Part-Time Jobs- Is it possible?

Hello all!

Are you a new student at KTH? or perhaps someone wondering about the possibility of earning while you study? Please go on reading the blog post.

Recently, I have been getting a lot of questions regarding part-time jobs, summer jobs, thesis, and work prospects after graduation. So, I thought I would write a detailed post about what my friends and I do to earn some money while still studying.

Part-Time Jobs

Sweden is a very expensive place to live in. The rent, travel, and food together will for sure cost you about 4000-7000 SEK depending on how you spend. You can read about my monthly expenses in here. Having an opportunity to work part-time while studying will definitely be useful at least to spend on travels or food and can ease the tension on your budget a great deal . Finding a part-time job isn’t a very difficult thing and it mostly depends on your skills and preferences. I am listing down few possibilities in here, hope you find it useful.

Research Assistantship/ Teaching Assistantship

RA and TA are the most common part-time jobs on campus, especially in the US. Well, it is not very common here but the most convenient one for sure. You can definitely work as a teaching assistant for a professor or research assistant in the Lab because they pay pretty well, they can actually cover your rent. Also, the work isn’t very difficult as they align with your stream. It probably will make life more interesting. At least that’s what I feel from my experience working as an RA in the lab. You can read a bit more about my RA work profile in my LinkedIn if you’re very interested 🙂

The opportunities are certainly many and wide. You will usually get to know about the requirements from the teaching assistants, professors and sometimes friends. But getting selected into one could be highly competitive, often times they have a very specific requirement. And, only if you fit in that requirement or show genuine interest to spend extra time to learn it, will they take you in. Since the competition is pretty high from other international students, this can be quite difficult to get in unless you really fulfill their requirement. When I have found an RA job for myself, am sure you can find as well. Networking is the key to know about openings while getting selected depends on your skillset.

International Relations Office

Being a student blogger, a student ambassador, Instagram and Facebook page curator are few of the many jobs that one can be offered by the International Relations Office. Usually, openings for these positions are posted on the KTH website. You will not receive any email asking you to apply. You will have to keep looking for it on the website and apply promptly on time. The selection process will be based on your motivation and your performance in the interview. Sometimes, your school will have to recommend you as well. So, different positions may have different processes and you can read about them in the job description. They pay quite well to at least take care of your monthly food expense. Again, they are all quite competitive as one would expect them to be 🙂

Foodora/ Saravanaa Bhavan/ Espresso House/Pubs

Apart from the jobs on the campus, there are other jobs that one can do in their spare-time and make more money than the campus jobs actually. Most of these jobs don’t require you to know Swedish. English will just be enough. Well, Few might demand basic Swedish language, which you can learn in your first period and then start working. Or, you can also start learning already using apps like Duolingo, Babbel, Memrise etc. They are pretty good to get you started. I have many friends who work in Foodora, which is basically a food delivery job and it pays pretty well. A fun job to go around the city on your bike during the summer and get paid for it! You can also be a customer attendant at restaurants. Since Saravanaa Bhavan started quite recently here, I have a lot of my friends who work part-time at the restaurant for a good pay and get free Indian food as well.  Being a DJ in a pub or bartender are also few available options for the skilled ones.

Part-time software programmer/ consultant

If you are good at software programming, getting a part-time job can be quite easy. They pay on an hourly basis and you have the luxury of working from home while attending weekly meetings either at the office or on Skype. These are quite convenient. They don’t demand Swedish language. You have absolute flexible timing and comfort. But finding these are not very easy, you must broaden your network and tell your contacts that you’re looking for one.  One good tip is to always keep your profile updated on LinkedIn. Nothing works like networking in Sweden and this should be your mantra if you want to find a job, be it part-time or full-time. Networking!

Study buddy/ Babysitting/ participating in research experiments

There are also other fun jobs that don’t really take much of your mind and time. Like tutoring a kid during the weekends or babysitting. These are quite simple and is often on a case by case assignment basis. There are many websites like this one, where you can sign up and they will notify you if you fit in any requirement, you get paid if you take it up. There are often some simple jobs like helping parents in dropping the kids at school in the mornings and that half an hour time with little lovely children can pay you quite a sum as well. Apart from these, researchers often conduct experiments that require volunteers who get paid or get a cinema ticket for taking part. Two weeks back, I was in an economics related research that paid me 500 SEK for playing a game for one hour with my other friends. Quite a fun way to make some money to spend your weekend without feeling guilty, if you know what I mean 😉

Summer Jobs

Summers are the best time to work and you can make as much as 120 SEK per hour.So, you will work for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for 6 to 8 weeks. Now, you do the math. That’s a quite a sum! Also, the experience and the industry contacts! Armada is the place to start with for your summer jobs. You can read about Armada here. Most of my friends have already found summer jobs, including myself :). The key is to apply early and NETWORKING, of course!

