Most of the master’s programme will conclude with a thesis work during the last semester worth 30 ECTS. The purpose of the thesis is to apply the knowledge gained during the previous semesters into research work. The thesis can be done independently at KTH or associating with industries outside the campus. I, as an international student from outside EU, would prefer conducting a thesis with a company. It offers advantages such as exposure to a professional environment and more importantly, an opportunity to gain crucial networks for securing employment. You can read Maria’s perspective where she chooses to conduct her thesis independently.
Considering the Covid situation, it was not an easy journey to land up with an industrial thesis. The opportunities were limited to Sweden since companies outside Sweden preferred students within their geographical locations. Armada organised at KTH is the biggest job fair in Scandinavia had to be conducted digitally which had its own challenges of networking. Linkedin was the most useful tool at this time where most of the thesis opportunities are published. Adding to the pursuit of landing a thesis at a company, I send out personalised emails to Managers in the company who were kind enough to either share other contacts or politely.
At one point in time, the screen time on LinkedIn was more than Facebook and Instagram combined.
It was through LinkedIn which publishes thesis openings at various companies that I was finally able to get an interview with a company in November 2020. The company chose another student who had a preferable educational background. After more than 20 rejections and modifying the cover letter every time, I managed to get an interview again with another company I was doing an academic project during my previous semester (This is the advantage of having industrial-academic collaborative courses which are quite common at KTH). I was finally offered the opportunity to conduct my thesis!
I will continue to write my experience as I continue with the thesis. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.