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Australian Moving to Sweden?

Finding employment?

Bsmith
post 24.Nov.2017, 11:15 PM
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QUOTE (Tenacious185 @ 24.Nov.2017, 07:13 PM) *
I hope you are happy where you are now. I think I have a weird sort of resilience that maybe comes from some previous experiences that were not ideal. I think my perspective o ... (show full quote)


I am, thank you. There is no perfect place so (unless you live in North Korea or some other hellhole) make the best of it...or, if you are truly unhappy, move to someplace you like better. Life is too short to waste on an unhappy situation. That includes jobs, marriages, locations, etc. Good for you that you have found Sweden to be to your liking.
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straya01
post 25.Nov.2017, 12:57 AM
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Joined: 23.Nov.2017

Thankyou all for your inputs, negative or positive.
I honestly dont mind in the term of employment, if i am delivery pizzas, driving a dump truck, or shoveling snow.. really would not bother me as i reckon it would all be apart of the experience.
As for the winters, i hear everyone say "its so dark, you're gonna get depressed inside and be a crab blah blah"
Life is similar for me like that anyway as i usually work nights and sleep days anyway, except i gotta have a fan and no blankets lol.
The girl im with still lives with her family in stockholm, so it wont be too expensive to sleep and eat, just more so, so i can sustain money and go see things, drive around the close by countries like im unable to do here, fly to russia blah blah, untill i work out what i want to do in the long run as im still young.

Also had a friend who went to norway, couldnt speak norweigian and got a job at the bar and did really well? Maybe i will get lucky.
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Tenacious185
post 25.Nov.2017, 01:32 PM
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QUOTE (straya01 @ 25.Nov.2017, 12:57 AM) *
Thankyou all for your inputs, negative or positive.I honestly dont mind in the term of employment, if i am delivery pizzas, driving a dump truck, or shoveling snow.. really wo ... (show full quote)


You might be onto something, actually, that nobody talks about too much regarding the whole “long, cold, dark winter thing”...

Immediately prior to moving here, I worked graveyard shift, 1900-0730 for 13 years. I had always been “nocturnal” prior to that, and kept the same schedule even on vacations and days off. I suspect night owls and night workers who are well adjusted to being in the dark, actually thrive in the Nordic countries.

I can’t sleep in the summer here. It’s too damn bright. But I love the winters.
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kiwibird
post 29.Nov.2017, 10:51 AM
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Joined: 29.Nov.2017

QUOTE (Gjeebes @ 23.Nov.2017, 10:21 PM) *
"Is there anything i should know, tips etc about coming?"OMG...dude...turn around, and run...Chances are the "girl" has no f'ing clue what a messed up ... (show full quote)


I disagree completely with this sentiment.

I came from New Zealand in January this year, on the same visa OP is looking to come on - and found it not as hard as people make out - IF you are proactive. I didn't have a girlfriend when I arrived, so stayed in a hostel - found an apartment on Blocket.se, searched for work on all the job sites and reached out stating my situation - that I have a temporary personal number and bank account (which you can get on the working holiday visa) and socialised enough to meet some friends and their friend groups (Ironically I met them in a bar while I was with an Australian). I found an apartment, work and friends by being active in the search. It would be incredibly easy to arrive and sit on your hands and do nothing - but if you are prepared to put in some effort you will be fine.

Also disagree with the idea that swedes are boring - I have been travelling over summer with some of my friends that I met in january and we had a great time.

