Meet our international graduates

79 % of UCN students stay in the region after they graduate. The number speaks volumes about the positive aspects of a life and career in Northern Denmark.

Uncover viewpoints and advice from different nationalities, study programmes and professions.


Sales Representative LBN Medical

Meet Luka from Croatia

Meet Luka from Croatia

Name: Marijan Luka Grobenski
Nationality: Croatian
Programme at UCN: International Sales and Marketing
Year of graduation: 2021
Current employment: Sales Representative LBN Medical

Why did you choose to study in Denmark?

Two things made my decision. Number one was quality of education in terms of real-life cases and group work. The second was financial opportunity during studies and after graduation.

What made you decide to stay and work in Denmark after finishing your studies?

Simply more opportunities in terms of career and a healthy, fair society.

How did you get your current job?

I would say due to my skills acquired over the years. But I found it through my professor who was kind enough to put an effort into connecting us with relevant employment opportunities.

The best things about living and working in Denmark?

Fairness and great career opportunities for dedicated individuals.

Your advice to other international students?

Go for it. You will find what you are good at and the teachers will be very supportive. It is of great value to work in groups on real life cases at the university. Furthermore, to see how one of the most economically free and richest societies operates. Truly an eye opener especial for us that come from quite different backgrounds.

Software Developer

Meet Teodor from Bulgaria

Meet Teodor from Bulgaria

Name: Teodor Dimitriev
Nationality: Bulgarian 
Programme at UCN: AP in Computer Science, Top-up in Software Development 
Year of graduation: 2018
Current employment: Software Developer at Saphe

Why did you choose to study in Denmark?

Back in high school, I was preparing myself to go to study abroad. Naturally, an English-speaking country was the best choice as I was fairly decent in the language, and it seemed to be the easiest path to good education and ease of living. A lot of my friends suggested that I should look into the Scandinavian countries, and specifically Denmark. It offered the lifestyle I wanted for myself and even though I didn’t know the language, I decided that this one hurdle is worth all the benefits I get. And so, I chose Denmark and was pleasantly surprised to see that it was all that I wanted.

What made you decide to stay and work in Denmark after finishing your studies?

Throughout my education, and even to this day, I have been playing an active role in the community – all the way from a bartender to event organiser, to a student helper. I’ve seen all the struggles, the questions and joy that the students experience and have passionately tried to act as a support to the newcomers and longtime stayers in Denmark. I know that what I do is beneficial and matters and this brings me huge happiness.

On a more professional level, I greatly enjoy the more relaxed nature of the work environment in Denmark compared to back in Bulgaria. Additionally, the work-life balance is very prominent, and society encourages you to seek and develop yourself – which is something that I find very intriguing.

Lastly, I have built strong friendships with a lot of internationals and Danes which allow me to experience a lot of new culture.

The best things about living and working in Denmark?

Denmark is a very peaceful country, where the community is very welcoming and patient with you as long as you are trying. Professional jobs are plentiful and open to working with internationals. It is a bit difficult to get one without any Danish, but once you get one, you are good. There is a big job security and even the government tries to help you in your employment.

Denmark is a country where residents are encouraged to develop themselves. There are a lot of activities, clubs, sports and hobbies to be explored and almost every single resident partakes in them – even the CEO’s of big companies.

How did you get your current job?

I managed to get my current job through a combination of previous connections and networking activities, some help from the university and a little luck. I quite often frequent professional networking and social events and have made connections with some people in my field. And in this case, this proved very useful for one of the company internship meetup events organised by the university. I had researched all the companies I had an interest in and had wonderful interviews with them. During the event, I saw a person I know, who introduced me to his work and explained what exactly he does and what would be expected from me. I fell in love with the possibility of working with them and while I got offered many other internships, I decided to go with Saphe. After I finished my internship, I got offered a position and have been there ever since.

Your advice to other international students?

My advice to internationals is to try to learn Danish as soon as possible. This country is very welcoming as long as you show the initiative that you want to better yourself and are willing to adjust. There are many advantages and benefits that become apparent the more Danish you know. Also, try to be proactive and participate in the community. All the people that I know that have shown initiative and tried to contribute to society and learn the language have succeeded. And lastly – don’t be afraid of the taxes, they are not as scary as they seem.

