As the admission results date draws nigh, this has to be the question that I have received the most from different students. My answer might be glaring, considering I have worked/ still working, and I have friends that have had jobs ever since they got to Sweden. In fact, I was just over the moon some days back as one of my friends recently also got a job!!! Therefore, the simple answer to this question is YESSS!!!!!!!!!!!
However, as a student, who just moved into a new country, navigating through your new environment to understand how it works might be a bit hectic. Therefore, I will share some tips that I have learned along the way and I think would be useful as you decide to start this journey 🙂
Well written cover letters and CVs
The way the CV especially is written differs from country to country or continent to continent. There are basic things that remain the same but I would tell you the style in which my Curriculum Vitae was written before I moved here is very different from what it is now. My first stop for help was KTH. I can tell you now that, KTH Career services is/was veeeeeeeery helpful for me. Click here to see sample CVs and cover letters that can guide you in creating yours 🙂 Also, they offer career counselling services and you can actually get someone to look through your CV and cover letter once you have created one.
Create a checklist. What relevant skills do you currently have? What skills do you wish to have? What skills are relevant for the certain career path I am geared towards. Building your skills and competencies as you grow during the master’s programme would really help you secure that job. One way to creating your checklist this is to check through your interested job roles in various companies; then, assess yourself to see if you do fit in. You do not have to be an expert but start taking the baby steps to hone your required skills. One good thing about KTH is, through the project courses and assignments, students actually build relevant skills that are needed in their particular industry.
Network! Network!! Network!!!
Companies are more likely to recruit through their network. Never miss an opportunity to network with people within your field. Attend career fairs, strike a good conversation with companies you are interested in. Moreso, talk to your professors. Most of them run certain projects with the industry. Let them know you are interested. This is really really important. Always remember that you are not the only one with a good CV or relevant skills. Therefore, the ability to communicate these skills to people around you and show your enthusiasm will take you far!!
Ensure you socialise! You can’t live your life under a box and expect people to find out the great skills and talents that are hidden within your world. Being expressive and hanging out with people would also let you grow as an individual and ensure that you are aware of different happenings in your world. The result of socialising knows no bounds, I have learnt about job openings through mere social gatherings. Also, I have found out about interesting occurrences in my field of expertise, through these gatherings. Finally, it helps to build your communication skills, which is a huge asset for everyone:)
Also, do not just talk the talk but ensure you walk the walk. People are quick to recommend people who they have worked with in certain groups who were hardworking, fun to work with and ensured completion of tasks. These tasks can range from a small class project to volunteering events.
Where are these jobs?
This post would not be complete if I do not even give you tips to actually start your job search:
- Social media: The importance of social media cannot be overemphasised. These days, I have come across job opportunities from various companies through Instagram. However, I will emphasise that creating a good Linkedin profile is very important. To give an example, I found my master thesis through Linkedin. It was published on LinkedIn and I just applied. The rest is history, they say 🙂
- KTH Portal: Several opportunities are posted on the KTH website. This link right here should be another go-to platform for you
- Career fairs: This is a good way to find out about other companies in your chosen field and also, gain contacts! remember what I said about building your network 😉
- Research labs: Based on your chosen programme, there are various labs that are involved in the industry or would even help you gain added skills to ensure that you build your portfolio. Sometimes, people involved in the research, find out firsthand of job opportunities and are in the right position to be easily selected for the role.
- Also, there are platforms such as Academicwork.se that also post job opportunities many times throughout the year.
If you notice, I did not talk about how to nail the interview and my tips for a good CV and cover letter. The KTH career office is really helpful with this. Moreso, there are so many helpful tips over the internet to help with the interview phase. Therefore, the above tips cut across what has helped through my journey as a student and I can tell you that this goes way beyond the part-time jobs or internships. Some of these tips can be applied towards career advancement in your chosen field.
Goodluck with everything!