"Each story is unique, and, frankly, mine is far from perfect. It has ups and downs, local challenges and sparkling moments of pure joy and achievement. It’s my story, and I’m happy to share it with you."
If you got here in pursuit of a perfect lifestyle recipe of a non-Swede in Sweden, you won’t get one. Each story is unique, and, frankly, mine is far from perfect. It has ups and downs, local challenges and sparkling moments of pure joy and achievement. It’s my story, and I’m happy to share it with you.
I graduated from my program June 2021, at which point I was faced with a decision. After having successfully completed my degree, finalized my thesis, and completed my student employment with the university… I needed to decide what would come next.
Hi, my name is Zakariae. Or to keep it short and easy to pronounce, let’s go with Zak. I have years of studying and working in my life baggage and currently effectively practising both to become a better version of myself. Every day, focusing on efficiency rather than high loads of work.
I see it’s also good to balance effective hours with some procrastination, peaceful walking, nice music and pleasant conversations with friends, colleagues and sometimes absolute strangers. Because why not. And yes, I am not originally from Sweden, but got there coming all the way from beautiful Morocco around two years ago.
My journey in Sweden has been challenging at times, yet productive. I studied - a lot - and obtained a couple of degrees that I now see as a great asset to my resume. I have been a part of local and foreign internships, as well as international projects and events. Having music in my life and sharing this passion of mine with like-minded people helped me get through some silent days of COVID times.
Luckily, those days are over, and life got a whole new spin that I’m currently trying to figure out. But there’s something I’d like to share that contributed to me standing where I’m at. Spoiler alert, something related to opportunities.
Last autumn (2021), I got a new source of motivation and inspiration on my way to getting myself comfortable and much more confident in Sweden. That was the Kick-Start Program by the International Citizen Hub Lund.
I found it insightful and beneficial to get solid advice on ways of developing my own Linkedin profile as well as the CV suitable for the local market expectations. People working on the Program have been very helpful, that actually contributed much to my shaping of the career path direction in Sweden.
Undoubtedly, it was also great to meet many internationals - friends and couples from Macedonia, Brazil, India, Croatia… I’d say the right people make it feel right. And after some moments of hesitation on whether Sweden is the right place for me, I actually realised that it was. It took time, but that time was necessary. So don’t worry if the best shot does not happen at first. Keep on trying!
In fact, so many great opportunities exist out there. Useful information on studying, working, living in Sweden is at easy access. Supportive, knowledgeable and fun people are always there. You may prefer to adjust to the local culture, and I’d say it’s partially right - especially when speaking of learning the Swedish language. "Lagom" is more than just a commonly used term. It is a lifestyle that is worth getting familiar with.
Or you might want to find your own way. And that’s probably the best. Keep looking for the opportunities. Don’t be shy to create your own ventures and develop your own lifestyle recipes to enjoy every day and more!
/ Zakariae Fouzbi