Self-employed / Receptionist

Meet Norbert from Hungary

Meet Norbert from Hungary

Name: Norbert Tamás Surányi
Nationality: Hungarian
Programme at UCN: International Hospitality Management 
Year of graduation: 2017
Current employment: Self-employed / Receptionist

Why did you choose to study in Denmark?

I chose to study in Denmark for multiple reasons. First, the way that the study environment is structured as well as the project-based learning style sounded very attractive to me. Working in groups and working with real-life scenarios as problem statements added a degree of credibility and practicality to the study, compared to other countries, where learning can be more theoretical.

Second, the standard of living in Denmark was undoubtedly highly attractive. Despite the high taxes, it is a fact that you can see the results of paying higher amounts to the government.

Finally, some of my friends had already been studying in Denmark for the past year and they only had positive things to say about living here. Having information from trusted sources regarding the standard of living in a foreign country helped me solidify my decision, despite already being quite sure that it would be a great way for me to move forward in my life.

What made you decide to stay and work in Denmark after finishing your studies?

I have invested a lot of time, money and energy into establishing a network here in Denmark as well as learning the language. I am also highly committed to the decisions that I make as long as I feel good where I am in my life. And I definitely feel good in Denmark. That is the only thing that really matters to me at least. Living here has undoubtedly presented a number of challenges. I have to admit that some things are still difficult today, however when I weigh the positives against the negatives, I can say with 100% confidence that it is one of the best places to live and develop both personally and professionally. Especially when you compare it to many other countries. We must never forget why we decided to leave our homes and families behind – to pursue a better future.

The best things about living and working in Denmark?

The best thing about living and working in Denmark is the work-life balance. Ironically, it’s less evident in the service industry where I have worked for the past 5 years, however, if you take your “standard” 9-5 jobs, employers do respect your free time. Even more exciting is that with danish salaries, you can actually afford to do almost anything you want in your free time (here I’m referring to hobbies, side-businesses, investments, etc.).

How did you get your current job?

I will talk about the job I have as a receptionist, since that is the one I would rank as a more “standard” job… In 2016 I have applied for an internship at First Hotel Aalborg, through UCN. As I was at the end of my bachelor, with only my final project left, I had the opportunity to stay with the company after my internship, as they had a night receptionist position open in Aarhus. So, I moved there and started working night shifts.

 The key was to have “the right attitude” throughout the entire internship and my first full-time job. Don’t ever imagine that finishing a degree will land you a top-level job immediately, especially not in service. People need to know you first, and see what you can deliver, which means months and sometimes years of hard-work (and smart work) and dedication.

After 7 months as a night receptionist, one of my colleagues quit, which opened a full-time spot during the day. I applied, got the job and I immediately got much more responsibility as well as the chance to work with many interesting companies and travel agencies. At the end of the following year, I decided to try my luck with starting my own company, which meant that I needed to step down from my full-time job at the hotel. I got offered a position as a reserve at First Hotel Aalborg (back where I had my internship), since they knew that they could trust me, and that I can step in and handle whatever they could throw my way, whenever they need an extra hand; so I decided to help out as a reserve.

Your advice to other international students?

There will be challenges. Denmark can be difficult to live in as an international in the beginning. 

In my experience, if you can distinguish yourself from the crowd and prove yourself, you will also be appreciated and treated as an equal.  I personally know internationals that went from promotion to promotion and have established themselves in leadership positions, because they have simply proven that they are the right person for the job – so everyone gets an equal opportunity and it’s all up to you to prove yourself.

Remember that not all educations will have the same career path. In fact, I couldn’t even name two of my classmates that are doing the same thing after they finished their education. You carve your own path based on what you enjoy doing. The key is to love what you do and be confident in your abilities, and the success stories will follow.

CEO & Owner at Visual-Fix

Meet Liviu from Romania

Meet Liviu from Romania

Name: Liviu Berecz
Nationality: Romanian
Programme at UCN: Design, Technology & Business (Graphics)
Year of graduation: 2014
Current employment: CEO & Owner at Visual-Fix

Why did you choose to study in Denmark?

