The one question that I get asked more often is “If working part-time is possible at KTH or Stockholm?”. I would answer the question in this blog and take you through a number of opportunities that are available in Stockholm that can help you with balancing the living expenses here.
The resident permit allows students to work part-time with no limit on the number of hours. However, it is required that the students invest a minimum of 40 hours per week on studies. Other than this, there are no restrictions on the number of hours that you work. Although, it is pretty hard to find a student part-time job here that can cover your entire living costs. Sometimes, it would be important to be fluent in Swedish to be able to secure a part-time job. Here I make a list of such opportunities that students usually lookout for.
The is the best option for a student is to find a part-time job that is within their domain of study. This adds value to the resume too. There are various consulting companies that offer spring and fall internships. And other companies require extensive networking to land an internship.
There is a better opportunity to find yourself a summer job. A number of companies offer summer jobs over the months of June, July and August. These can be converted into part-time jobs based on your skills.
Teaching/ Research Assistant
Various departments at KTH offer RA/TA opportunities to students depending on the funding available. My department (Integrated product development) recruits at least one TA to overlook the course operations, collecting feedback from students and connecting students with alumni. A number of other departments offer research assistantships based on the projects running at the departments.
A lot of my friends and students work part-time as delivery operators. They pay around 140kr/hour which is the average of what is hourly paid in Sweden. Some of these jobs don’t demand Swedish and the working hours are flexible.
Babysitting/ Dog walking/ Tutoring
These are a few jobs that are away from the academic domains. Students enroll with the contracting companies who refer them to the clients. The jobs are flexible and paid hourly.
International Student Blogger/ Ambassador
Every year the KTH International relations office recruits student bloggers to handle the blogging site and Instagram account. Each department also recruits students ambassadors for the respective Master course. The role of the ambassadors is to attend to the questions of the prospective students who aspire to join KTH.
My final comment would be that since your purpose of Sweden is to study, it is important that you focus on the studies, assignments, and examinations. However, we also need to work on building professional networks during our time at KTH that can help us is in securing a job after graduation.