Getting the job is just half the battle - after that, you've got to learn the ways of a Danish workplace. Photo: Colourbox
Getting a job is one thing in Denmark – we already know that it’s difficult and time consuming. But what is there to do after you’ve landed the job? Starting a job in any country can be hectic, what with all the paperwork and practicalities to consider. It can be daunting, but especially for foreigners who often find it quite confusing to navigate their way around new surroundings. And once you are settled in, how do you make sure that you can meet your objectives, whether it be maintaining a healthy work-life balance or advancing up the corporate ladder?
We hope to provide some insights with a new regular feature. You may have seen that we recently launched a new column written by Franco Soldera of NemCV. Joining in this venture is Nancy Rasmussen, who has been using her experience in HR to advise on business development for NemCV. Nancy’s columns will focus on answering your questions about careers and the workplace.
Since earning her MBA in 2002, Nancy has accumulated over 12 years of experience with international companies, both in the US and Denmark. In 2013, Nancy moved to Denmark from the US for what is a fairly common reason: love. Her husband is a Danish citizen and they made the decision to settle down in Denmark, where she has transitioned in quite well. She has 10 solid years of experience within HR, in a variety of roles. She became interested in helping out at NemCV after attending one of their workshops and creating her CV using the NemCV tool, which led to an immediate callback and subsequent job offer as an HR Business Partner at a large international company in Denmark. Since then, she has been helping NemCV intermittently on projects in her free time.
“I was really impressed by the NemCV workshops and the guys are very dedicated to linking people to jobs here in Denmark”, she said. “They’ve created a CV format that is easy to review and presents the candidate in the best light possible. I have also always enjoyed helping people, be it friends or colleagues, or just people in my network, to make a professional CV that really highlights their skills and experience, so it seemed like a natural fit to get involved”.
“I am excited for the opportunity to write this column and help further by providing insights and tips for new employees in Denmark. There are a lot of confusing things to learn about, for example tax cards, insurance, and how vacation time works. But even more importantly, a lot of foreigners have questions about how to get the most out of their time here in Denmark and how they can work toward developing their careers here. I hope to address some of these questions and more in this column”.
So, readers, what do YOU want to know about working in Denmark? Send us your questions and Nancy will provide the answers. We look forward to hearing from you!
Nancy is currently employed as a Change Management Consultant, supporting IT projects. She has more than 12 years of experience within large, international companies. She writes this column in her free-time in connection with NemCV. This column is not affiliated with her current full-time employment.