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.


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 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 favorite 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.

BIM/ICT specialist and CBS coordinator

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

Doinita Mihaela Serban
International Consultant

+45 72 69 13 58
dos@ucn.dk
Tue Werner Mikkelsen
International Consultant

+45 72 69 13 05
tfm@ucn.dk