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Internationals in Lund and southern Sweden

At the International Citizen Hub Lund we are happy to get in contact with people from all over the world. There are a number of internationals who have been with us from the start and have made the journey you're about to embark on. These internationals represent several countries and do a fantastic job welcoming newcomers to southern Sweden. Get inspiration and guidance by reading their stories!

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You might ask how did I know if I was doing the right thing or not? How do I know if I am moving forward?

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One of the best things I gained from the program was the network of friends. A group of fellow internationals that I regularly chat to, have fika with.

Moving to a distant country involves many emotions. It's a mixture of feelings, I feel curious about what is to come, and I feel anguished for everything I left behind.

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Be an open-minded person to take advice from the professional and experienced people.

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The following years brought different feelings to the surface and I started to develop this HATE-LOVE relationship with Sweden and the Swedish language.

So, returning to the point, If I could give a tip, I would say: I am not the first one having these feelings and you will not be either!

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During my two years of studying in Sweden, I fell in love with the country.

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While my partner took the next step in her career, I took a year off.

I realized the things I should and should not have included in my applications and how my CV structure, job applications and expectations were not aligned to the Swedish job market.

People from all over the world

  1. " You might ask how did I know if I was doing the right thing or not? How do I know if I am moving

  2. "One of the best things I gained from the program was the network of friends. A group of fellow

  3. "Moving to a distant country involves many emotions. It's a mixture of feelings, I feel curious

  4. "All in all, I think Sweden is a country that is really trying to helps immigrants integrate into

  5. "The following years brought different feelings to the surface and I started to develop this

  6. "So, returning to the point, If I could give a tip, I would say: I am not the first one having these

  7. "Be an open-minded person to take advice from the professional and experienced people. Keep updating

  8. "While my partner took the next step in her career, I took a year off. A sabbatical. A planned break

  9. All I needed was just 1% of their trust and I’m fully prepared to earn the remaining 99% to show my

  10. "I realized the things I should and should not have included in my applications and how my CV

  11. "How was the job hunting? Well, I won’t lie, it has been blood, sweat and tears. So many times, I

  12. "My other advice is to never be afraid of starting over again, be persistent. You are never too old

  13. "When setting up my new business in Sweden, I was astonished by the support provided by various

  14. "While starting the mentorship program I received a message from my former employer in The

  15. "As a non-Swedish speaking resident, I realized that I have very limited access to Swedish history

  16. "As the interview was being done online, why not use this technology in my favor? So, I decided to

  17. "The passion of the entrepreneurs amazes me, and I believe this passion is what we need when we are

  18. "Having an updated and well-tailored LinkedIn profile is super important in Sweden to portray your

  19. "Knowledge is power, and as a newbie you can end up feeling very powerless. The great thing is that

  20. “Moving to a new country is not a fairytale. Moving to a new country is a lot of hard work. And

  21. "Job hunting in another country is the storm I am facing. Going through it will make me stronger and

  22. "Networking in Sweden is Godsend especially in your job search. Yes, sounds bizarre but true in

  23. “International Citizen Hub Lund is not just a place providing sessions for the job hunter but also a

  24. "Not a surprise – you will meet new people! I can honestly say that people here are nice, welcoming,

  25. "I also found out about the Kick-Start Program, which came highly recommended by one of the alumnus

  26. "With the advice and guidance of the staff of International Citizen Hub Lund, I managed to join

  27. "My philosophy is that introducing fresh perspective and new techniques allow you to grow and thrive

  28. "Every step I have taken on my journey has led to something in the end - I am convinced of that. You

  29. "Don’t expect anything to happen quickly. This goes for everything from enrolling children for after

  30. "Many times I have been insecure about my chances into the Swedish job market. However, in all the

  31. "My demanding studies during the two years in Lund passed by quickly. I applied for jobs in my field

  32. "I came to know about public employment service “Arbetsförmedlingen”. There I found an interesting

  33. "The year 2020 brought us one more thing to deal with, covid19…and everything switched to virtual

  34. "All of these activities helped me in some way. I would even credit that they brought back my joy

  35. "In Sweden, you are seldom out of options unless you give up yourself. What I learnt over these

  36. "I have also ‘found my voice’ during this time, and started writing about what I do and why and also

  37. "Important note! You need to stay yourself and not to lose your authentic personality. I often hear

  38. " I quickly found out that your previous experience doesn’t really matter, nor it matters if you are

  39. "It sounds unbelievable: only a year before I was in their same situation, sitting on those chairs,

  40. "Living abroad inspires me to do things I always wanted to do but did not have the time or

  41. "As for any other society Sweden too has definitely its do's and don'ts and one does not have to go

  42. "One sentence in one of these sessions stuck with me, 'A lot of you expats have a lot of skills that

  43. "Don't waste your energy trying to explain why your home country is more appropriate in some aspects

  44. "Lund is actually a city of opportunities, offering a lot for learning and development, especially

  45. "After few weeks of being regular at International Citizen Hub Lund, I was able to understand

  46. "Office environments here tend to be a lot more informal than my previous jobs. It is likely that

  47. "Take the time to read up on cultural etiquette and you’ll make the transition from tourist to local

  48. "Getting accustomed to a new culture, new habits, new traditions is indeed challenging but at the

  49. "I read about the International Citizen Hub Lund when I was still in Barcelona, and I went there the

  50. “So here is my first advice to the newcomers that plan a long stay here — if you have the option to

  51. "Another important aspect for me to settle down is to be able to bring positive energy to my

  52. Integration in Sweden: how to do it faster than in ten years "I watch, listen to and analyze myself

  53. "Despite all good things about the country it was very tough for me to leave my identity behind and

  54. "I would say it's still difficult getting used to my new life, and it's going to take more time for

  55. "In my case the breaking point was when I understood the meaning of the most important advise I’ve

  56. "I think newcomers who are creatives face additional challenges compared to those who have careers

  57. "In my case the breaking point was when I understood the meaning of the most important advise I’ve

  58. "I think newcomers who are creatives face additional challenges compared to those who have careers

  59. "I lived in 6 countries. My strategy was always: 1. Join relevant local member organisation to

  60. "One of the most rewarding experiences I’ve faced around here was getting to know the International

  61. " the ceramic studio became Ateljé Råbygård and grew from my hobby studio into a course center and

  62. “I was lucky to join the Kick-Start Program, I think that was a life changing moment for me. It’s

  63. "International Citizen Hub Lund has opened up not just one, but many doors of opportunities for me.

  64. "We chose a house out in the countryside with 30 minutes’ driving time for my husband to get to work

  65. " all the partners are connected: International Citizen Hub Lund will lead you towards Malmö

  66. "Participating in the Kick-Start Program was a stepping-stone towards a career development and

  67. "Upon arrival we had the normal challenges of opening bank accounts and applying for the all so

  68. "Here you get a warm smile and support on all different levels of life! The International Citizen

  69. "What I think was a big advantage of this program was great guest speakers. We met experienced

  70. "What I want to say with this is: Do not be shy to mingle with people. Attend the events at