Since high school, my passion for Design and Visual Arts was growing stronger and I already knew that this is what I want to pursue in my career. It was only a matter of which university to choose.

As I was researching through local and European Universities, a friend of mine introduced me to the Danish education and told me all about her experience as a student in Herning.

She talked highly about the Danish education system and told me she didn’t regret the decision of coming to Denmark.

In Romania, education in this field is very limited and not very up to date, therefore it was a much better decision to study abroad. Not to mention that it was a huge leap out of my comfort zone, which is always beneficial for every person’s evolution and development.

What made you decide to stay and work in Denmark after finishing your studies?

At this point, I believe most of my life revolved around Denmark already. I have made a lot of new friends which ended up becoming my best friends. Everything that was once new, strange and unfamiliar was now common and part of everyday life. Not to mention that the money that I was earning in Denmark could not be compared with what I could have earned in Romania. I must say that although there was nothing that was holding me in Denmark at this point, I kept postponing my decision to leave. I believe this is called “following your instinct”.

How did you get your current job?

Technically I didn’t get it, I created it. But to answer the question, I think it was a combination of the desire to make a change in the world, the desire to become independent, and a little bit of luck (being at the right place at the right time). Although, I always dreamt about having my own company and becoming an entrepreneur, I was more or less forced to follow this path.

The story starts in 2015. I started by freelancing for different clients. It was very little work in the beginning. At one point, I had one friend (who luckily enough is an influencer in Romania) posting on Facebook that he is looking for a Designer to build a Sales Page for his new book. I was more than eager to help, and I even offered myself to do it for free. After we were done, he was so satisfied that insisted to pay me for my work, but I didn’t want to accept. I was just happy to have the work done for him in my portfolio. He kept recommending me to people, which slowly brought in more work.

In 2018, my high school friend and I were having a casual beer at a bar, when we had the idea to copy everything that I’ve done in Romania, in Denmark. Our skills combined were everything that we needed to succeed in Denmark. 

Your advice to other international students?

When coming to Denmark, you should leave your expectations at the border. It’s nothing like you’ve experienced before. It’s a whole new world that will surprise you at every step until you blend in. Just be true to yourself and accept all the experiences that this beautiful country has to offer. My advice for you:

  • DREAM! Dream about everything you want to achieve. There is no such thing as impossible or too much. Just dream.
  • BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAMS AND FOLLOW THEM! - No matter what, never give up on your dreams. If you know what makes you happy, fight and find a way to make that dream a reality. There is no such thing as impossible.
  • GIVE A 110 PROCENT! Do 110 procent of what you’re supposed to do, give 110 procent of your energy 7 days a week and never leave your office without being satisfied with your performance. I promise your results will follow.
  • RELAX! Rome wasn’t built in a day. Don’t forget to smile, have fun and laugh with the dear ones around you. Remember that life isn’t all about work and in order to be truly happy, you need to find a balance.
  • NEVER GIVE UP! – Even when you don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel, remember what you’re fighting for. Remember your dreams, and never stop believing in them. This will give you the energy to keep pushing. To keep fighting and never give up!
Energy Engineer

Meet Halil from Bulgaria

Meet Halil from Bulgaria

Name: Halil Halilov
Nationality: Bulgarian
Programme at UCN: Energy Technologies (AP) and Energy Management (Top up)
Year of graduation: 2018
Current employment: Energy Engineer at Aalborg Portland A/S Denmark

Why did you choose to study in Denmark?

In my research, I found out Denmark had interesting view on energy where they have one of the most future focused energy policies. This enables both:

  • Many education opportunities for people that are interested in technologies and management methods focused on the energy grid.
  • A job market that requires people with education focused on analyzing, optimizing and overall managing energy.

What made you decide to stay and work in Denmark after finishing your studies?

During my first 2 years in Denmark, I was impressed by the number of opportunities for immigrants like me to implement myself into Denmark and Danish culture as much or as little as I wish. I enrolled in Danish classes and enjoyed many sides of the Danish culture like ‘hygge’ aka ‘comfy’ culture.

After those 2 years, I had committed on integrating myself into Denmark by taking even more Danish language courses and continued my education at UCN with a top-up program in Danish.

The best things about living and working in Denmark?