OP, it's not as easy as getting a job at the local cafe at home and hanging with your friends from childhood, but if you are up for a challenging but fun time - make the move! I don't think you would regret taking a chance and in the worst case scenario having to move back home - best case scenario - who knows!
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Mistress_Of_Doom
post 30.Nov.2017, 09:29 PM
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I also came from NZ, but in Feb. Found a job as a chef in 4 months, at a nice mansion that is recommended in the White Guide. I still speak no Swedish, never went to SFI or anything. Everyone speaks English. I do constantly hear the "you must learn Swedish!" like they think it's so easy to instantly learn a new language at 30 years old. Maybe I'm just too dumb. I don't understand why people say "Swedes are boring". Maybe boring attracts boring? Or just meeting the wrong people. I like all the people I meet, people of all ages. I guess everyone has a different experience, but I really doubt you'll have a horrible time here like the negative nancies did.
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TLSucks
post 1.Dec.2017, 12:18 AM
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Joined: 12.Dec.2013

QUOTE (Mistress_Of_Doom @ 30.Nov.2017, 09:29 PM) *
I also came from NZ, but in Feb. Found a job as a chef in 4 months, at a nice mansion that is recommended in the White Guide. I still speak no Swedish, never went to SFI or an ... (show full quote)


One should not really pay attention to the losers on this forum. Unfortunately, instead of being a forum where people can get help with everyday issues and meet people, it has become the playground for a few loud-mouthed individuals with far too much time on their hands (at least they found each other). One should remember that 99% percent of the expats are not on this forum, simply because they are happy with life and have real stuff to do.
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Gamla Hälsingebock
post 1.Dec.2017, 02:49 AM
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Joined: 21.Dec.2006

Exactly!!!

A good post, people happy with their Sweden experience rarely post here...

The posts of the people who have failed in Sweden and most likely failed at "home" too, dominate this forum...

Pay no heed to them, may they leave Sweden and be happy elsewhere, although it is doubtful they could ever be satisfied, anywhere!!!
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gplusa
post 3.Dec.2017, 03:39 PM
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Location: Luleå
Joined: 4.Sep.2009

Yet another New Zealander. Been living here for 12 years and wouldn't change a thing. My advice: Don't come here with an attitude. It's for you to adapt to Sweden, not for Sweden to adapt to you.

Respect the culture and at least make an attempt to learn the language, you'll be surprised by the respect you get back in return.
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Gamla Hälsingebock
post 3.Dec.2017, 04:08 PM
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Spot-On!!!
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Mistress_Of_Doom
post 4.Dec.2017, 07:49 AM
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I guess it's fairly easy for a NZer to adapt here. The whole "anti-social" thing doesn't bother me at all, since that's who I am already. In fact, Swedish people are more social than I am. I mostly walk with my head down and strangers still say hello to me. There may be a big difference between city and rural folk though, as I know a NZer living in Stockholm and absolutely hating it.
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Svedallas
post 4.Dec.2017, 10:19 AM
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QUOTE (gplusa @ 3.Dec.2017, 03:39 PM) *
Yet another New Zealander. Been living here for 12 years and wouldn't change a thing. My advice: Don't come here with an attitude. It's for you to adapt to Sweden, ... (show full quote)


Well said.
Gamla is right, the ones who are here moaning, are the ones who have failed...and are miserable.

Your attitude and will determines your fate in Sweden.
But culture and language are the most important!
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wallace1837
post 4.Dec.2017, 11:03 AM
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QUOTE (Svedallas @ 4.Dec.2017, 10:19 AM) *
Well said.Gamla is right, the ones who are here moaning, are the ones who have failed...and are miserable.Your attitude and will determines your fate in Sweden.But culture and ... (show full quote)

In fact it is your ethnicity: OECD data. Don't believe me, just check the data.
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Svedallas
post 4.Dec.2017, 01:09 PM
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QUOTE (wallace1837 @ 4.Dec.2017, 11:03 AM) *
In fact it is your ethnicity: OECD data. Don't believe me, just check the data.


This is one of the miserable ones...
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wallace1837
post 4.Dec.2017, 03:06 PM
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QUOTE (Svedallas @ 4.Dec.2017, 01:09 PM) *
This is one of the miserable ones...

Living in the reality makes it miserable in Sweden...
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Gamla Hälsingebock
post 4.Dec.2017, 05:01 PM
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Joined: 21.Dec.2006

Whose reality???

Reality is in the eyes of the beholder...

What you see is what you get...

If you keep looking for the monster under the bed, in a while it will become your reality...
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