Final Word of Caution

One thing to always remember is that you are here to study at the moment. Making money can always be done after finishing the programme. So, don’t get into very demanding jobs and make sure you don’t lose your concentration on your studies cause of the part-time jobs. It is important to have a balance. I would recommend getting an on-campus job as they are not very demanding and one at the Lab can motivate you a great deal to further your studies and career, plus it is safer. Choose your part-time at your own discretion because the university has nothing to do if it is not offered by the university. So, don’t get into any trouble. As such the resident visa for student doesn’t have any restriction on part-time jobs but do give you maximum time for academics.

I hope this blog helped you! Good luck!

If you have any questions, I request you to post it here in the comment section because I often happen to miss the chats in my social media accounts. Thank you for understanding 🙂

 

Are you admitted to study at KTH?

Congratulations!

If you are here, you are probably been admitted to KTH or you’re in the reserve list. Well, then go on reading, cause this blog post is for you!

April 6th is indeed a big day for many because the selection results for the master’s application was published in the universityadmissions portal. But, right after you see your decision, it is quite natural to have a million questions about what to do next. Even though everything is clearly listed in the portal, sometimes we need to hear the same thing again from a person just to make sure that we are doing it right. It is, of course, understandable because this is one of the most important phases of every student’s life. A big decision, a huge expense and one hell of a process for sure.

Alright, let’s get down to business now…

Admitted/ Conditionally admitted

Okay, this is one question that is flooding my inbox right now, “I am conditionally admitted! What does that mean? Do I have a chance?”. Relax! Conditionally admitted is what most of you will be seeing. If you are a fee-paying student, that is, if you don’t belong to the EU/ EEA countries, then this is what you will see. Your status in the portal will be conditionally admitted until you have paid your fees. If you’re a scholarship holder or if you for some reason have already paid, then wait for a few weeks for it to change. So, don’t be alarmed if you see that you’re conditionally admitted. It mostly means that you’re admitted. Congrats!

Also, conditionally admitted can be your status if you haven’t submitted any of the documents-your university mark sheet or so. In this case, you will be communicated by email in the coming days regarding what you need to do. Check your email every day. And, dont forget to visit New at KTH page.

Replying to your offer

You don’t need to necessarily reply if you’re accepting the offer, usually. But, if you are planning to decline the offer, then please decline so in the portal!

It is quite common that students apply to multiple universities. So, if you have gotten admission to another university elsewhere and you know that you won’t be going to KTH. Then, it is very important that you decline the offer before the deadline because your decision will free up space for the people on the waiting list.

I am placed on the waiting list

This is a bit tricky situation. If you’re on the waiting list, you still have a chance to get admitted. And, your waiting list number doesn’t mean much. So, don’t lose hope yet. If the people who got admitted happen to decline, then you have a chance. So until all that process is done, there is still a possibility that you can get a spot. Keep checking the portal!

Deleted/ Not-processed

If you see either of these, then you probably didn’t meet the entry requirements or you didn’t submit your application on time or you got admitted to another programme or university that you had marked with a higher priority. You cannot do much in here but you can write to the universityadmissions portal if you have any questions.

So, What Next?

Now that you’re admitted to KTH, you must be so concerned about so many other things. Relax again! KTH will communicate all the instructions very soon by email, probably, in two or three weeks.  The tuition fee invoices will also be emailed to you by mid-April or earlier. You can start arranging funds because the deadline could be around the end of May. If you’re going to take out a loan, you can download your notifications letter in the universityadmissions portal, cause the bank guys will ask you that. This is your official offer letter. KTH will not send you any other official letter for your loan or VISA process, unlike the many US universities that we are very used to seeing.

