How can I find a relevant student job?
A student job that is relevant in relation to your studies is extremely valuable to have on your CV.
It is a chance to try out your skills from your studies and gain insight into the Danish job market and work place culture. Furthermore, surveys show that the competences you will receive from a student job are valued very much by employers. About 25 % actually result in a job in the same company after the student worker has graduated.
Where do I start?
Many students look for jobs and have a hard time finding one – even Danish students! Therefore, you need to make an effort and make sure that you understand how to describe your skills from former studies and jobs.
What is important when I'm applying for a student job?
Describe yourself as a person in relation to the specific job. Show what you can do and demonstrate initiative in relation to solving specific tasks. The employer is also interested in your personality in relation to the job.
Put yourself in the employer's place - what is relevant to them? Put your professional and personal competencies in relation to the job you are applying for.
Use examples! If you are structured, give an example of a situation where you were structured.
Where can I find the student jobs?
See examples of CVs and cover letters
Are Danish language skills really a must?
For international students it can be difficult to get a job due to lack of Danish language skills. Therefore, we strongly advise you to learn Danish at the language school.
Another excellent way of learning the language which mostly is for free is to get involved with an association where you can meet Danes and practice your Danish. Almost all Danes are part of an association, whether it is a sport, social gathering, or a volunteer organisation.
What about SU?
If you are an EU citizen and you work 43 hours a month in Denmark, you may be entitled to SU (state educational grant). Make sure to carefully read information of SU and how to seek. Read about the rules for student jobs and SU.
What are my rights?
You may think that it is "just" a student job, but you still have rights! In many cases, some very specific rules apply, and there are certain things you are entitled to. E.g., you should have an employment contract signed by both you and your employer. This is your security in the workplace, so make sure you read it carefully. You're also entitled to a safe working environment and a proper explanation if you are fired.
If you are in doubt about e.g. your salary level, you can get help from your trade union. Membership of trade unions is often free as a student.
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Get a guidance session with AAU Career
Throughout your time as a student at AAU, you can get free career guidance on everything to do with your career. You may be in doubt about what you can do with your education, how you can put your competencies into words, or perhaps you need professional eyes on your CV.