity to get experience in their field of studies.
Volunteer work is also popular among international students, as it is a great way to gather experience and put school theory into practice while giving something back to the local community.
Often, volunteering comes with perks such as an extended local network and the opportunity to participate in events and situations that normally are not accessible to the public.
Whether you choose to go for a student job or volunteering, there is much you can do to boost your chances of getting a job in Danish companies and organisations.