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The Voice Of Educated & Jobless: “Give Me The Job!”

It seems that Denmark has trouble holding onto highly educated and ambitious immigrants since, according to the newest research conducted by DEA, an independent non-profit think tank, based in Copenhagen, there is no significant need of highly skilled labor anymore.

The recent study has been carried out among 400 high-skilled foreigners, who have had constant difficulties with job search in Denmark regardless of their education and, to some extent, experience. ”It would be really sad to lose such a large number of highly educated foreigners simply because they are not “incorporated” in the country and cannot find jobs. We know that these highly skilled foreigners create value in companies, as they generate tax and revenue to the public sector. However, the situation is, that job market is pretty tough”, says Martin Junge. It seems that the country is open for foreigners to come… but is not interested in keeping them here?

Minister of Science, Innovation and Higher Education Morten Østergaard acknowledges that there are a lot of clever foreigners who are considering leaving the country. “This number is way too high”, says the Minister.

Besides the Bachelor and Master graduates, who are unable to find the jobs, a number of PhDs, unable to find research positions, has increased, too. A number of international researchers coming to Denmark to do research has increased, but even more of them intend to leave the country after they finish their PhDs. According to a Danish National Audit Office, since 2003 universities have doubled the intake of PhD students in science, health and technology areas, however, due to poor university investigation which areas need researchers most, majority of them are forced to leave the country as they have troubles finding jobs after the graduation.

Job crisis?

Young, qualified and jobless seems to have become a “tag” for a number graduates, who are not able to find jobs due to shortage of them. According to the research carried out in Europe, there are more than 5,5 million under 25-s without a work, and such numbers are growing every month. The official EU unemployment rate is now one in eight of the labor force. You might have heard the highly educated and jobless called “lost generation” since our parents, baby boomers, would usually remind us that education is a guarantee for the job… “My mother and father divorced when I was two, and my sister and I were raised by my mother, who had no education and kept blaming herself for that. That’s why she has always told me and my sister to study as hard as we can, and therefore a secure job with a satisfactory salary would be guaranteed”, says Clara, 25, who has spent 5 years in Denmark, out of which, 1, searching for a job. “I feel hopeless. It seems I have done everything I could. I can work anywhere and do anything. If you need a secretary, I will be a secretary. If you need an assistant, I will be an assistant. Just give me the job”, she says.

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“I have always been a good student…”, starts her story Yin, 28, who has studied at Aarhus Business School. “I have always prioritized university and studied very hard but after I finished university I couldn’t find a job. I was told that I have no experience and no language skills and, even though I am educated, but I am not needed here”.

Another student from Aarhus School of Business, Kristina, told that she decided to go home since she thought that going back home would be easier. “My decision to go back to my home country Lithuania was based on a couple of motives. First of all, I came to Denmark considering and option to go back home at some point in my life. Besides, it is not very easy to be a fresh graduate in Denmark (especially if you want to work and not only collect the unemployment benefits) – companies are not interested in offering internships for the graduates and qualifications that I had were quite standard, where a native Danish speaker would always be preferred.”

Bye bye Denmark – welcome homeland, (again)

When foreigners, who came to Denmark hoping to stay in Denmark realize they cannot do so since job market is very touch, they realize that an option of coming home might be not bad at all, after all. “I couldn’t find a job and my mother started asking if I would like to come back to China. I was not very happy about it, but she knows someone who could help me getting the job and I am seriously thinking about it”, Yin revealed. “I am strongly considering coming back home even though I might need to do something else not completely related to what I have studied. I think that in such times with mass unemployment our expectations of job are lesser that they could be, and we are ready to take more or less satisfactory”.

However, in such case nearly no one expects to face a culture shock. It seems that you had a perfect plan – you moved to another country for a certain purpose and you decided to come back home; one thing to remember: more than a half of us feel a reverse culture shock when we return back home.You might think that feel that you are not fitting in to your home country, and it happens mostly having returned home after having lived abroad. “It was difficult to  find a job in Denmark and I got a very good job offer in Romania. After having lived here for almost half a year I still feel a little stuck in between those two countries”, says Ionut, 32, who had worked in Copenhagen for a while and, after he lost his job, decided to come back to his homeland Romania.

Education might be the problem

If you have studied in university, you probably know that lecturers mostly teach theories, but there is no emphasis on practice whatsoever. You can actually finish the whole degree (Bachelor+Master), which will take you approximately 5 years, with zero practice. “We need modern schools with a focus on individual learning and practice. I think that education has to create a framework for the future job, especially in management and sales”, says a candidate for the city council, Theresa Blegvad. “I believe that Denmark needs more modern schools where homework would be based on projects. Pupils and students have to get prepared for the future in that way. They have to get hands on experience, not only practice”.

