Successful Company Day at SCIENCE
On Friday 13 March, more than 400 students gathered at the Faculty of SCIENCE to participate in the Company Day. 30 Danish as well as international companies were ready to meet the students and talk to them about internships, student jobs, thesis projects and their future career possibilities, as well as giving a range of workshops with tools and advice for their job search.
Workshops for international students – Build a Career in Denmark
The day was launched through 12 different workshops, preparing the students on how to approach the companies that were present on the day. Some of these workshops were especially aimed towards international students who wish to kick start their career in Denmark. Judith and James, who are both studying the MSc Programme in Climate Change at SCIENCE, participated in the workshop Build a Career: “I feel energized and inspired after the workshop” James told us. “It can be difficult to meet the smaller companies where most of the job positions are, and Marie from the Alumni Association gave us some great advice on how to break the ice.” Judith also found the workshop very helpful: “We learned how to approach private companies, for example through the University's Micro internship programme, as well as the do's and don'ts of job searching in Denmark.”
We learned how to approach private companies, for example through the University's Micro internship programme, as well as the do's and don'ts of job searching in Denmark.”
Judith, MSc student at Climate Change
Show it, don’t tell it
But how do you get from doing research at the University to a job position in a company? Henrike Semmler Le, Consultant at ICES – Marine Research, gave a workshop on Research and Innovation in Denmark, and how to bridge the gap between life as a PhD student and the job market. “Denmark is a good place to start your career. There are great opportunities for working on short termed, but payed, contracts where you get to show the company your skills before they hire you permanently.” She is German herself, and came to Copenhagen to do a PhD in Biology at the Faculty of SCIENCE before starting her career as a consultant for the fish market. By working for different companies on time limited contracts, and using her network, she was able to land herself a job where she uses her scientific knowledge on a daily basis: “I would advise all students to begin networking as soon as possible. Your education is important to a certain extent, but when a company hires you, they will mainly look at your experience.” Moreover, she introduced the students to ICES’s thesis projects, working groups, internships and other tools that can ease the path between researching and a future profession in a private or public company.
Denmark is a good place to start your career. There are great opportunities for working on short termed, but payed, contracts where you get to show the company your skills before they hire you permanently.”
Henrike Semmler Le, ICES Marine Research
After the workshops, fresh sandwiches were served, and the students could have their professional photo taken, get their resume checked by MA (The Union), or visit companies by their stands. Karen Pedersen from Centrovice was also present at the Company Day, and found it the perfect place to meet students and get a sense of their interests and skills: “The students here at SCIENCE are very engaged. By participating in the Company Day, we are able to spot talents within our field.”
The day ended with free coffee being served from “kaffekværnen”, and many students went enthusiastically home with business cards and phone numbers in their pockets. Karina, a student from Molecular Biomedicine, had just discovered the company Biodynamic: “We usually hear quite alot about the larger companies in Denmark, but through the Company Day, I discovered smaller companies that I did not know existed. This has broadened my ideas for future job positions”. Iben, another MSc student at Molecular Biomedicine added: “I wanted to learn about the world of consulting. The employees from the companies have been great to talk to because they can give you specific advice on how to reach your goals. After all, they have a career themselves, and have been a student just like I am.”
The Company Day was arranged by the Alumni Association as well as the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen.