AAU Career

Student job

Student jobs are many students' greatest dream! Money is not the only thing you’ll gain from a student job. You also improve your network, learn how to manage in a Danish workplace, and maybe you’ll even get relevant experience. What's not to like?

However, it can be challenging to find a relevant study-specific student job - both for Danish and international students. So don't worry if you're feeling stressed out about it. You're not alone. Don't forget that others before you have found their way anyway, and that we're here for you.

➡ At this page, we do not only provide you with tips for finding and applying for relevant student jobs. We also guide you towards other ways of getting study-relevant experience as well as finding unskilled "non-relevant" jobs.

Relevant student job / study-specific student job

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    How can I find a relevant student job?

    A student job that is relevant in relation to your studies is extremely valuable to have on your CV.

    It is a chance to try out your skills from your studies and gain insight into the Danish job marked and work place culture. Furthermore, surveys show that the competences you will receive from a student job are valued very much by employers. About 25 % actually result in a job in the same company after the student worker has graduated.

     

    Where do I start?

    Many students look for jobs and have a hard time finding one – even Danish students! Therefore, you need to make an effort and make sure that you understand how to describe your skills from former studies and jobs.

    Participate in AAU Career's seminars where you will learn to understand Danish work culture, how to make your CV and application, how to sell yourself at a job interview, etc.

     

    How can I find student jobs?

    • You can look for jobs and inspiration in relation to possible future employers on different jobsites.
    • Don’t forget to do your research on the companies and how to write a job application and create your CV.
    • Prepare yourself and make an effort to target your application to the specific job or employer. It has to be relevant to them!

    If you are considering unsolicited job search, be aware that you need to do your research even more thoroughly as you do not have the wishes and requirements of the job add to match.

     

    Before you book a career counselling session

    If you wish to book a career counselling session where we advise you on your CV, application, etc., we expect that you first participate in the seminars to get the basic understanding of job seeking in Denmark. This will ensure maximum output of the counselling session. Please also prepare by reading e.g. our guides on CV, application and job interview.

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    Are Danish language skills really a must?

    For international students it can be difficult to get a job due to lack of Danish language skills. Therefore, we strongly advise you to learn Danish at the language school. Find information at Language Center Aalborg, IA Sprog Copenhagen, and New in Esbjerg.

    Another excellent way of learning the language which mostly is for free is to get involved with an association where you can meet Danes and practice your Danish. Almost all Danes are part of an association, whether it is a sport, social gathering, or a volunteer organisation.

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    What about SU?

    If you are an EU citizen and you work 10 hours a week in Denmark, you may be entitled to SU (state educational grant). Make sure to carefully read information of SU and how to seek.
     

    Read about the rules for student jobs and SU

Unskilled student job

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    What if I can’t find a study-specific student job?

    While many international students dream of getting a study-specific student job during their studies in Denmark, it sometimes proves to be a challenging objective to reach – firstly to find a study-specific job to apply for, and secondly to land it because there are many applicants. Therefore, some look for unskilled jobs, e.g. in the service sector, in order for them to get by financially while studying.

    Unskilled student jobs could be e.g. as:

    • Waitress or bartender
    • Cleaning
    • Check-out assistant
    • Newspaper deliverer
    • Food deliverer
    • Facer for charities

     

    Other ways to get relevant experience

    Though you wish to earn money, voluntary work can also be a way to gain skills, experience and network in Denmark.

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    Where should I look for unskilled jobs?

    If you're looking for an unskilled student job the following could be a great place to start

    • Deliver newspapers
    • Cleaning companies, e.g. ISS – Cleaning companies do not always take non-Danish speaking people due to e.g. health risk if the employees cannot read the labels of the cleaning products. Contact the companies and ask.
    • Bars and restaurants often need someone to clean, bartending, etc.
    • Hotels are often looking for employees for the reception, cleaning, kitchen etc.
    • Temp agencies (e.g. Adecco and Matchmind.dk) – some only need Danish speaking job seekers, however.
    • English speaking customer service at companies
    • Food delivery (e.g. JustEat, Wolt or at specific restaurants, pizza places, etc.)
    • Street Food – making and serving food
    • “Facer” for charity organizations. Some organizations send out English speaking employees on the streets to convince people to buy a membership.
    • Job sites (e.g. Jobindex, Workindenmark, Career jet, and AAU Jobbank

     

    Specifically in Aalborg:

     

    Speciafically in Copenhagen:

     

    How do I search for unsolicited unskilled jobs?

    Hand-deliver your CV unless the company specifically asks you to e-mail it or register it through their website. Deliver your applications in person at the different companies, restaurants, etc. Present yourself to the manager if possible, and express your eagerness to get a job.

    Make a list from home, and be sure to note which companies seem interested, and whether they mentioned anything about specific deadlines for getting back to you. Some companies may say that they are not hiring at the moment, and that you should try again at a later point. Follow up in the weeks and months after shows your motivation.

    Read about unsolicited job search

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    How should my CV be for a unskilled job?

    When applying for unskilled jobs, a targeted one-page CV, including a short profile text, is often adequate as an application – this means that you do not have to make a separate application.

    A CV for an unskilled job should contain:

    • Name and contact information
    • A short profile text about you, tailored this job
    • Relevant work experience (the newest jobs first)
    • Education
    • Voluntary work
    • Skills and personal qualities
    • Languages
    • IT skills
    • Other relevant information, e.g. driver’s license
    • Sparetime - Some information about you as a person and your interests

    You need to elaborate what competencies you have gained in the job as e.g. a cleaner – such as hard working, responsible and smiling. You have learned something in ALL jobs, and it is necessary for you to tell employers about it.

    Do not focus too much on your academic skills.

    Mention briefly a little bit about yourself, e.g. what do you do in your spare time: This is a chance to show who you are – e.g., that you like to practice sports because you are very goal oriented and it fills you with energy.

    The CV should give the employer a clear overview of e.g.:

    • Your expected study period (i.e. how long you expect to study and thus how long you will be able to stay in this job)
    • Your general availability for the job (amount of hours you can work weekly or monthly)
    • Your language skills (status on Danish courses, and whether you are able to read, write, speak and understand some Danish)

    Make sure that your CV stands out by creating a professional layout with a clear structure. Create your own design, use the templates in Word or google CV templates.

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