In Denmark, many students have a part-time job next to their studies, mostly 10-20 hours a week. As an international student it can be difficult to find a job – so we have gathered some of the most essential information for you.
Types of part time jobs in Denmark
Depending on your age and academic profile, there can be a number of part-time job options for you in Denmark.
1) Student Assistant Positions – If you are at the early stages of your academic and professional career, student assistant jobs are highly relevant for you; They allow you to gain practical experience, get a grasp of the organizational culture and your preferred area of focus, whilst opening up the possibility of advancing within the company. As you progress within your degree, you will increasingly be able to match the requirements of more specific jobs within your ideal sector, where you’ll be awarded greater flexibility and responsibility.
2) Internships – Another possibility for you to gain professional experience within a company or industry you’re interested in, is to take an internship. Generally, internships in Denmark are full-time and unpaid, but provide you with a very steep learning curve. They are especially useful if you do not have a lot of prior work experience. Depending on how far along you are in your studies and what rules apply to your programme, you can transfer credits from your internship at CBS. This is however dependent on your study programme rules, so you should contact your Study Board or The Student Hub in case of queries.
3) Graduate Programmes – If you are in your Master and are graduating soon, keep an eye on Graduate Programmes within the country.
If you’re from outside the EU, you need to always comply with your work permit rules. Remember to cross check with Global Student Support (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are in doubt about the number of hours you can work and how to document it.
Tips and Tricks
Show you’re available
You need to let people know that you are looking for a position and this can mean telling people on LinkedIn or on Facebook. There are many groups on Facebook where companies post positions, so find one that matches your future working field. Don’t forget that some companies and organizations also receive unsolicited applications; Unsolicited applications indicate taking initiative and showing your interest in a company, two things which can often land you your dream-job. If you are interested in a specific position, look at whether you have any connections, especially if they are directly connected with the hiring manager, and ask for information and/or recommendations.
Create a network
If you don’t have a network yet, then you have to socialize. Often people rely on their network to find their new employee, in fact 80% of the jobs in Denmark don’t get online. So it is good to have a broad social circle. You can meet people at different events, through hobbies or volunteer jobs, and thereby you also get to pick which area of the industry you want to be in. Make sure to connect with your broader social circle on LinkedIn, in order to maximize your chances.
Use resources available at CBS
At CBS, Career Center hosts seminars, workshops and other events to help you improve your job hunting skills and adapt them to the Danish job scene. You can look at their event calendar here(http://www.career.cbs.dk/events/) to see what happens. If you have questions in relation to a certain position, you can drop by their Career guidance office at SPs26 from 10.00 – 14.00.
Additionally, CBS Careergate is the go to job website for CBS students; the website is updated regularly and you can filter your job search in terms of language and/ or ideal job type and area. This will save you important time and direct you to jobs that match your interests and abilities. Don’t forget to create a profile with Careergate, so that you receive email notifications when jobs match your criteria. Other websites that can also help your job search include:
- Work in Denmark (https://www.workindenmark.dk)
- Jobindex (https://www.jobindex.dk)
- Stepstone (https://www.stepstone.dk)
- Careerjet.dk (https://www.careerjet.dk)
Facebook groups that you should consider joining and keeping an eye on include:
- Copenhagen Business School Connect
- Student Job in Denmark
- Copenhagen JOBS for young people and students, free and secure.
Case competitions are also good ways of showing your abilities and drive to companies directly. It is useful to mention on your CV and, of course, talking about it at interviews can go a long way. As the competitions usually take place under relatively stressed situations, you can draw upon the experiences and link them to competencies required in the position you are applying for.
Another way of gathering experience is by volunteering, either at student organizations or organizations outside of the academic context. As many NGO’s are driven solely by volunteers, it is often a great way to become responsible for a project and expand your social circle. While it might not bring money in your pocket, it will showcase your willingness to work for something you are passionate about and it will give you experience that is valuable in other work contexts. Doing something is better than doing nothing.
Apply even if you’re not 100% qualified
You just need to fulfill around 70% of the requirements for a position to apply. To catch the attention of the HR personnel, you have to be specific in your cover letter and use bullet points to make it easy to read. Look at the job description and identify what are the most important qualities for the job, and find out and clearly elaborate on how you can fulfill these requirements.
Do you speak Danish?
If you live in Denmark and plan to work here too, then speaking the language is big plus on your professional and personal CV. Knowing a bit of Danish can make your life easier at work and also in your interactions with Danish colleagues and customers, especially if you would like to socialize with them.
Do not give up!
Remember that job-hunting is a job by itself. Do not let the rejections faze you, and be persistent. With the right attitude and focus, you can do this!
P.S Remember to keep an eye on the location of jobs posted. Sometimes, positions advertised take place very far away from Copenhagen, making it nearly impossible to combine them with your studies.