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Tips for getting a job in Sweden

Citizens of non-EU countries can apply to stay in Sweden for up to six months after their studies in order to apply for a job. If you find employment, you can apply for a work permit and really start launching your career. As an international student it can be hard to just go and find a job within those six months after the studies - your career planning need to start when you begin your studies. Here are a few tips to help you get things started.

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1. MyCareer

First of all, get registered at You will find information about employment fairs, career events, internships and jobs.

2. Learn Swedish

Nearly everybody in Sweden speaks English.  The large companies have English as their corporate language and the second official university language is English. But being proficient in Swedish open doors as the social language often is Swedish and as a social scientist you might work somehow related to the public sector where the official language is Swedish,  if you find a job where you have to search for information, arrange events, attend meetings and workshops, you will need to know Swedish. Learning Swedish will also show that you are ambitious and want to integrate with this country. Even though you are qualified enough and knows perfect English, it’s always easier to hire someone that knows Swedish.  

Take the chance to learn Swedish, it will also make you more competitive on the international labor market. Your Sweden experience will be strengthening with Swedish language skills and give you benefits as you will appear more competent.

3. Take an internship

Gain relevant experience, acquire good Swedish references and start building you professional network during your studies. It’s not easy to get an internship if you don’t know Swedish, but if you know some spoken Swedish and understand reading - contact the employer, present an idea and try to convince the employer, it might work! Try and learn to communicate in Swedish but write your assignment in English.

4. Get a part time job

A part-time job is an excellent way of learning Swedish, get references, experience and a professional contact net. Don’t just focus on if it’s relevant or not for your future career. Be open-minded and see it as an opportunity to get Swedish experience on paper, extra money and references.

5. Get involved in your student union/get a voluntary job

It’s an excellent way of networking, learning the language and to get new skills. Some voluntary jobs can be skilled as you can learn how to arrange an event, influence the decision making at the university or learn basic project leader skills. It also provides you with Swedish references for your CV.


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