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Swedish/English Jobs around Helsingborg

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dlearyous
post 11.Mar.2018, 06:51 PM
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Greetings all, this is my first post as I just found the forum. I apologise in advance as I'm sure this post or something similar has been made many a time.

I'm a 33 yr old American that is back living in Helsingborg after a few years abroad. I speak(ish) Swedish and use it on a daily basis though I may not be 100% comfortable with it. I would say that I understand it much better than I speak it though that being said, I've never spoken English with my boss nor any of my colleagues at work.

Ok, so, my question. I'm very curious as to what type of jobs there are out there for a Swedish/English speaker and how I could be using my english speaking abilities to benefit myself. I figure there must be Swedish companies that are in need of native english speakers for many different reasons but where do you find those listings?? Does anyone have any tips on where to look or what may be my best plan of action? rolleyes.gif
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nicola4444
post 11.Mar.2018, 10:04 PM
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What's your work background?

Need a bit more information to answer your question
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dlearyous
post 12.Mar.2018, 06:07 AM
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QUOTE (nicola4444 @ 11.Mar.2018, 10:04 PM) *
What's your work background?. Need a bit more information to answer your question


I thought about adding that when I first wrote but figured it would end up a bit long and drawn out. I spent the past 10 years working in recreational diving, had my own dive shop in Portugal and everything. I was in a car accident a couple years back and now have injuries that prevent me from working full time diving thus the reason we sold the shop and moved back to Sweden. So no formal education besides within diving. I guess I’m a open to just about anything at the moment. I prefer jobs that don’t become monotonous and love talking to people. I’ve done a lot of manual labor in the past. Painter, carpenters apprentice, etc but those aren’t really the types of jobs that you would need English for. I’m not opposed to studying if need be though preferably nothing longer than a couple years.
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Uncle Fred
post 12.Mar.2018, 07:39 AM
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What a strange user name "dlearyous", how do you say it, de·lir·i·ous, is it like that.
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Saywhatwhat
post 12.Mar.2018, 08:18 AM
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I’d assume there are water activities and stores catering to such in cities near the coasts.

Maybe start your own diving school if there is a need for it.
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Gamla Hälsingebock
post 12.Mar.2018, 10:09 AM
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Diving school...Sounds like a plan, there is a lot of history on the bottom of the Baltic...
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Svedallas
post 12.Mar.2018, 12:11 PM
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QUOTE (dlearyous @ 11.Mar.2018, 06:51 PM) *
Greetings all, this is my first post as I just found the forum. I apologise in advance as I'm sure this post or something similar has been made many a time.I'm a 33 y ... (show full quote)


Plan of action, maybe look at Germany.
Unless you study Swedish full time for at least 2 years.

It is hard to get a job in Sweden.
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Billy_UK
post 12.Mar.2018, 03:22 PM
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Be prepared to travel. Lund, Malmö and possibly even Copenhagen should all be options. Also don’t be put off by jobs that ask for Swedish. From what you describe you have a decent grasp of the language and for some that’s enough if they think you’re the right person for the job. You are at a disadvantage but it’s not impossible to find work here as a foreigner. Good luck!
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Svedallas
post 12.Mar.2018, 04:38 PM
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QUOTE (Svedallas @ 12.Mar.2018, 12:11 PM) *
Plan of action, maybe look at Germany.. Unless you study Swedish full time for at least 2 years.. It is hard to get a job in Sweden.



Isnt there a demand for teachers?
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dlearyous
post 12.Mar.2018, 08:44 PM
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It seems I haven’t been clear enough about my Swedish comprehension. Many would say I’m fluent. I have Swedish friends that I’ve never spoken English with and have a job now where I speak Swedish with my bosses/colleagues/customers. It is I myself that sometimes feels uncomfortable expressing myself as I would like to.

My question was more on what jobs there are available where I could use my English to benefit myself. I figure the ability to fluently speak and comprehend a language that the majority use for international business must be a good thing. But what jobs are there? Where are they? And how does one get a foot in?
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TheExpatEagle
post 6.Mar.2019, 08:22 PM
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QUOTE (dlearyous @ 12.Mar.2018, 08:44 PM) *
It seems I haven’t been clear enough about my Swedish comprehension. Many would say I’m fluent. I have Swedish friends that I’ve never spoken English with and have a job ... (show full quote)


Unfortunately being a native English speaker is not a benefit as most Swedes can speak English competently enough.

Having lived in Sweden for 18 years I've seen many a job where they say they want a native English speaker only for the job to go to a Swede. I've seen Swedes get English teaching jobs over an English, English teacher. Sure, maybe they were the better teacher and I don't have a problem with that.

What they basically mean when they want a native English speaker is someone who can speak English as fluently as a native and many can.

I doubt you'll find a job where your English is an advantage unless you start your own business or find a job as a translator.

Scandinavia isn't like mainland Europe where we would have a big advantage in the job market where an English speaker is required. When I moved here in 2000 all 10 year olds I met in schools in Stockholm were fluent in English.
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Svedallas
post 6.Mar.2019, 09:09 PM
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QUOTE (TheExpatEagle @ 6.Mar.2019, 08:22 PM) *
Unfortunately being a native English speaker is not a benefit as most Swedes can speak English competently enough. Having lived in Sweden for 18 years I've seen many a job ... (show full quote)


When there are many Swedes who speak just as good, if not better English, it is almost impossible to get a job without a certain level of fluency written and spoken Swedish.

Impossible.

This is Sweden. Not England or the United States.
And the first language is SWEDISH.
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skogsbo
post 6.Mar.2019, 09:53 PM
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QUOTE (Svedallas @ 6.Mar.2019, 08:09 PM) *
When there are many Swedes who speak just as good, if not better English, it is almost impossible to get a job without a certain level of fluency written and spoken Swedish.Im ... (show full quote)

Whilst the thread is old. There are certainly two places in sweden where it is possible to get job without Swedish if you have the skills, one is Ikea, the other is in the financial or IT sector, primarily in Stockholm. I've seen jobs advertised there in English, asking for cv and covering letter in English. Of course speaking Swedish as well will only increase the odds of success.
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Svedallas
post 7.Mar.2019, 05:11 PM
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QUOTE (skogsbo @ 6.Mar.2019, 09:53 PM) *
Whilst the thread is old. There are certainly two places in sweden where it is possible to get job without Swedish if you have the skills, one is Ikea, the other is in the fin ... (show full quote)


Ikea are you kidding me. Have you seen the names for the furniture?
In all my life, I have never met an english speaking person in ikea in Sweden.

IT would be a closer chance, but that too is extremely competitive.
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skogsbo
post 7.Mar.2019, 05:23 PM
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QUOTE (Svedallas @ 7.Mar.2019, 04:11 PM) *
Ikea are you kidding me. Have you seen the names for the furniture?In all my life, I have never met an english speaking person in ikea in Sweden.IT would be a closer chance, b ... (show full quote)

The names of the product have no relevance to the language they operate in.
You'd be surprised how many people who work in the various non shop Ikea companies aren't Swedish etc.. or have very little Swedish speaking ability. That doesn't mean their first language is English though.
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