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Australian Moving to Sweden?

Finding employment?

straya01
post 23.Nov.2017, 07:17 PM
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Hey guys..

So im here in australia in our messy summers, 40C heat and its not even summer yet
Looking very foward to a messy winter..
I met a girl here from sweden, and im coming over on a holiday visa next year around april/may to stay for a year and maybe more depending on the situation.

Im just wondering about employment?
Ive heard multiple storys here, off some of the swedish girls saying ill be fine getting work (been in hospitality for a while now, and quite experienced in the term the Hardware side of IT(no quals though)), and then i read that its extremely hard if you dont speak swedish?

Im trying to stay open minded as much as possible about moving.. Ill have enough money to survive for a while there.. Is there anything i should know, tips etc about coming?
Really looking foward to the move and the experiences it will bring(AND THE COLD!!!), just cant get out of my head finding some sort of employment.

Thankyou all in advance smile.gif
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Gjeebes
post 23.Nov.2017, 10:21 PM
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"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 place Sweden is, for her, and for foreigners. Your only hope is to drink the cool-aid, and accept that you will in all likelihood waste years of your life here, getting nowhere.

I know it sounds harsh, but dude, you are coming to a world of pain, that is so completely not worth it.

You are unlikely to get a decent job. You are unlikely to get a decent rental contract, and you are unlikely to have friends beyond the "girl's" own social circle, which is likely smaller than an ant. You are likely to find Swedes extremely boring, unless hanging with non religious "church" types is your thing.

Come for the year, have your fun, and then promptly leave.

If actually she loves you, she should have already insisted that you shouldn't come here.
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Bsmith
post 23.Nov.2017, 11:50 PM
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The job situation can often be grim. It can take several years to find a job. If you plan to come and give it a try (and you will never know until you do) bring enough money to last, learn Swedish as fast as you can and have an exit plan in place in case you find Sweden is not to your liking.
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Svedallas
post 24.Nov.2017, 12:15 AM
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QUOTE (straya01 @ 23.Nov.2017, 07:17 PM) *
Hey guys..So im here in australia in our messy summers, 40C heat and its not even summer yetLooking very foward to a messy winter..I met a girl here from sweden, and im coming ... (show full quote)


Expect to wait at least a year to get a job.
Unless you have some specialist skill.
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Cheeseroller
post 24.Nov.2017, 04:01 AM
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Location: Germany
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Bring vitamin D3 + K2 tablets. You won't see the sun...:-)
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jackstraw
post 24.Nov.2017, 11:31 AM
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I generally agree with Gjeebes sentiments

Though, how much do you know about running coffee shops?

You could aim for a job in someplace like drop coffee or Johan nyqvist.
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Gjeebes
post 24.Nov.2017, 12:38 PM
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"Unless you have some specialist skill."

But keep in mind, even a PhD in pizza creation, will not help you. : )
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Svedallas
post 24.Nov.2017, 12:40 PM
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QUOTE (Gjeebes @ 24.Nov.2017, 12:38 PM) *
"Unless you have some specialist skill.". But keep in mind, even a PhD in pizza creation, will not help you. : )


Fair point.
Depends on your personal goals.

If you want to do foodora food delivery, you don't even need to speak or have any qualification.
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wallace1837
post 24.Nov.2017, 01:49 PM
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Get a round trip ticket...
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Tenacious185
post 24.Nov.2017, 01:57 PM
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Haha, you poor guy. Asking for advice on this forum can often be like facing a firing squad…and many of the posters here have very strong opinions about Sweden, most of them negative. ;-)

If I may offer an opposing view, I came here three years ago, not speaking a word of Swedish, not having a partner, dragging only two suitcases through the snow on a dark January night, having left sunny California where it was 30 degrees the day I took off. I had a little bit of savings, but no real plan, no job lined up - nothing. I basically moved here “for the hell of it”. Seriously. It was a whim. I was coming to study, sure, but why Sweden? I could have done that anywhere. But why NOT?

Fast forward to today, and life has worked itself out. I have a good job, a partner (despite my best efforts to stay single because I was done with that shit) a nice place to live, friends (despite my best efforts to also be socially avoidant, because…I kind of am…) and I’m about as happy as a cynical asshole like me can possible be. I really do like Sweden (except I find Stockholm too crowded for my liking) and I really wish I had done this a long time ago. I feel like I wasted way too many years living in a country and a culture that I never really fit into, despite being born there. Sweden isn’t for everyone, but I guess you won’t know until you try. If you want to be happy here, and to succeed here – it’s well within the realm of possibility if you set your mind to it.

The fact that you will have a one year visa allows you to “test the waters” as they say, and see how it goes. If at the end of that year you like it here, the relationship with the girl is still good, you’ve found work, etc., then you can consider the long term. If not, well no harm done. You lived abroad for a year, gave it a shot, and that’s that. If you decide not to stay, at least you’ll have had the adventure. ;-)
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SmokerT69
post 24.Nov.2017, 02:40 PM
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Location: Gävle
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I've been here for 6 months and had 3 jobs offers but none of them will hire me until I finish SFI. So... start learning Swedish.
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Gjeebes
post 24.Nov.2017, 04:07 PM
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QUOTE (Tenacious185 @ 24.Nov.2017, 01:57 PM) *
Haha, you poor guy. Asking for advice on this forum can often be like facing a firing squad…and many of the posters here have very strong opinions about Sweden, most of them ... (show full quote)

It's a nice story, but there is a tone of "settling" woven in there...and besides, would you really trust someone who looks like this?


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Bsmith
post 24.Nov.2017, 04:33 PM
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QUOTE (Tenacious185 @ 24.Nov.2017, 12:57 PM) *
Haha, you poor guy. Asking for advice on this forum can often be like facing a firing squad…and many of the posters here have very strong opinions about Sweden, most of them ... (show full quote)



It's nice to hear from someone who has had a different experience...it kinda balances everything out. I actually enjoyed my "adventure" in Sweden but only stayed for 14 months. I did find a job but not in my field and not at a salary level that was sustainable in the long run and I did not feel like starting over again...so I moved back home. However, your experience may be different. Never know until you try...
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Tenacious185
post 24.Nov.2017, 04:50 PM
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QUOTE (Gjeebes @ 24.Nov.2017, 04:07 PM) *
It's a nice story, but there is a tone of "settling" woven in there...and besides, would you really trust someone who looks like this? ... (show full quote)

Where did you get that picture of me just waking up with no make-up and no filters!?
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Tenacious185
post 24.Nov.2017, 08:13 PM
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QUOTE (Bsmith @ 24.Nov.2017, 04:33 PM) *
It's nice to hear from someone who has had a different experience...it kinda balances everything out. I actually enjoyed my "adventure" in Sweden but only stayed ... (show full quote)

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 of what constitutes a bad situation is different from the average person who lands in Sweden and feels disconnected and depressed. I’ve seen worse, so I’m actually about as happy as I can get here. I guess it will be different for everyone.
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