Prepare for your future career

Worried about how to get the job of your dreams after graduation? Here are our top tips on how to prepare for the job hunt while still studying.
Even while you are studying, there are a number of things you can do to increase your chances of landing your dream job. It is important as an international student, in particular, that you prepare yourself for the challenges of the Danish job market, if you would like to live and work in Denmark when you are finished your studies.

6 tips

  • 1. Get a relevant student job

    Work on getting some practical experience in a relevant field 
    It is a good idea to get a student job relevant to your studies to gain some experience for your CV. As an international student, this will help you expand your network and allow you to familiarise yourself with the atmosphere and culture of Danish workplaces, too. 
    You can look for student jobs at (if you speak Danish), or at your local student house where jobs especially aimed at international students are often posted. Sometimes they also offer assistance on writing your CV and such.
  • 2. Participate in study projects in collaboration with businesses

    Solve “real” problems for real businesses. 

    There is no reason to invent a problem to solve in large project assignments or final papers, when there are plenty of real problems to solve for local businesses, who appreciate your input on their development. 
     By using businesses or organisations from “the real world” you will make invaluable contacts and gain solid experience. At the same time, your results will actually be used; thereby, making a real difference. 
    Having proven experience makes it more likely that a business or organisation will consider you for a future job.
    Get in touch with VIA's Career Service Centre for assistance on finding a business or organisation to collaborate with.

  • 3. Use career guidance

    Most teaching institutions offer career guidance to students 

    At VIA, you can get it at the Career Service Centre on selected campuses: Horsens, Holstebro and Aarhus C.
    Career guidance will first and foremost help you discover your skills, plan your career and advise you on how to look for a job. Specifically, this means that you can get assistance with writing a great application/cover letter and a CV. They can also help you prepare for a job interview, provide you with salary negotiation techniques, optimise your use of LinkedIn and provide advice on your future career opportunities.

  • 4. Participate in networking events and career days

    Meet potential employers face-to-face.

    There are a lot of different options for students to start a dialogue with relevant businesses and organisations, e.g., networking events. The goal of these events is to create a link between your professional knowledge and potential employers. VIA Campus Horsens and Herning offer Career Dating biannually (check out their Facebook page for more information) and there are also nationwide events such as

  • 5. Consider starting your own business

    Practise your entrepreneurial skills and earn money at the same time
    Within some professions, one option is starting your own business while you are still a student. In addition to the chance of earning some money, trying your hand at entrepreneurship will give you valuable experience.
    VIA offers Student Incubators in which you can get advice and guidance in connection with innovation projects and on how to start your own business. More about VIA Student Incubators.
  • 6. Consider taking Danish lessons

    Speaking Danish will increase your chances of landing your dream job
    Even though English is the corporate language of many Danish companies, knowing some Danish gives you a huge advantage. Knowing the language will help you in social gatherings and in day-to-day interactions with your colleagues, e.g., bonding over lunch.
    As a student at VIA, you have access to Danish lessons at a discounted price at Lær Dansk.

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