You might question in this case, what would and ideal college and university look like? No answer for such a complicated question could be provided. One thing that has become clear is, that university does not provide the same amount of value it did 10 or 20 years ago. The amount of graduates is raising with each year, we have more and more educated people, therefore the competition in the job market is incredibly high. Plus, due to the the fact that people now live longer – one can realize that they work longer, too. A solution? Creative teaching and creative job search, I suppose…

@Reuters Staff Joshua Persky, who tied a sandwich board to his body and got a job

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Joshua Persky, who tied a sandwich board to his body and got a job

Photo by Bita Honarvar A Georgia woman used Christmas lights to spell out her resume outside

Photo by Bita Honarvar
A Georgia woman used Christmas lights to spell out her resume outside her house

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Artistic Courses In Aarhus – Express Your Inner Artist

Have you discovered the painter in yourself yet? If you, being a child, would paint every single white part of a paper (or a house…) or would always request others to let you sing a song, you are welcome to get some professional knowledge within artistic area in painting, singing, and, generally, anything creative in FO courses.

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I remember I would struggle finding creative activities in Aarhus, especially when I just moved there. I somehow thought that artistic teaching is probably less important in Denmark, especially since there are so many young people mainly focusing on business-related courses that their forget the inner artist in themselves.

When I found an option to explore my inner artistic talents, I began to question myself whether I would dare to go somewhere, especially if other attendees are Danes. Yet one thing I’d advice – even if you are not an artist (and do not feel courageous or “artistic enough”) yet have an immense dream to learn something new and challenge yourself in a creative way, artistic courses in FO could be a good option. Especially if you want to get a real value for money. The price depends on your status whether you are employed, unemployed or studying (other options available as well, depending on your age and social status). If you are unemployed or studying, you can expect to get a discount for a chosen course. The price would generally vary from about 75 DKK to 500 (yet there are some more expensive courses), depending on the length and intensity.

FO house, which is located in the very center of the city, also provides an opportunity to purchase a gift certificate for a certain amount of money, that you decide upon. Isn’t that a great b-day present idea?

For more information about creative courses in Aarhus, visit http://www.fo.dk/kreativt/ and http://www.fo.dk/musik/

Tip Of The Week: Education VS Experience

“If you do not have a lot of experience, employers usually are more interested in your education and achievements”, says project manager Anette, who is working at Career Centre in Aarhus University. In this certain case one should know the trick that writing your education first and experience after can change the focus point of the employer.

 

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Looking from employers perspective

One has to realize that while applying for a job, you have to look at the job advertisement and adapt your CV accordingly. There are no perfect templates that can help you to write the perfect CV. “Whenever you are in a doubt, always think about the employer. Think what would be relevant for him to read. From student’s perspective everything seems relevant, however, since you are writing it to an employer, think about what he would like to see”, advises Anette.

Things to be aware of

“To be honest, once I saw a CV where the student wrote that he participated in a number of different projects, but he did not mention that it was via his school. It is important to be honest in your CV both in terms of education and equally important in work experience.  For example, if you have had a lot of experience working wih project in school it’s good to include it in your CV, but remember to write that it was a school project.”, explains Anette.

Things to remember:

-       If you do not have any (or very little) working experience, write your education and achievements first;

-       If you have a lot of experience related to the job you are applying for, write your experience first and education afterwards;

-       Think about what is relevant for the employer, and adapt the CV emphasizing the requirements for the job advertisement.

Tip Of The Week: Write About Your Student Job

Are you moving forward in your career? Have you just finished (or are finishing) your education and are not sure whether you should include a student job on your CV or not? Anette, who is working as a project manager of an internationalization project InterResource at the Career Centre at Aarhus University, suggests that you should include your student job in a CV if you do not have other career-relevant jobs. “In Denmark it’s never embarrassing to include your student job in a CV,” says Anette.

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Purpose of the CV

Anette, who finished a degree in Business Administration and Psychology at Aarhus University,  counsels many students in writing a good CV as part of her job. What is the key to writing an outstanding CV, you might ask? According to Annette, before writing your CV you should definitely spend some time thinking about the purpose of it, which is a quick overview of your past and focus on your experience as well as the results of those experiences.

Student job – write it or not?

Since a CV must contain only relevant information in regards to the position that one is applying for, the question of writing about the student job appears. “When talking to students I sometimes look at their CVs and I see that it contains very little information. When I ask how come they don’t have a job, it turns out they all do, but they think it is embarrassing to write that they have a low-class job,” says Anette. “However, I wouldn’t agree. Studying and working at the same time shows that you are very dedicated.”

Whether you should or should not include your student job in a CV depends on how many years of experience you have. “When you have a few years of experience it becomes more important to emphasize what is related to the position you want to get. But you have to keep in mind, in case you do not have a lot of relevant experience, it could be a good idea to write about the student job. It is better to write that you have some experience, even if it not directly related to the job you want to get, rather than have a gap in your CV,” explains she. “In this case, an employer might think that you have never had a job. And remember: in Denmark it’s never embarrassing to include a student job in a CV.”

Edited by Shelby May Sorenson