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5 tips for finding a job in Sweden

The question of work after graduation is relevant and I decided to prepare for you a step-by-step guide on how to get a job in Sweden after graduation)

Citizens of countries outside the EU can apply to stay in Sweden for up to six months after graduation to find a job. And if you find one, you can apply for a work permit to stay here and start your career.

Here are 9 tips to help you take the first step in your career.

1. Register with your university’s Career Center

The priority in your career search should be to visit the career center at your university. They offer a wide range of services to help you in your job search: career counseling (often in English), help with resume and cover letter writing, seminars and workshops, training in interview techniques, and study visits to potential employers. Career centers also tend to provide listings of available jobs, internships, and graduation projects.

2. Attend job fairs

Swedish international companies such as Volvo, IKEA, and Skanska, large national banks, public sector employers, and other companies regularly attend job fairs to meet potential new hires. Job fairs offer the opportunity to see and interact with employers in your field, as well as face-to-face conversations and take part in helpful workshops. Among the main fairs are CHARM at Chalmers in Gothenburg, Handelsdagarna at the Stockholm School of Economics, eee-days at Lund University, and Uniden at Umeå University. Some fairs are not tied to universities, such as Career Days in Stockholm.

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You must be prepared: bring a stack of resumes and cover letters and think about the companies you want to talk to and how to impress them. Send back emails to representatives of the companies you spoke to – they may be useful contacts in the future.

3. Learn Swedish

Almost everyone in Sweden speaks English – it’s true. Here you can easily get an education without knowing a word of Swedish. Some large companies, even Swedish ones, have English as a corporate language. But when it comes to finding a job and building a social life after graduation, being fluent in Swedish will open many doors for you.

Even if you are looking for a job where fluency in English is required or where a native English speaker is preferred, your ability to speak even a little Swedish will give you an advantage. You will also impress your new co-workers and connect with them faster and easier.

Most universities offer Swedish courses for international students. Take the opportunity, you won’t regret it!

4. Get an internship

You can gain relevant experience and build your professional network through internships. Even if they don’t lead directly to a job offer, you will have a recommendation from a Swedish company and meaningful information for your resume. 

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Try to find options through international student organizations such as AIESEC and IAESTE. Or why not try your luck and contact a company you would like to intern with?

5. Find a part-time job while studying

Working part-time while studying can act as a springboard for your career. The competition for this kind of job can be fierce, but if you’re proactive and knocking on every door. Armed with a stack of resumes, preferably in Swedish, you can be successful.

A useful resource is Academicwork.se, which serves to connect student job seekers with companies looking for part-time employees.

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