"The passion of the entrepreneurs amazes me, and I believe this passion is what we need when we are trying to enter the Swedish work environment. To me, it is more about knowing the Swedish way of life than just looking for a job and the journey does not end when you get the job, it has just entered the next level."
When I got admission in Uppsala University, I barely knew anything about Sweden. So, it is safe to say that I came to Sweden without any significant research about the country. The freedom in Sweden amazed me and I realized I quite liked it here, despite the cold weather and a completely different culture.
I completed my Masters in Intellectual Property Law from Uppsala University and started another Master on EU Business Law at Lund University. Studying at these renowned Universities has been a great experience for me. Throughout this journey, I decided to stay in Sweden and started learning the local language. It is not easy to learn a new language, at least I still find it difficult. However, I believe the hardest part for me was the confusion whether to learn Swedish or going back to my home country. My friendly suggestion to the newest members of International Citizen Hub Lund would be just enjoy experiencing the culture without actively thinking that it is a lesson plan you are following. I quit SFI four times before I finally got rid of my confusion and tried to experience the Swedish culture.
I was super confused and frustrated, had no idea what to do to get a job here. Then, I was introduced to International Citizen Hub Lund. I have been engaged with a lot of networking events and mentorship programs so far, but Kick-Start Program was my introduction to the networking aspect of Swedish life. Firstly, it gave me the opportunity to meet other internationals and I got to know that I am not alone in this journey, which played a very important role to keep me going. Secondly, the program introduced me with some amazing persons, Lisa, Martina, Cynthia among others who have been encouraging and supporting to me throughout the entire journey. I did not learn everything from the Kick-Start Program, but I learnt that there is a lot to learn, and I must remain open-minded and prepare to face the challenges.
Through International Citizen Hub Lund, I came to know about other mentoring institutions and networking organizations. I have actively participated in most of them. It was not smooth, and I had difficulties to remain positive and motivated. I reached out to tons of people, and I am grateful to each and every one of them. Now, I have started working for a law firm as an assistant lawyer and my focus is to work on intellectual property and IT-related laws. I am also very interested about implementing technology in the legal services. I work mostly with start-ups to shape an IP strategy for them, also to support other legal matters, had a previous internship experience at a start-up in Copenhagen as well. The passion of the entrepreneurs amazes me, and I believe this passion is what we need when we are trying to enter the Swedish work environment. To me, it is more about knowing the Swedish way of life than just looking for a job and the journey does not end when you get the job, it has just entered the next level.
About my own journey, I want to do a lot of things in my life. Becoming an “Advokat” in Sweden is one of them. For this, I need to develop my Swedish language skill, thereafter, complete an education program at Stockholm University designed for foreign legal practitioners. I have a long way to go but for now, I am trying to enjoy this journey.
/ Nusrat Jahan Shaba