To get a head start in your career, it makes sense to start the transition towards full-time employment while you’re still studying. This work experience not only looks good on your CV, it can also expand your professional and social network - and potentially bring in some money as well!
Get ahead with a student jobs or internship
In Denmark it’s very common for students - both Danish and international – to get a job and/or an internship while studying.
But is it a good idea to be working when you should be focused on your education?
Here are some good reasons for doing both:
- Get a job quicker after you’re qualified: Analysis from The Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) shows that work experience can double your chances of being employed within a year of graduating. 80% of international students who worked 10-15 hours a week in the two years before graduation were employed within 12 months. For those who worked 5-10 hours, the employment rate was 68% and for those who didn't work at all during Uni, it was only 38%.
Source: Dansk Industri (See English version here)
- Experience Danish work culture: Being there is the only real way to understand how things are done!
- Develop life skills: University develops academic and social skills while the workplace develops life and career skills. Work experience will teach you a lot of things that you can't learn in a lecture hall.
- Boost your CV: Having work experience on your CV will look good to any future employer. They will often pay more attention to your Danish work experience than to your grades.
- Gain ECTS* credits: Many study programs will award ECTS* points for internships, meaning that they can counts towards your academic qualification and that you don't need to do as many hours in class. *Read more about the ECTS system here.
- AU: Each faculty has its own career counselling
- AAU Aalborg
- AAU Copenhagen
- UCPH: Each faculty has its own career counselling
Tips for getting work experience while studying
- Get yourself noticed: Create opportunities for yourself by entering course-related competitions, doing internships, volunteering, getting involved in student organisations and the like. As well as providing great experience and networking opportunities, all of will these look good on your CV and boost your chances of employment.
- Follow the job market: Join LinkedIn, follow companies that you’re interested in and go out and meet potential future employers whenever you get the chance - for example at career or company events or conferences. Sign up to job websites to receive weekly notifications of job opportunities.
- Know your skills: Think about how your competencies could apply in the job market and the type of work that would give you the most career satisfaction.
- Learn Danish! Having even a basic knowledge of Danish shows willing and will make a good impression on potential employers.
If you want to get extra guidance on where to find student jobs and how to apply for them, reach out to your university’s career counselling service.
The Danish student support scheme (SU) – Do you qualify?
If you combine work with study and are a citizen of another EU/EEA or Nordic country, you may be entitled the Danish student’s student support scheme or SU which offers financial assistance through both grants and loans.
The requirements are that you should be enrolled at a university in a full-time programme and be working 10-12 hours a week.
Read more here.