I really enjoy the focus on the future and the ample opportunities for young people.

How did you get your current job?

As a part of my bachelor’s degree, I get a 10-week internship at Aalborg Portland. I got the contact information at one of the career exhibitions. I got lucky because the previous energy engineer chose to quit his position, so the first few weeks of my internship, I was actively learning from the energy engineer of what his responsibilities were. After that I had to prove myself as the substitute. When Aalborg Portland posted the available position, I applied and the rest is history.

Your advice to other international students?

Firstly, be ready for cultural shock. There is a lot of things the Danes do very differently than what I am used to. Prepare to be adaptable.

Secondly, think of success like a train station you need to get to. In this maybe overcomplicated situation, opportunities are the trains that come from time to time. But you still need to put in a lot of hard work and dedication so you can have the ticket to be able to use the opportunity.

My point is being at the right place at the right time is very important, but putting in time and effort is also very relevant.

Business Developer

Meet Balázs from Hungary

Meet Balázs from Hungary

Name: Balázs Paulusz
Nationality: Hungarian
Programme at UCN: AP Energy Technology and BA Energy management 
Year of graduation: 2021
Current employment: Business Developer – Centrica Energy Trading, Aalborg

Why did you choose to study in Denmark?

It was quite a fast-paced decision to be honest. I was always thinking of studying in Hungary. My sister always had a huge impact on me when it came to studying. I wanted to follow her to the same university and stay with my high-school friends. My parents came home from a friend (where the son studied in Denmark) one day and told me that studying in Denmark is a nice opportunity. At that point I was like: “Nothing bad could happen from applying, worst case I can get accepted”. I started to talk with a friend who was studying at that time in Horsens, getting some information.

“Worst” case happened, and I got accepted to both the Hungarian and the Danish (UCN) university. My parents and my sister really pushed me to try continuing my education here. I accepted the place at the program, packed my stuff and flew here all alone. I am thankful for the push coming from my family.

What made you decide to stay and work in Denmark after finishing your studies?

I would say that the mindset of the people. I remember on my first day here I called my parents and told them: “Everyone here is so calm it is stressing me out”. People are happy, always down to earth, really friendly and supportive.

I was able to learn the danish language in the first 3 years. The last 1,5 years of my studies were also in Danish. Making Danish friends and being able to talk to anyone really made a good impact on my mood to stay here.

The city as well. Aalborg is a relatively small city with a lot of internationals. I used to live near the water during my whole life, so the fjord here really makes me feel more like home.

The best things about living and working in Denmark?

Great opportunities for evolving your current skills and knowledge, not mentioning the ability to work with the latest technologies and trends available. Understanding of the individual where family time, personal life, and hobbies matter just as much as the career. The company takes every opportunity to make you feel appreciated and to give you space and time for personal reasons.

How did you get your current job?

Right place and right time. In my first job during my studies, I was working on the weekends during the night and was really looking to get out of that so I started applying for jobs, I thought I could do. I applied to my current workplace, got called in for an interview and after then for another one. I started working as a student in June 2019 in a good team and switched in February 2021 to a full-time position in another great team within the company.

As for most of the students at UCN, there is a mandatory internship period of at least 10 weeks. I started to look for a position inside and outside of the company as well. My managers at that time helped me look for opportunities. I had two interviews for a position within the company to see if I would be the perfect pit or not. I started 4 months internship in September 2020 at the department called Green desk. I ended up writing my bachelor thesis with a project, I have started to work on there. They were really satisfied with me and offered me a full-time position within that team, which I accepted without hesitation.

Your advice to other international students?

Try to get the best out of every situation you find yourself in. It can be hard starting your life here but joining an organization or a sports club could turn around your life quickly. Everyone says that connections are almost the most important thing, and I cannot emphasize it enough. In the long run, going for some extra miles (learning danish, studying extra, working while studying) really pays off.

It is okay to go off-rail sometimes, you never know what happens there.

Digital Marketing Manager

Meet Antonia from Bulgaria

Meet Antonia from Bulgaria

Name: Antonia Chausheva
Nationality: Bulgarian
Programme at UCN: AP Service, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and BA International Sales and Marketing
Year of graduation: 2017
Current employment: Digital Marketing Manager – Trackunit, Aalborg

Why did you choose to study in Denmark?

