Graduate Speed Dating Event in Copenhagen!

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On November 12th, 4 of our last year Master’s students and 2 of our recent alumni coming from the Computer Science program were invited to join a graduate speed dating networking event hosted by Nova 100’s Copenhagen office.  Events hosted by this Nova 100 office are usually only open to students who are members, and these are typically business students coming from universities across Denmark.   In turn, these members are a part of the Nova 100 network, a network that consists of the Nordic countries’ most talented students in addition to both young and seasoned professionals – Nova’s concept is to bring together talented individuals with interesting employers, connecting people to opportunities.  A handful of Nova 100’s partner companies attending this particular graduate speed dating event were interested in connecting with students coming from IT/Computer Science programs, a talent lacking in Nova 100’s student member pool.  With that being said, Malmö University and Nova 100 bridged the gap between two countries, and collaborated for this specific event, giving 6 of our students/alumni a unique opportunity to network with 5 large corporations and learn more about their graduate and trainee programs!

The Malmö University students/alumni who attended this event were Dimitris Paraschakis, Nils Ehrenberg, Antonis Gkouskos, Ali Arafati, Robert Stanescu, and Hristo Petev.  I sat down and spoke with 5 of them post this event, and was able to learn a little bit more about their experiences on November 12, where they invested an evening, 16:30-22:00, honing their networking skills!  There were approximately 60 people present at this event, both a combination of students from various universities and company representatives.  Our students/alumni began their evening by listening to 15 minute long presentations given by Nordea, Arla Foods, and Danske Bank, and following that they were provided with a buffet dinner.  Who can turn down a good and solid free meal?   Immediately after dinner, they were ‘assigned’ to their speed dating table consisting of Danske Bank, Nordea, Arla Foods, Accenture, and Novo Nordisk IT (NNIT).   During this speed dating session, our students/alumni were given the opportunity to individually speak with each company for 10-15 minutes.  Each time the bell rang, it rang 9 times, they were to switch positions, and move on to speak to the next company!  Questions our students /alumni asked during this speed dating session ranged from what projects these companies were involved with, what they were looking for when hiring a student/alumni for a graduate and trainee programs, what is it like to work as a Developer, how many graduates they recruit, language requirements, etc.  The majority of the companies present were represented by employees who were actually currently in the graduate/trainee programs, giving our students/alumni an opportunity to find out what it was really like to work in such a position, and to additionally learn how they ended up getting recruited and hired in their roles.

One thing that struck our students was that some companies can receive more than 2,000 applications for their graduate/trainee programs, and they in turn only hire for 10 positions.  This shed light on how incredibly competitive these types of positions can be, and how important it is to be able to properly market oneself!  Although this event seemed quite interesting and useful from the standpoint of being able to practice networking skills, and getting the chance to learn more about a company’s hiring process, some of our attendees wished that there had been more of a genuine interest from in them from the companies, and that there would have been more Developers there to speak with.   What they did take away from this event, however, is that this has helped them realize that they should come prepared to ask better questions for future networking events, and this has also helped overcome that feeling of being nervous.  Overall, our students/alumni found this event to be a nice experience, one where they had the freedom to ask any question to the 5 companies they were assigned to, talk face to face to them in a casual and relaxed manner, and get their perspective on things!

Practice makes perfect, and hopefully this is one of many networking events these students/alumni will be exposed to and attend so that they can get closer to landing that dream job with their target employer!  Who knows, perhaps this event may lead to some success stories in the near future … only time will tell!

Annie Schreiter, Career Adviser

 

 

 

The Impact of Body Language

Den 14 november satt många förväntansfulla studenter och lyssnade när Susanne Hedin hade en workshop om kroppsspråk. Susanne arbetar på retorikbyrån i Lund men även som lärare i retorik på Lunds universitet.

Kroppsspråk är att man tolkar röst och rörelser för att förstå den andra personens signaler. Alla i hela världen visar kroppsspråk men det kan skilja mellan olika kulturer vad olika rörelser betyder och hur mycket kroppsspråk vi använder vid en konversation. Vi dömer människor väldigt snabbt utifrån deras kroppsspråk, hållning, kläder, smink, ögonkontakt, handslag, detta gör vi som en överlevnadsstrategi för att vi ska veta om vi ska stanna eller fly. Om någon intresserar oss och vi känner trovärdighet öppnar vi oss Susanne Hedin lättare för en person.

Under workshopen gjordes flera övningar för att förstå varandra och vårt kroppsspråk bättre. Det finns inget kroppsspråk som är rätt eller fel men vissa saker fungerar bättre än andra. För att kunna förändra vårt kroppsspråk måste vi vara medvetna om vad vi gör.

