Tips for your job search

 

Work permit while studying

EU citizens and citizens from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland (EEA) can work in Denmark while studying.

Non-EU and non EEA students are granted a permit to work up to 20 hours a week alongside their studies as well as full-time in June, July and August.

Read more about these rules at Work In Denmark.

There are not that many jobs – even Danish speaking students can have problems in finding a job. If you have private means to support yourself we advise you to do project cooperation with a company which will give you practical experience and network. This “employment” is free of cost and part of your studies.

 

Learn Danish

If you plan to live and work in Denmark after graduation we advise you to learn Danish. The chances of getting a job increases when the native language is spoken. Find information at Aalborg Language School and IA Sprog Copenhagen.

 

Match the company

See your job search as a sale process where you need to research on companies in order to match what they are looking for. Don’t make your application too general - tell the companies what you can do for them.
If you attend our seminars you will learn how to match the companies.

 

Be creative

If a company is looking for a specific profile that does not match your academic and work profile, you should bring out your competences and successes in a way so the company still sees the worth you can bring to the company. Be creative and persuasive in your headlines and arguments.

 

Language- and cultural skills

Be sure to highlight your language and cultural skills as this is what clearly distinguishes you from Danish speaking students. Do your research and see what markets the company already is involved in, and sell your expertise of becoming their future international employee!

 

Get information from different sources

Explore and research markets and workplaces - select those you might be interested in through databases (eg. NN Markedsdata - in Danish), career counselors, unions, unemployment funds, trade organizations, careers centres, etc. Write lists of places, persons and companies/organizations to whom you can present your skills and talents.

 

Be open to various employments

Broaden your areas of interest. Keep your perspectives open, so that you do not preclude any opportunity. Do not only focus on full time work, look also at temporary positions, and send unsolicited applications. All this could open doors to further opportunities.
Become a freelancer – a job where you use your skills and passion for your field of study, and you decide your own working hours. Contact Inkubator in order to get help establish yourself as a freelancer.

 

Develop your network

Attend and be part of all university events that you feel could have any relevance for your future career. These include Careers Fair, company visits, seminars, social events (planned by International Office, AIESEC and so on.)

 

Greater chance of getting a work and residence permit - The Positive List

In Denmark certain trades lack skilled employees, and if you have been offered a job in a profession currently experiencing a shortage of qualified professionals, you have particularly easy access to the Danish labour market. See The Postive List.

 

Learn more about life in denmark

It is not easy to get a job in Denmark. The demands are high and there are many candidates who apply for few jobs. Learn more in AAU's videos.

 

Read more about the things you should know as an international student