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Kick-Start Program

Have you left your job at home to follow your spouse/partner to southern Sweden? Join the Kick-Start Program and discover the tools you need to make your job search easier!

Participants of the Kick-Start Program mingling on a coffee break.

Kick-Start Program Spring 2024

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Are you looking for a job but feel you don't get any further? Would you like to increase your knowledge about the job market and what employers are looking for? Do you need some tips on how to broaden your network and how to conduct yourself in an interview? Then this Kick-Start Program is for you!

The Kick-Start Program runs two times per year. The Spring program starts late September and the Fall program in late February each year. Information meetings about the program are held in January and August. Please sign up for ICHL newsletter to get updates.

The sessions of the Kick-Start Program are held in English during office hours. The course is free of charge.

This program prioritizes spouses and partners of international employees recruited by companies and organisations in Lund municipality, as well as Lund University.

Woman getting her diploma at Kick-Start Program Summary session

What is Kick-Start Program?

International Citizen Hub Lund offers a Kick-Start Program aiming to provide you with useful tools that will increase the opportunity to reach the job market. The program comprises different institutions, companies and individuals that give support, inspiration and shared experience in how to find employment.

The job program is based on 10 informative sessions on how to optimize your job search as an international talent in Sweden. These sessions have a different theme targeting, e.g. Swedish work culture, CV writing and interview tips and even starting your own company just to name a few. The program is limited to 60 participants divided into two groups that will meet basically 2-3 times a week with start-up times in late September and February.

We also create extra recruiting activities with collaborating partners to help the jobseeker get closer to companies that are currently recruiting and facilitate an alumni network. The Kick-Start Program alumni network is for both those who are gainfully employed and current jobseekers who find the value of keeping in touch to share their experiences.

This program is limited to those recruited to Sweden and connected to a Lund company/organisation, as well as Lund University. We suggest you check with your spouse/partner to receive further information about our Kick-Start Program or contact us directly for assistance.

Contact person

Lisa Andersson is responsible for the Kick-Start Program. If you have questions about the program you are welcome to contact her. Please mark with subject "KSP".
E-mail: lich@lund.se

NEW! An opportunity for non-Lund companies and learning institutions

If you’re an organization that recruit international talent from outside of Sweden, then this opportunity may be of interest. International Citizen Hub Lund has been running the Kick-Start Job Program since fall 2016 with the aim of helping spouses/partners of recruited talent to navigate the Swedish Job Market. There have been over 690 participants attending the program with a success factor of 57% either finding employment or starting their own company.

From Fall 2023 and onwards we have the pleasure of opening this appreciated program to other companies outside Lund. We are able to provide a few places to companies who recruit international employees with an accompanying spouse / partner. As this program is financed by the city of Lund, all Lund companies, Lund University and our research facilities ESS and MAX IV are not obliged to financially contribute to the participants entering the program. However, all companies, universities or municipalities outside of Lund will need to contribute financially to the program per participant.

Information meetings for the spouse/partner are held in August and January. If you’d like more information about the program or if you have any questions about the financial contribution, please contact Lisa Andersson at lisa.andersson@lund.se

If you would like an information flyer to share with your incoming international recruits or those recruits that moved here during the year, please feel free to contact Lisa.

Group of internationals having a "fika" together

Stories written by Kick-Start Program Alumnis

The Kick-Start Program has been up and running for 14 seasons and have had 680+ participants from 80+ countries all over the world.

Many of our participants have written stories about their experiences of the Kick-Start Program. Follow the link to read what KSP Alumnis think about the program, what they have learned and found useful. You can also contact them via Linkedin to get personal feedback.

Read the KSP Alumni stories here

Participants of the Kick-Start Program sitting in a classroom.

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