Vid en arbetsintervju kan det vara bra att tänka på att ditt handslag inte är för hårt men inte heller för svagt utan att du ger ett säkert intryck. Vid en intervju kan man lätt bli nervös och stressad vilket kan yttra sig i att vårt kroppsspråk förändras. Vi kan till exempel göra omedvetna rörelser, dra ihop oss och ha svårt att koncentrera oss på samtalet. Ett tips kan vara att sitta ordentligt på stolen med båda fötterna på golvet för att få en stadig grund och sträcka på sig så andningen fungerar bättre. Vid intervjun kan du även härma den andre personens kroppsspråk utan att det blir för tydligt, om intervjuaren sedan härmar ditt kroppsspråk tillbaka så vet du att ni har skapat en samhörighet. Det är viktigt att komma ihåg att ha ögonkontakt när den andra personen pratar för att visa att man lyssnar. För att inte stirra in i den andres ögon kan man titta mellan ögonen eller på näsan. Innan du går in på intervjun kan du sträcka ut armarna och göra stora rörelser för att lura hjärnan att sända ut signaler att du mår bra och inte alls är nervös, vi kan alltså lura hjärnan hur vi mår med hjälp av vårt kroppsspråk. Du kan känna en sak inombords men visa en annan känsla utåt. Vad du känner och vad personen du pratar med känner kan vara två helt olika saker. Det värsta du kan göra är att inte visa något uttryck alls, det är då väldigt svårt för den andra personen att skapa kontakt med dig.

När kroppsspråket samt det man försöker meddela går hand i hand så ger det bäst effekt.
Vill du läsa mer om kroppsspråk kan jag rekommendera dessa länkar samt en video av Amy Cuddy.

Lycka till / Emily (Praktikant vid Studie & karriär).

Allmän fakta kring kroppsspråk:
http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/Body_Language.htm

Vad ditt kroppspråk säger till din chef:
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/228056

12 tips för att din karriär ska gå bättre:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolkinseygoman/2013/08/21/12-body-language-tips-for-career-success/

Video av Amy Cuddy om kroppspråk:

Tips and Tricks to Cracking the Code to Working in Sweden!

Last week we invited 4 guest speakers to share their stories of how they cracked the code to working in Sweden.  Interestingly enough, there was a common thread between the four stories that were shared.  Our guest speakers were all foreigners living in Sweden who obtained a university degree here, and ended up finding employment not via the traditional job searching method (applying to posted positions), but rather instead via their network!

Here are a few tips & tricks we received from our guest speakers, Matt Goble, Susan Sjölund, Sonja Ruhnke and Quinn Ertel:

  • Find your own “champion” (someone who you can bounce career and other general ideas with, a mentor/a job coach/a career counselor)
  • Networking is key (join student associations/book clubs/meet-up groups/volunteer/informal lunches and fikas can be excellent forums for meeting other people)
  • Make an effort to learn Swedish and Sweden’s business culture (even while applying to international companies, you immediately feel more a part of the group if you can follow a Swedish conversation. The number of positions you can apply for also increases dramatically if you are comfortable speaking Swedish)
  • Set a goal and time line (give yourself something to strive for)
  • Have a clear objective (post it on your CV and have it prepared when your network asks what job you’re looking for, know your ‘pitch’)
  • Create a CV you’re proud of (this is your marketing tool, so it’s crucial that you send something out that properly represents you and that you’re proud of)
  • Publish your CV via different channels (LinkedIn, Monster, recruitment sites, Future Finder etc.)
  • Choose the right job (it is better to apply for fewer positions and really adapt your CV and cover letter to those, than sending the same CV to tons of companies.  Recruiters notice when you send them a standard/’cookie cutter’ CV)
  • Be both specific but also general for future hiring (apply for a specific job, but make it clear you desire above all else to work for this particular company)
  • See a job as a step in the right direction (finding a dream job is tough, so look at finding a job which could be a solid step in your desired career direction, remain flexible in your needs, requirements and desires)
  • Don’t rely solely on job search engines, create a list of your ‘target’ companies (create a list of companies that are on your wish list to work for, and proactively market yourself to them)
  • Tone and substance (match the company keywords, values and tone in your application)
  • Dare to do something different (don’t be afraid to stand out)

Be confident, be proud, and don’t be afraid to stand out.  The approach you take towards your job search will have an immediate impact on the results you get.

Everything and everyone is an opportunity; activity breeds activity!

Annie Schreiter, Careers Service