"The key to survival in a new country is “POSITIVITY”… It is all a matter of perspective and how you assess your situation, that’s why your HEART is your COMPASS. We are humans & can get disappointed, overwhelmed, stressed, home-sick and even depressed."
A graduate of LU’s Master program in Environmental Studies & Sustainability Science June 2020 and having successfully completed my Swedish competence language course (Kurs D), I feel it is the right time and opportunity to enter the Swedish marketplace.
Armed with 23+ of diverse working & personal experience, I know that I can be an asset to my future employer, especially that my career vision aligns with the values of social sustainability, social justice, and social integration.
True, I haven’t yet landed on my “Dream Job” in Sweden (or any job, for that matter), but I haven’t given up. On the contrary, I have been consistent & persistent in applying to jobs, exploring all the possibilities to develop my skills and daring to participate in programs, conferences, courses & workshops of interest to me, ever since I arrived in Sweden 3.5 years ago.
Throughout my stay in Sweden, I managed to survive a super demanding 2-year University Master program while juggling my domestic and family obligations, I also lost my father back home, Corona hit hard worldwide while I was looking for a job in Sweden.
Nonetheless, I must admit that Intenational Citizen Hub Lund has always been a strong safety net to me. Maria, Cynthia & Lisa never failed me when I resorted to them for help, advice or even complaints about different aspects of my life. Credit needs to be given to them for helping me with my choice for my daughter’s Swedish school, enrolling me in the Kick-Start Program in spring 2020 & encouraging me to do community service.
The last became the best experience for me in Lund when I volunteered for EOS Cares, especially with my latest involvement where I started & am still managing the IDEON Language Café project.
Follow your heart and do the stuff that you like. Be true to yourself & know your limitations without undermining yourself… The key to survival in a new country is “POSITIVITY”… It is all a matter of perspective and how you assess your situation, that’s why your HEART is your COMPASS. We are humans & can get disappointed, overwhelmed, stressed, home-sick and even depressed.
However, don’t sink into these sentiments for too long, pick yourself up, gather your strength & move on with your chin up (despite the long dreary winter your genes might not be equipped for!!!), trusting that better days are coming your way. Be adamant on doing your best, try venturing into new experiences, find like-minded fellows & surround yourself with positive people.
And of course, do count on your Safety Nets in Sweden & ask for help when you need it, there are still many good people out there in the world.
/ Reena Naser