My journey in Denmark started back in 2013, when I decided to start my higher education at UCN. During High school, I knew I wanted to study abroad so I contacted friends, family and previous high school students who already studied abroad to find out more information and choose the right place for me. I found it interesting, exciting, and scary at the same time and I thought “Yes, I am up for the challenge!”. I was looking at different options and I had heard great reviews for UCN from other students and I have a relative in Aalborg, so I thought it is a great way to start in a new place.

What made you decide to stay and work in Denmark after finishing your studies?

Very quickly, I fell in love with Aalborg and the Danish way of living, it is a mid-sized city with a lot of internationals, an airport nearby and I can bike to most places within 20 min. I like how structured, well-organized, and how many opportunities you have for further development. If you are hardworking, responsible, and ambitious, it is a great environment to achieve a lot.

How did you get your current job?

The way I started my career in Denmark, is my favourite story so far. As part of the education, we were required to have an internship and I had applied to a lot of companies already, so I always had this task at the back of my head. I was on the bus to Blokhus on a Sunday, a sunny town near the beach, when on the way I saw a building with huge windows, and I thought this looks like a nice place to work. So, I wrote down the company name on my phone and I applied on Monday for an internship position in Sales and Marketing. Four years later, I am still employed in the company. Trackunit is a leading technology company specialized in developing fleet management solutions across the globe, operating out of eight offices worldwide. I started as an intern for six months and I was offered a job as International Sales Coordinator. Recently, I shifted into the role of a Digital Marketing Manager, which has been a fantastic journey so far and a learning curve for me in the technology industry. What I like the most is how dynamic and open minded Trackunit is and the amazing opportunities it gives to learn, develop, and try different things.

Your advice to other international students?

If you meet me and ask me for an advice, I would most likely say: “Be open minded, keep your eyes open as you never know when and where the next opportunity will be presented to you. Invest in your network, be curious and do not be afraid to try something new.” In any case, you will win as you will either succeed or learn.

Project Coordinator

Meet Miguel from Portugal

Meet Miguel from Portugal

Name: Miguel Oliveira
Nationality: Portuguese
Programme at UCN: AP Service, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and BA International Hospitality Management
Year of graduation: 2013
Current employment: Project Coordinator - International House North Denmark, Aalborg Municipality

Why did you choose to study in Denmark?

I was at the stage of my life where I was considering different options in regards to studying further. I was sure I wanted to be more involved with service and the hospitality industry. Having had previous experiences of living abroad, I decided to also be open for the possibility of studying in another country other than Portugal. This is where I have found UCN and plenty of information on studying in Denmark. I was excited with the possibility to move to Denmark and that is how it all started. Some weeks later, I found myself travelling to Denmark with a 25kg luggage. Little did I know that I would find the Service, Tourism and Hospitality course and life in Aalborg amazing.

What made you decide to stay and work in Denmark after finishing your studies?

While taking an education at UCN and being quite active in the local community through cultural and sport organizations, I have found the Danish culture and Aalborg itself quite interesting. I became interested in the work-life balance that everyone used to tell me about and that was one of the major factors that influenced my decision. Along the way, I managed to have relevant internships and project collaborations that have strengthen my personal and professional network.

The best things about living and working in Denmark?

For me there are two important aspects about living and working in Denmark. The first one, I would need to say is the climate and weather. Coming from the warmest region in Portugal (if not the whole Europe), I became intrigued with experiencing four different yearly seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) and that was a contrast from the climate in my hometown. On the other hand, I believe the Work-Life-Balance that one can find in Denmark is of a great value and importance. Having the opportunity to understand the Danish job mentality and work culture, where employees experience a high degree of autonomy and empowerment at work, resulting in very responsible and balanced approach to our professional life. That means having more time to spend with your family and friends.

How did you get your current job?

I work in the municipality in a project named International House North Denmark, which focuses on supporting companies and international citizens. My tasks range from supporting companies in locating the right international talents (students or graduates) and helping them with identifying internationalization opportunities, to supporting international citizens with information about career opportunities in North Denmark. It is a balance between coordinating activities and being ready to help individuals and companies.

