Hide menu

LiU helps international students to find a job

International students were recently able to take part in a international former student's story about her road to a permanent position in Sweden. A path that was anything but straight.

Niloufar Rasekh’s lecture was preceded by a presentation by Rodrigo Garay, founder of Working For Change - an initiative that LiU has chosen to work with. Working For Change aims to attract and retain international expertise in the Swedish job market.

WFC are organising an exhibition in Stockholm in December, where international students will get the chance to meet with Swedish companies and start creating a personal network. Besides the exhibition, the students get an opportunity to join the Working For Change Club that will serve as a meeting place where students can take part in PR- and communications activities.

“The exhibition is a part of the whole process that we offer”, said Rodrigo Garay, and asked the audience how many people want to stay and work in Sweden after they finish their studies, and almost all hands in the audience were raised.

“Sweden has a problem in that a large proportion of the workforce are about to retire”, said Rodrigo, and highlighted the importance of contacts to get a foothold in the job market. “There are jobs out there, you just have to find them”, he continued.

Bild på Niloufar Rasekh

With him was Niloufar Rasekh who came to Sweden six years ago to study after her cousins had told her stories from Europe that sparked her desire to go. She gave an insight into her journey from Iran to IKEA that went via a part time job at a slaughterhouse, conversations in broken Swedish with her own reflection in her student apartment and a bachelor's degree in Retail Management from Lund University.

“As I approached the end of my training, I saw an ad in a newspaper about starting your own business, and even though I had no idea for a business, I contacted the advertiser and persuaded him to be my mentor. Contacts are vital”, said Niloufar, who eventually ended up with an interview at IKEA.

“As I walked out of the interview, I knew I had got the job”, she continued with a smile.

When asked what she considers to be the most important  factors in getting a job, she replied:

“Contacts, a goal to strive for and motivation to learn Swedish”.

For LiU, the collaboration with Working For Change is an opportunity to distinguish the university and attract students from other countries.

“Since our brand isn’t quite as strong as that of the classic Swedish universities, we need to offer something different - the opportunity to get a job after graduation, for example”, said Göran Felldin, Director of Cooperation at LiU.

 

Joel Holmgren, Student Reporter
 

Related Links

Academic boycott

Protestplakat mot Trumps inreseförbudLiU researchers have joined international calls for a boycott of scientific conferences in the US.

 

risky perfectionism

Woman putting on make upPsychology students took on role of treaters in a study of perfectionism and internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy.

 

social sustainability

People in motionSocial value creation is on the agendas of more and more companies and organisations. Erik Jannesson, senior lecturer in management control, has just published a book on the subject.

 

Critical of the national board of health and welfare

Rolf HolmqvistRolf Holmqvist is one of 17 researchers who are critical to guidelines for the treatment of depression and anxiety.

 

when researchers meet vulnerability

Child in SyriaMalin Thor Tureby was keynote speaker at an international conference on oral history.

 

global media hit

CatCats that meow with a dialect have caused a sensation in the world media. Robert Eklund, a linguist who works with cats at the Department of Culture and Communication, has lost count of the number of times the work has been reported in the media.

 

farewell exchange students

Farewell Mingle 2016On 6 December, a Farewell Mingle was held for departing exchange students who have studied at Linköping University.

 

success for new master's

Stefan Jonsson"We have a global and critical perspective that attracts today's students," says Stefan Jonsson, professor at REMESO, about the Faculty of Arts and Science’s first international master’s programme at REMESO in Norrköping - Ethnic and Migration Studies.

 

health is our new religion

YogisAchieving perfect health has become a religion in the western world, according to a newly published study. Barbro Wijma, professor emerita and physician with many years of experience meeting patients, views this development with dismay.

 

black in sweden

Victoria Kawesa

Skin colour matters, also in Sweden. But many people don’t accept that racism is a problem here – only in other countries. So claims doctoral student Victoria Kawesa, who writes about black feminism and whiteness in Sweden.

 

redress for neglect

Shadows of peopleJohanna Sköld from Child Studies at Linköping University co-organised an international workshop where researchers compared various models of compensation for institutional neglect and abuse.

 

tomorrow's nobel laureates?

Pupils from a primary school in Skäggetorp Anna Lindström and Monika Lopez of the Department of Culture and Communication applied earlier this year for funding for an initiative in an issue relating to refugees. The funding was granted, and the “Tomorrow’s Nobel laureates” project was born. 

 

Alumni of the year 1

Suad Ali, porträtt

Suad Ali, expert on Sweden’s refugee quota, works tirelessly for refugees worldwide. For her dedication she has been chosen as one of Linköping University’s two Alumni of the Year.

 

Alumni of the Year 2

Thomas-Lunner-i-studioThomas Lunner’s research has given improved hearing to millions of people with impaired hearing. He has been chosen as one of this year’s Alumni of the Year.


Page manager: anna.nilsen@liu.se
Last updated: 2017-02-13