 Alright, I know that you cannot really wait until the email communications from KTH to arrive, so in the meantime, I can tell you about few things that you can look into 🙂

Residence Permit

If you are someone from the non-EU/EEA countries then you need a residence permit to be able to live and study in Sweden. The Swedish Migration Agency, Migrationsverket is responsible for giving out the residence permit.

You can start applying for the residence permit once you are done paying your tuition fee. The residence permit is given for a maximum period of 13 months and then you will have to apply for an extension in your second year. I will be writing a detailed blog post about the residence permit process very soon. But, for now, it is good to start looking into the process and prepare all the documents that are needed. You can click here to read about it.

Accommodation

The next best thing to be researching about is to where you would like to live in Stockholm. And, this depends on your budget, comfort preferences, the location of your school, etc. Again, I will be writing a detailed blog post about this as well. In the meantime, you can read about the various accommodations available for KTH student in here. Also, I hope you are aware that KTH gives you a guaranteed 11 months accommodation facility for the international fee-paying students and scholarship holders who have been admitted to either the master’s or the Bachelor’s programme.

You can start by seeing where you could possibly be having your classes because KTH has campuses across the city, so it is wiser to live nearby. The next thing is to consider the type of accommodation- corridor room, shared room, studio apartment etc. And, the biggest thing is to consider the cost and to see if it fits your budget. Master’s is a costly affair, so planning is crucial. We’ll talk more about accommodation in the coming blog posts. I am just giving you a heads up now.

Courses

Now that you’re admitted, everything will eventually fall in place and you will start understanding the process better with every email you get from KTH and by reading the blogs over and over again, that’s what I did. But one more important step in the process is to look into your courses. I know that you must have already looked into the programme, the courses and that’s why you even applied, but now is the time to take a closer look at every course, to see when they are being given, how much load it would be, if you can manage to have the kinda courses you are planning to take each period. A bit of research about courses will help you better understand and structure your master’s programme. Again, a detailed blog about understanding your courses, study plan etc is on its way soon.

Alright, I hope this post helped you all. If you want to know more about anything, drop a comment and I will write a detailed blog post if needed. As promised in this post, the other blogs will be posted shortly. Good luck to you all and congratulations once again!

~Sindhu

An evening with the Nobel Laureates – Student’s Nobel NightCap!

Hej all!

I have been waiting to write this blog past couple of months and today is the day. It is quite a wide known fact that the Nobel prize is awarded in Stockholm every year on the 10th December which is the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death. The award ceremony is held in the Stockholm Concert Hall and it is immediately followed by the Nobel Banquet at the Stockholm City Hall. But that’s not it, there is also an after party that follows the Nobel Banquet – The Student’s Nobel NightCap. This party is organized by one of the four student unions of the four main universities in Stockholm every year. Everyone who attends the Nobel Banquet is invited to this after party in addition to few invited guests including the sponsors. This time the Student’s Nobel NightCap was organized by the Medicinska Föreningen at Karolinska institutet and guess what I had a chance to go!

This indeed a special kind of an event because it starts really late in the night and goes on till the morning! A night filled with complete awesomeness to celebrate the Nobel Laureates. The fascinating thing about the event is that every year it is designed to be based on a theme and the theme is secret every time!

So, I was extremely excited about the party because I haven’t attended a mega-interesting, super huge and super high profile party as this one ever! The dress code for the evening was White-tie. Do you wanna know how serious this event was? Here is a copy paste of the dress code description of the event.

Dress code

Dress code is white tie, the most formal attire. Guest can come either in white tie and tails (explained in detail below), evening gown (explained in detail below) formal military attire, or formal attire from any other culture.

White tie and tails

  • Black tailcoat with silk facings, sharply cut away at the front
  • Black trousers with two rows of braid down each leg
  • White stiff-fronted shirt with white stiff wing collar attached to the shirt with collar studs
  • White bowtie
  • White, low-cut waistcoat
  • Black dress socks and black formal shoes
  • Shirt studs and cufflinks should be silver or white. A white handkerchief is usually worn

Evening gown

  • Floor-length, formal evening dresses of any style or design
  • Evening bags should be small and elegant
  • Long gloves and shawls can be worn, but are optional

Yes! Now you get what am talking about! Here are some pictures from the event along with my experience…

 The theme of the event was kinda like the different areas of the Brain Tree. I don’t know if that’s what you call it. Every room had a different set-up aligned with the main theme, like “Creativity”,”Logic”,”Memory”,”Dreams”,”Subconscious”,Imagination”,”Pleasure”,”Illusions”, “Brain Freeze”, etc. It was well thought out and meticulously planned and executed event.

