Looking for work as a recent arrival in Sweden: some personal stories
“Collected information about who I can talk to and how to get help with applying for jobs” – this is what we need, say numerous immigrant professionals that Saco has met via Stockholms Akademiska Forum. A few of them have told us what it is like to look for work when you have recently arrived in Sweden.
“I want to know how well my expertise matches the sector’s needs”
Irina Ankudinova, from Russia, has a degree in Environmental Science, specialising in waste management. She came here two months ago when her husband found work in Sweden. She is now looking for a job, but wonders how relevant her expertise is on the labour market.
“I want to practise the Swedish I'm learning at my foreign language classes”
Vitor Miranda from Brazil was studying demography in the US when his partner found a job in Sweden. Now he is looking for work and studying Swedish at SFI, but lacks a linguistic link to the labour market.
“A mentor provides psychological support when you’re looking for work”
Yan Zeng Söderberg from China is a financial analyst. She has joined two mentor programmes so that she doesn’t feel so isolated when looking for work in Sweden.
“I’m looking for work and have had to find everything out myself”
“The first thing I did when I came here four months ago was to contact Arbetsförmedlingen, the Employment Agency. I registered, but got no information about what I could do to find work,” says Paulina Paszkiewicz from Germany, who is a Life Science researcher.