I like to think that I landed this job due to the fact that I was very active and involved in the international society once I was a student. The fact that I did radio at Aalborg Student Radio and participated in several other organizations where I could meet like-minded people and expand my network plays an important role in this achievement. By being proactive and showing interested in the challenges and opportunities of our international community in Aalborg, I quickly managed to have the opportunity to present some ideas to the universities and the International House North Denmark itself.

Your advice to other international students?

My strongest advice for other international students who are considering a career in Denmark is to be active and engaged. Taking initiative and being proactive can open many doors and it will spark many other opportunities for personal and professional development. As an international student, we face challenges such as not knowing the Danish language, or the culture of the country and I can assure you that if you join a sports club, a student organization or embrace the opportunities that the local society offers, you will find encouragement and many different experiences that will bring you close to a job and a life in Denmark.

Digital Marketing Manager

Meet Egle from Lithuania

Meet Egle from Lithuania


Name: Egle Segzdaite


Nationality: Lithuanian


Programme at UCN: International Sales and Marketing


Year of graduation: 2019


Current employment: Digital Marketing Manager – Dynaway

Why did you choose to study in Denmark?

Before graduating from high school, I decided that I wanted to study abroad and shortlisted three countries: Denmark, The Netherlands, and England. Based on different criteria, Denmark was a top choice for certain! First and foremost, I chose to study in Denmark because of the practice and dialogue-based education, which I believe is very important in order to be prepared for a future job.  

What made you decide to stay and work in Denmark after finishing your studies?

During my second year in Denmark, I realized that I wanted to stay here after my studies because of the high living standards, awesome working culture and nice people.

The best things about living and working in Denmark?

I think the best thing about working in Denmark is equality in general. Even when I worked in a hotel in housekeeping, I felt respected; there is basically no gap between a manager and a cleaning lady.

I also feel that people in Denmark are happy. Yes, people are complaining most of the time because we are human beings, but the mood in the air is still happiness, and it affects me as well. We have a saying in Lithuania that happiness is contagious. And I definitely experience that every day!

How did you get your current job?

I got this job through a reference. My classmate was asked to recommend someone with similar skills to hers. After I received the contact information of my future boss, we agreed on an interview within a few minutes. Two days after, I already had a job!

Reference is probably the most powerful way to get a job. As my manager trusted my classmate, he didn't doubt her opinion, and he was already half-convinced that I should get hired, even before the interview.

What do you like most about your job?

 When it comes to my professional job, I love the fact that the company I work for has a flat organizational structure, meaning that everyone in the company is involved in the process of decision making, and their opinion is considered.

Even though, I am rather young and don't have that much professional experience, I get to make important strategic decisions regarding marketing. 

My job is very creative and every day is different. I also get to decide what I want to do most of the days. The company trusts me to prioritize my tasks according to their vision, meaning that there is a lot of responsibility and individuality. I am not micro-managed and get to make my own decisions.

Additionally, our company supports and invests in employees. If I would like to advance my skills or knowledge, I can ask to be sent to courses of my choice, and the company will pay for it as well as let me take education during working hours.

Last but not least, company parties, Friday beers, work-life balance and informal (sometimes laid-back) attitude makes your weekdays a little bit less stressful. 

Your advice to other international students who consider a career in Denmark?

My advice to other international students who consider a career in Denmark would be to:

Network: Go to events, all kinds of events and talk to people! Focus on what you can do for the company when applying for jobs or during the interviews. Be very specific. For example, I know how to Optimize Search Engine vs. I can increase your company's ranking on Google Search to attract more visitors to your website.

Professional Development: Spend time on your development, build your skills every day! Find online courses, certifications, watch YouTube videos, you name it! And don't forget to highlight them on your CV and LinkedIn.

Innovation Solution Analyst

Meet Martina from Czech Republic

Meet Martina from Czech Republic

Name: Martina Lokajova
Nationality: Czech Republic
Programme at UCN: Marketing Management
Year of graduation: 2017
Current employment: Innovation Solution Analyst at Cludo

Why did you choose to study in Denmark?

