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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, and who are in the same boat as me, so we help each other out when we feel a bit stuck."
Living abroad had always been a dream for myself and my partner, so when a job opportunity arose for him, and with my career being derailed by the pandemic, it made perfect sense to make the jump.
When we moved to Malmö in August 2021, we instantly fell in love with the area, the people and the cosy café’s. But after enjoying two weeks of holiday, the reality and complexity of moving to a new country set in.
With my partner starting his new job, I knew I needed to find ways to meet new people and find my own way in Sweden. So I started doing some research and came across the International Citizen Hub Lund. I participated in the autumn 2021 Kick-Start Program and it helped me hugely with my adjustment into Swedish life.
My career so far has been focused on Events and Marketing, and having studied Geography at University I’ve also done internships for various NGOs. In 2017 I started up my own small business, where I design, market and sell colourful stationery. With moving to a new country I know that I need all the help in figuring out where my career can go next, and how to be prepared for Swedish work.
The Kick-Start Program gave brilliant advice and the tools to navigate both the Swedish and Danish job markets, the speakers were incredibly helpful and the staff at the hub were wonderful hosts during drop ins.
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, and who are in the same boat as me, so we help each other out when we feel a bit stuck.
Since finishing the program I’ve registered at SFI, been to events at the hub and volunteered at a festival in Malmö. The confidence and support that Kick-Start Program provided me with has been invaluable and I highly new residents of Sweden to visit the hub!
/ Holly Stocker