Universum carries out the annual Swedish Student Survey (FöretagsBarometern) on which are the most attractive employers for Swedish graduates.
And of course, attractive employers aren’t only attractive for Swedish students, with foreigners and students from abroad who have come to Sweden often equally keen to get their own foot in the door at some of the top rated companies, which this year included Google, Ikea and H&M (See the full list here.)
“From a foreign perspective, this list should be the first thing a job-seeker looks at,” Claes Peyron, Global Head of Insight at Universum, tells The Local.
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Universum carries out the 20 minute-long surveys with 20,000 students, focusing on each student’s long-term career goals, the importance of a work/life balance, and the need for good job security. Interviewees are grilled on other factors such as the environments of the companies, their cultural innovation, and hard factors such as salary.
The result is a list of the most desirable companies to work at, a list Peyron believes should be the first port of call for any foreigner in Sweden looking for a job.
“It helps factor in which companies should be the first to approach, which are the most advanced, which are further ahead when it comes to talent managing and sourcing. And this makes for a good indicator of which companies won’t only be looking at Swedish students,” he explains.
And global expansion is good news for foreigners in Sweden, he adds.
“We’re seeing that people with interesting backgrounds are more important for companies nowadays. The world is getting more global and companies are well of it. Diversity is at the top of the agenda, Sweden has gone beyond gender diversity now…it’s all about ethnic diversity,” he tells The Local.
“Companies want to have a great mix of people to represent them, and when it comes to many of the big companies on this list, English is often the language spoken at the offices as well. Knowing your stuff can be more important than knowing the language.”