Since I was in primary school, I dreamt about studying abroad. At the time, I had only the US and the UK in mind. I had not considered Denmark until we had a presentation at our high school by an agency promoting studying in Denmark and the Netherlands. Denmark caught my attention thanks to the following:

Project-based teaching style - less theory and more group projects with real-life cases. Coming from a country where group assignments are not a common part of the curriculum, I was tired of memorizing tons of information without putting it in practice.

High living standards in Denmark - I knew from the media that Denmark (and Scandinavia in general) has high living standards.

What made you decide to stay and work in Denmark after finishing your studies?

My choice to stay was a no-brainer.
Firstly, I knew about the great work-life balance which is, in most cases, supported by Danish companies - no matter whether they are operating only locally or internationally. Even now, when I work full-time, I get to play basketball 2-3 times a week for a team, as well as study Chinese during the week because my working hours are very flexible and it is not expected of me to stay overtime, if it is not necessary. Secondly, based on your experience, you are encouraged to share your opinion and take responsibility in your workplace even if you have just started to work for the first time after graduating. This could be surprising for people coming from a background with companies that consist of a complex hierarchy. Thirdly, I love the vibe of Denmark. I feel like you can be whoever you want to be, and no one will judge you because Denmark is a place with so many different cultures sharing this tiny country. Lastly, the average salary for young professionals seems to be good enough not only to live day-to-day but also to save quite some money (especially if you are in a sales position where you on top of your salary earn commission).

The best things about living and working in Denmark?

The best things about living and working in Denmark are the reasons why I chose to stay, so my answers are above (I got to observe all that during my part-time jobs and then I could decide based on those observations whether to stay or not).

Where do you work?

I work for a SaaS company Cludo that is helping over 800 companies from 39+ industries worldwide provide a good site search experience for their website users (something like a Google search but just for your own website). In short, it is an intelligent site search solution with insights into search analytics. Cludo is still sort of a start-up/scale-up.

My current position is a Partner Account Manager which means that I am building and maintaining relationships with other technology companies and digital agencies who are referring or reselling our solution. There has been a lot going on since I joined in February last year, which is great because I never get bored. Besides building up a partnership strategy and having hundreds of calls and demos with partners and prospects worldwide, I get to travel to conferences and visit our US office which is always fun.

How did you get your current job?

I think I was quite lucky. Around three months before my graduation, I was browsing job posts to see what kind of jobs I would like to apply for after graduating based on a current demand on the market. During that time, I clicked on a post by Cludo on Graduateland and the HR from Cludo could see that I viewed the post. She reached out to me directly on LinkedIn to ask if I would be interested in hearing more about a new job opening that they had for the Danish office. Of course, I said yes and that is how the interview process started. I went through four interviews before I got the final offer.

Your advice to other international students?

If you are scared that you will not get a job, don’t be. If you put the time and the work into building up a strong CV before you graduate, a lot of companies will want to get you on board. Some ways to do that would be e.g., through volunteering in NGOs, part-time internships in start-ups during your studies, and part-time student positions in companies when you already have some experience.

You might have heard other people complaining that they cannot find a job and I am sure there are some who truly have bad luck, but I believe that if you try hard enough in whatever you do, you will eventually succeed and that applies also for finding your dream job in Denmark.

Marketing Coordinator

Meet Marie from Czech Republic

Meet Marie from Czech Republic

Name: Marie Kotaskova
Nationality: Czech Republic
Programme at UCN: Marketing Management
Year of graduation: 2017
Current employment: Marketing Coordinator at LBN Medical

Why did you choose to study in Denmark?

From the beginning of high school, I played with the idea of studying abroad. I was deciding between different countries and universities and chose Denmark because of its approach to education, which focuses on hands-on experience, project work and internships.

What made you decide to stay and work in Denmark after finishing your studies?

The main thing for me is the Danish work-life balance, flat hierarchy, approachable colleagues, and managers in the company I work for. Also, living conditions and the safety net that Denmark provides. Everything seems to be well connected, not too bureaucratic.

Over the past 5 years, Denmark became my home.

The best things about living and working in Denmark?

The previously mentioned work-life balance. I love that in most Danish companies, the working day is usually from 8am to 4pm and employees are not expected to work after hours, that’s their free time, which I appreciate a lot. I also enjoy the fact that Danes work smarter, rather than harder, which makes them more effective, but also gives them more time to spend with their families, friends and on their hobbies.

