AAU Career

What can I become?

”What can I become?” is a great question that inspires reflections about your:

  • Experiences
  • Competencies
  • Opportunities
  • Wishes
  • Dreams

You can do many different things with your educational background. Nothing is set in stone - you are not predestined to follow a particular career path just because of your studies.

➡ So, what are your options? This is what we will help you dig into here. On this page, we have gathered a list of hands on-tools to guide and inspire you and hopefully help you find the answers to your questions.

Think both inside and outside the box

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    What if my study programme is very specific?

    There is no recipe and no predetermination of what you have to or should become. In fact, all options are wide open.

    Some jobs, and perhaps some industries, will of course be more immediately obvious than others because of your personal and academic profile. That being said, it is completely up to you to choose in what direction you wish to go with your emerging career.

    If you study law, you CAN, of course, become a lawyer, but you don’t HAVE to. There are also people with a legal background who work as clerks in the public sector or have become self-employed entrepreneurs with companies who do not have legal services as their main product.

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    What if my study programme is very broad?

    Some programmes are covering an academic field that is applicable to a wide range of jobs (e.g., communications, philosophy, learning, etc.).


    Here, you do not have to think ”outside the box” in order to imagine new ways. Instead, you should think ”inside the box” and try to define a job market relevant for your academic and personal profile.

    When you feel that there are ”endless possibilities”, you might lose the bigger picture and not be able to see what possibilities are in the horizon. To some extend you should have at least an idea of your options and the next steps for you to be able to act on these.

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    Which questions can help me get there?

    Besides ”what can I become?” you could ask yourself:

    • What am I good at?
    • What interests me?
    • What do I want to work with?

What have others become?

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    What would I like to become?

    There are no one else but yourself who neither can nor should answer the question: ”What can YOU become?”

    If you go to others for advice and guidance, their job becomes to help you get closer to a clarification on what kind of possibilities exist that you might imagine pursuing at first.

    Therefore, it makes sense to look at and listen to what other people with a similar academic profile have succeeded in doing and use this as inspiration and as an eye-opener in order to get closer to your own answer to the broad question: ”What would I like to become?”

    Just remember, that even though many other people with a certain degree have chosen a particular path, it does not mean that you necessarily have to go in the direction. You must tread your own path and find your way out on the job market.

    The tools below will hopefully help you discover new possibilities and maybe even brand new paths never taken before.

     

    What do I want to do?

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    How can I use the inspiring stories from AAU?

    On this site, you can read inspiring stories from current students and graduates from AAU – more stories are continuously added to the page.

    These are stories about all the things you can do while you study. Already as a student, you can look for and try out new challenges and this way achieve competencies. This gives you something extra for your toolbox to use on your journey through your studies and all the way to your future working life.

    You can find stories about the first job, volunteering, networking, student jobs, graduate programmes, and more.

     

    Read the stories here 

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    How can I use the AAU alumni profiles?

    On this site, you will find AAU alumni profiles – more profiles are continuously added to the page.

    Here, graduates tell about their journey towards the job market and their experience of how their AAU programme helped them get ready for it.

    read the alumni profiles

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    AAU Graduate surveys

    On this site you can find the official graduate surveys from AAU.

    NB: The surveys are in Danish. Ask a friend to help you or use Google Translate to translate the text.

    The graduate surveys provide you with in depth insights into your programme, for instance:

    • Which competencies the graduates have found to be most valuable
    • What job titles they have
    • Where they have found jobs

     

    All study programmes make graduate surveys. However, not all programmes are evaluated every year and if your programme is new, you will not be able to find a survey from your programme yet.

    Be aware that surveys with less than 7 responses will not be released.

     

    Read the graduate surveys 

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    How can LinkedIn’s alumni tool help me?

    On LinkedIn, you can look up where others with your type of education work and what they work with. You can also check out their career path from graduation to their current job.

    With the alumni tool you can insert e.g. the title of your study programme and then see top 15 of:

    • Where they work
    • What they work with
    • How they got there (career path)

     

    The tool is dynamic and is updated every time the users of LinkedIn update their personal profiles.

    Be aware, that sometimes people do not enter the keywords that might be expected. Therefore, you should try a couple of different search entries (try also in different languages) in order to get the full picture.

     

    Use LinkedIn’s alumni tool

Company databases

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    How can I get insights into the companies?

    By using company databases, you can expand your outlook on where you might find interesting potential employers or project collaborations, internships or thesis collaborations.

    Company databases can also be used for research on companies in relation to finding relevant key figures such as number of employees, turnover, etc. This info you can use when you reach out to companies in connection to collaborations or jobs.

    All companies in Denmark are registered with an industrial classification code. As soon as you know just one company with relevance to your field, you can look up the company and find all other companies that are registered with the same industrial classification code. It is possible to sort in categories such as geography, number of employees etc. A useful tool when looking for collaborations.

    There are many company databases, but most of them cost money to access.

    NB: Most databases are in Danish. Therefore, you can ask a friend to help you or use Google Translate.

    • Proff.dk is free to a certain point. The site is in Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish. Ask a friend to help you or use Google Translate if these are not your languages.
    • Bisnode Market can be accessed via your local library login. The local library websites are designed in different ways, but try to search your way to find it. It is in Danish.
    • Try to google around a bit for other company databases

Job sites

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    How can I use the tools at the job sites?

    A way to find out more about ”what you can become” is to search through different job sites.

    You should not just make a search on the title of your programme or your profession (e.g. ”Cand.Psych” or ”psychologist”) – get broader search results by entering some of your competencies or specific issues or subject areas that you know about or have an interest in through your studies (e.g., ”work environment”, ”welfare”, ”conflict management”, or ”coaching”).

    It can be a great source of inspiration for you. It can help you see what types of job you might get, and which organisations are looking for the competencies you have.

    Furthermore, by looking through the job sites you are better able to identify the language currently used in the job market in relation to your field and competence profile. This knowledge you can use, e.g., to optimise your searches and for preparing your CV, applications, LinkedIn profile, profiles on jobsites, etc.

    There are a few job banks. Some are generic while others are targeting particular segments (e.g. students) or academic fields (e.g. IT).

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    How can I use the job archive?

    You can also look through old job adverts in the job archives in case you are ”just” looking for inspiration and thus not jobs you can actually apply for.

    NB: Not all databases are offering this feature. A site where it is possible is on Jobindex – for this reason we use it as an example below.

    The site itself is available in English. However, some of the job ads might still be in Danish.

    What to do:

    1. Go to jobindex.dk
    2. Click on ”job ads”
    3. Choose ”Job ad archive”
    4. Enter key words and press ”Search"

     

    Use Jobindex’s job archive 

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    How do I use the tool for unsolicited applications?

    By running a simple search in Jobindex’s tool for unsolicited applications, you can find a list of companies who, through the years, have had positions that matches your search.

    This tool resembles the job archive in many ways. The difference is, however, that the results are presented based on the basis of the companies rather than the specific job ad.

    When a company previously has been in need of a particular profile, indicated by the job ads, then perhaps they might be needing it again another time – for instance in connection to a student job, internship or thesis collaboration.

    The tool therefore provides you with a way to approach the company and initiate a dialogue when reaching out unsolicited.

    The site itself is available in English, however, some of the job ads might still be in Danish.

     

    Use Jobindex’s Tool for unsolicited applications

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