There were a ton of entertainment performances like music, dance and a lot more. Everything was very professional and I was totally mind-blown. Actually, I couldn’t believe it was my life, I was there and was indeed living it. It was too good to be real.

So, That’s how I was dressed for the event. An Indian gown. It is quite rare to see bright colored outfits here. People usually prefer darker shades in Sweden. But you do find bright reds and Blues. Now go back to the above picture, and see if you can spot me in the ball room. 😛

There were fun stuff to do like glowing face painting, yeah one could get their face painted like that.

This was a very interesting room, the Brain Freeze themed one. We were served special coffee that was brewed for 10 hours and was served in a glass made of ice. Yes, a glass carved out of ice! This place kinda felt like a frozen Narnia throne room. I am sure you would agree with that one. 

And, of course great musical performances, magic shows, ball dances; the fun element was just endless!

Evenings like these are just not about fun, food, and frolic. Not in Sweden! These are opportunities to network, make friends and build contacts. And, I am not missing out on those aspects, definitely! I met a lot of amazing people and made really good friends. It was very interesting to meet so many international folks and indeed very fascinating to hear the story of their journey to Sweden. The best part of such events is that you get to meet and make conversations with people in a very relaxed environment. And, such conversations are always incredible!

The Lovely Ladies!

SNNC made this night even more amazing by giving us a lot of intellectual experiences.  We had the opportunity to use this interactive 3-dimensional brain anatomy teaching tool. I hope I am describing it right, of course, medicine is not my domain, but it was definitely fascinating.

WOW! Interactive 3D Brain Anatomy!

Another super-interesting experience was tasting the raspberry flavored bacterium in a petri dish! Yes, it was one particular kind of bacteria that tastes like raspberry and it was served in a real petri dish! I tasted it. It was real. Legitimate. I am alive! I was initially very hesitant to try it, its definitely scary when someone offers you a bacterium to eat! Anyway, the event is by Karolinska, for Nobel prize winners, so it must be 100% safe. So, I went ahead and tried it. Man!  I was taken by complete surprise and was totally amazed! Oh dear heavens! It did taste like raspberry!

That is how it looked. This is no joke!

While I was spending my time enjoying the evening with great food and drinks, I was perpetually waiting to get a glimpse of the Nobel prize winners. It was a long wait until the Nobel Laureates arrived. But, good things don’t happen easily and it was so much worth the wait because we finally got the opportunity to meet the Nobel prize winners. And, something more amazing happened- Kip Stephen Thorne was so happy to take a picture with us! I’m not even kidding! He is one of the winners of the Nobel prize for physics, 2017. He was awarded the Nobel for his decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.

It was such a privilege to be able to meet these amazing people who have contributed so much to their fields.  Each and every cell in my body was filled with inspiration. In fact, I could feel the chills in my bones and blood during our conversations. This is definitely the opportunity of my lifetime. I’m so very glad for everything that’s happening since the day I moved to Sweden to study at KTH.  Blessings come in different forms, the opportunity to study at KTH is definitely the form of my blessing.

The Best Picture Ever! – with The Nobel Laureate Kip S. Thorne

This evening and my conversations with such amazing people made me realize one thing that the great scientists don’t do their research to win a Nobel Prize,  or fame, or money or anything materialistic. They do it because they love what they do and they want to bring a breakthrough in what they do. It is their quest for excellence in their field. It is their groundbreaking journey to uncover the mysteries or to solve the conundrums for the benefit of their field and humankind. When one puts their heart and soul in what they love, success, recognition, and appreciation just follow.

It was a lovely evening with lots of food, fun, and learning. Definitely, one of the best memories KTH and Stockholm has given me. So, If you’re gonna be in Stockholm on december 10th, try to get a ticket to attend the event. It’s mind-blowing!

See ya!

Let’s Build eV14!

Hej fellow folks!

The exam week is over, period 4 has started with crazy clashing lecture schedules. But, what is happening at the KTH Formula Student Garage these days? Well, we have started manufacturing our car- eV14!