The Danes are great in English and most major Danish cities are quite international, hence, it is easy to communicate with everyone and also create a network. 

Tell us about your job

I currently work as a marketing assistant at LBN Medical, a worldwide reseller of pre-owned medical imaging equipment. Most of my responsibilities are in digital marketing, I am taking care of content marketing, writing blog posts and creating videos, search engine optimization (SEO), managing Social Media marketing, both organic and paid. Over the last 3,5 years, I have also been involved in different projects such as the utilization of our CRM system by our sales department and preparations for fairs. 

How did you get your current job?

I started working for LBN Medical as a marketing intern in January 2017, which was part of my education at UCN, and I got offered a student position from April 2017. I have been in this company ever since.

What do you like most about your job?

My colleagues and the atmosphere at the company, I look forward to going to work every day. I have a variety of tasks and I have been given a lot of responsibilities, which is very motivating. There is always something new to learn and I have many opportunities to develop myself both personally and professionally.

Your advice to other international students who consider a career in Denmark?

My biggest advice would be to be proactive - get involved in different volunteering activities, network and always be learning. That will definitely pay off.

To have more possibilities while looking for a job in Denmark, speaking Danish is a plus, but not a must.

BIM/ICT specialist

Meet Stjepan from Croatia

Meet Stjepan from Croatia


Name: Stjepan Mikulic

Nationality: Croatian

Programme at UCN: BA degree in Architectural Technology and Construction Management

Year of graduation: 2019

Current employment: BIM/ICT specialist and CBS (cross-border sourcing) coordinator at Sweco Denmark

Why did you choose to study in Denmark?

I chose to study in Denmark due to a great opportunity I saw in the Architectural Technology & Construction Management course. I believe how studying abroad enriches you with not only new experiences, but also a new perspective. This comes from meeting a different culture, a different system, and new people, essentially creating a more well-rounded person.

What made you decide to stay and work in Denmark after finishing your studies?

With a nationally certified diploma, you become professionally recognized in Denmark for what you know - as long as you know how to use what you've learned. That being said, I have simply seen a wide range of opportunities after graduating from UCN and being able to speak Danish (a crucial asset in my opinion), I have not only been able to apply for jobs in Danish, yet maintain a large network of Danish friends which enrich my social life. If I had not learned Danish, joined a local basketball club, and integrated myself into the society in the best way possible - I would eventually return to my home country.

I stayed in Denmark due to a great opportunity I found in my work, where I'm able to develop myself in the areas of my choice. The economic prosperity I secured has not only helped me to stand firmly on my feet, yet it has greatly benefitted my family in my home country. Being a son and a brother that my parents and siblings can be proud of gives me great motivation for keep pursuing my dreams in Denmark.

The best things about living and working in Denmark?

Great opportunities for development of your skills and knowledge and the ability to work with the latest technology and trends. Understanding of the individual, where family time, personal life, and hobbies matter just as much as the career. Openness and bluntness in business encounters.

How did you get your current job?

By being active on LinkedIn and consistent in my job pursuit, I saw my current boss' post and decided to apply - via an SMS! This was my 60th application and my first interview, where I finally landed a job after 3 circles of screening. The importance of being very active on LinkedIn, contributing to your society and your professional network cannot be overstated.

I work at Sweco, a large engineering corporation of 17,000 people with 1,250 employees in Denmark. In my department, there are 250 people, where the company is managed in a decentralized way, giving great freedom to offices and individuals to affect decisions and introduce changes. I was employed as an Architectural Technologist, where my further development was my own choice. I am currently a BIM Specialist, designing and modelling new buildings all around Denmark.

Your advice to other international students?

Give your best to integrate into the society (i.e. learn Danish) and always go beyond the norm. Don't get satisfied with 'just' the diploma yet make an extra step in an area of your interest, as this extra thing will surely help you to land a job. Always go beyond of what is asked of you and you will be rewarded greatly.

Contact

Karoline Synkesen Rasmussen
International Consultant

+45 72 69 13 62
kara@ucn.dk
Tue Werner Mikkelsen
International Consultant

+45 72 69 13 05
tfm@ucn.dk