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"Out of all the excitement I felt, there was one thing that worried me the most: being unemployed. Having worked since the day I turned 16, the thought of not having a job frankly terrified me. What would I do all day while my fiancé was working? How would I meet people? How would I keep my mind busy?"
My name is Madison, and my journey begins in the simpler times of 2019. I had recently finished my bachelor’s degree in my home country, the US, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to move abroad and discover what it would be like to live in a country quite different than my own.
Out of all the excitement I felt, there was one thing that worried me the most: being unemployed. Having worked since the day I turned 16, the thought of not having a job frankly terrified me. What would I do all day while my fiancé was working? How would I meet people? How would I keep my mind busy?
Unfortunately, I had to seek answers to these questions every day for around 6 months, as I got nowhere with the numerous applications I sent out. It was an extremely tiresome and frustrating process, as I’m sure many of you can attest to. This depressive fog did start to lift, however, when I found the International Citizen Hub Lund.
The hub provided me with so much, from general information on local attractions and events which allowed me to become more involved in the community to the Kick-Start Program which taught me about the Swedish work culture and how to optimize my job search here. Undoubtedly, the most important factor that the ICHL provided me with was simply the understanding that I was not alone in this process and hope for a light at the end of the tunnel. Having the opportunity to meet my fellow expats, hear their experiences, and witness their successes was instrumental in motivating me to write my own success story here.
My advice to anyone who has recently moved here or is struggling to feel at home would be to get out, meet people and continuously seek opportunities; I can assure you they are out there! Surround yourself with people who will not only support you when you fail but will celebrate you when you succeed. And most of all, believe in yourself. Best of luck, and I hope to meet you one day at the Hub!
/ Madison Bell