This year we are very excited to take part in the Formula Student 2018 competition at Silverstone, UK!  We are in fact super excited because we will be also running the car DRIVERLESS!  Yes, we are talking about the autonomous drive system indeed! The competition is scheduled to be held between 11th and 15th of July. With every passing day, we are approaching closer to the BIG DAY and we need to have a race ready car quite soon! But as we often say, it is the process that means to us more than the end product itself. The learning, the experience and the satisfaction of being able to successfully complete this project are what that make this journey exciting, valuable and enjoyable.

So let’s have a quick look at our manufacturing process!

At KTH formula Student, we believe in manufacturing a quality product. Robustness, Reliability, and Quality are very important to us. Of course, a safe car is our paramount objective. So, we have kickstarted our manufacturing process by having a couple of training workshops from our industry partners themselves. Indeed, training is very critical because every component being used is of top-notch quality and is equally expensive. So, learning to use the tools and following good engineering practices to design and implement each and every component are very important in the manufacturing process.

A training session to use LEMO connectors.

It is not always the workshops, we also visit companies. A few of us were at Koenigsegg Automotive AB recently. What is cooler than learning from the experts themselves! It was extremely inspiring to learn their story about how they started a supercar company and grew to be immensely successful, not a pinch deterred by the naysayers. Indeed, “If they say it’s impossible, prove them wrong!”

The Beast!

Here are some pictures that show what is it like to be in the garage every day. Our typical day look like these!

Men at work!

’cause PCBs are important!

We have fun at work ’cause we enjoy what we do!

eV14 – Taking Shape!

Closer to the goal each day!

Not always men, we have a woman at work as well! 😛

Every day there is a new problem to solve, a new challenge to tackle and a ton of learnings and that is exactly what this project is all about- True Engineering. When the goal ahead is crystal clear and when we have solid inspiration and guidance from our alumni, the motivation to build the most awesome car is always growing. Stay tuned to the blog to know more about our progress. A Race-Ready Car is just in the making!

See ya!

~Sindhu

Oh My Dear Exams!

Hej! Hej!

It’s that time of the year again! It feels like the new year celebrations were just over yesterday and its like 3 months already and the exam week is here! Time simply flies. Yesterday, I had an interesting conversation with Mega, my neighbor in the corridor. Both of us felt that times were so happy and slow paced when we were kids. One year felt like proper ONE YEAR, unlike now! Is it because of the fact that am growing older? more responsibilities? or, just the grad life? or, is the world changing? are everyone’s life so fast paced that you feel like time flies and its so much about finishing you tasks, deadlines, paying your monthly rent, doing those daily chores and is it just about successfully completing every day than actually living every day? I mean what is it… I would really love to hear your perspective.

Anyway, let’s get to the topic! Exams! Exams are just so annoying, don’t you think? But, if it had not been for these exams, I wonder if I would do all this serious studying ever!

This time, my exams are a big joke I guess. I mean, seriously! I have two exams on the same day! I have taken two courses during this period apart from TaMoS, Modulation of Power Electronics Converters and hybrid and Embedded Control Systems. First of all, I have greatly underestimated these two courses. They are difficult as heck! Secondly, my India trip messed with this entire period since I happened to miss the first few early lectures and I fell sick in India, which means I missed a couple of more lectures when I returned. Thanks to the extreme pristine living conditions in Sweden that my body got used to! So, when I started attending the lectures, I felt so out of place since I lacked the continuity from the earlier lectures. So, to sum it up, I am in a huge puddle of a mess right now.  🙁

And, yeah of course both the exams on the same day! What were my teachers thinking?

So, this is how am gonna tackle. If I give both my exams, I am pretty sure I would flunk in both of them. So, I am thinking of preparing for one and clearing that. At least, it looks feasible to me than giving two exams on the same day. I can actually simply give the other exam a try by not preparing much for it. But, to ruin it all, the other exam is in the morning and the one I want to give is in the evening. So, I really don’t wanna depress myself by a bad exam and spoil the one I want to clear. Anyway, I think I might change my mind. Or maybe not. Well, I am on two thoughts right now. Do you have any suggestions for me?

I came across these funny memes when I was looking for the above memes. I hope they will cheer you up a bit during these tougher times 😛

Least I have some Idea! 😛

I can’t get enough of Game of Thrones!

No! Don’t do this after your exams! Haha!

I know right! I know! I heard the same line today, I bet he was laughing in his head!

And Finally! Wish you the best for the upcoming Exams!

Love,

~Sindhu 🙂