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.
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
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Last updated: 2013-06-18