Meet our international graduates

79 % of UCN students stay in the region after they graduate. The number speaks volumes about the positive aspects of a life and career in Northern Denmark.

Uncover viewpoints and advice from different nationalities, study programmes and professions.


Project Coordinator

Meet Miguel from Portugal

Meet Miguel from Portugal

Name: Miguel Oliveira
Nationality: Portuguese
Programme at UCN: AP Service, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and BA International Hospitality Management
Year of graduation: 2013
Current employment: Project Coordinator - International House North Denmark, Aalborg Municipality

Why did you choose to study in Denmark?

I was at the stage of my life where I was considering different options in regards to studying further. I was sure I wanted to be more involved with service and the hospitality industry. Having had previous experiences of living abroad, I decided to also be open for the possibility of studying in another country other than Portugal. This is where I have found UCN and plenty of information on studying in Denmark. I was excited with the possibility to move to Denmark and that is how it all started. Some weeks later, I found myself travelling to Denmark with a 25kg luggage. Little did I know that I would find the Service, Tourism and Hospitality course and life in Aalborg amazing.

What made you decide to stay and work in Denmark after finishing your studies?

While taking an education at UCN and being quite active in the local community through cultural and sport organizations, I have found the Danish culture and Aalborg itself quite interesting. I became interested in the work-life balance that everyone used to tell me about and that was one of the major factors that influenced my decision. Along the way, I managed to have relevant internships and project collaborations that have strengthen my personal and professional network.

The best things about living and working in Denmark?

For me there are two important aspects about living and working in Denmark. The first one, I would need to say is the climate and weather. Coming from the warmest region in Portugal (if not the whole Europe), I became intrigued with experiencing four different yearly seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) and that was a contrast from the climate in my hometown. On the other hand, I believe the Work-Life-Balance that one can find in Denmark is of a great value and importance. Having the opportunity to understand the Danish job mentality and work culture, where employees experience a high degree of autonomy and empowerment at work, resulting in very responsible and balanced approach to our professional life. That means having more time to spend with your family and friends.

How did you get your current job?

I work in the municipality in a project named International House North Denmark, which focuses on supporting companies and international citizens. My tasks range from supporting companies in locating the right international talents (students or graduates) and helping them with identifying internationalization opportunities, to supporting international citizens with information about career opportunities in North Denmark. It is a balance between coordinating activities and being ready to help individuals and companies.

I like to think that I landed this job due to the fact that I was very active and involved in the international society once I was a student. The fact that I did radio at Aalborg Student Radio and participated in several other organizations where I could meet like-minded people and expand my network plays an important role in this achievement. By being proactive and showing interested in the challenges and opportunities of our international community in Aalborg, I quickly managed to have the opportunity to present some ideas to the universities and the International House North Denmark itself.

Your advice to other international students?

My strongest advice for other international students who are considering a career in Denmark is to be active and engaged. Taking initiative and being proactive can open many doors and it will spark many other opportunities for personal and professional development. As an international student, we face challenges such as not knowing the Danish language, or the culture of the country and I can assure you that if you join a sports club, a student organization or embrace the opportunities that the local society offers, you will find encouragement and many different experiences that will bring you close to a job and a life in Denmark.

Digital Marketing Manager

Meet Antonia from Bulgaria

Meet Antonia from Bulgaria

Name: Antonia Chausheva
Nationality: Bulgarian
Programme at UCN: AP Service, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and BA International Sales and Marketing
Year of graduation: 2017
Current employment: Digital Marketing Manager – Trackunit, Aalborg

Why did you choose to study in Denmark?

My journey in Denmark started back in 2013, when I decided to start my higher education at UCN. During High school, I knew I wanted to study abroad so I contacted friends, family and previous high school students who already studied abroad to find out more information and choose the right place for me. I found it interesting, exciting, and scary at the same time and I thought “Yes, I am up for the challenge!”. I was looking at different options and I had heard great reviews for UCN from other students and I have a relative in Aalborg, so I thought it is a great way to start in a new place.

What made you decide to stay and work in Denmark after finishing your studies?

Very quickly, I fell in love with Aalborg and the Danish way of living, it is a mid-sized city with a lot of internationals, an airport nearby and I can bike to most places within 20 min. I like how structured, well-organized, and how many opportunities you have for further development. If you are hardworking, responsible, and ambitious, it is a great environment to achieve a lot.

How did you get your current job?

The way I started my career in Denmark, is my favourite story so far. As part of the education, we were required to have an internship and I had applied to a lot of companies already, so I always had this task at the back of my head. I was on the bus to Blokhus on a Sunday, a sunny town near the beach, when on the way I saw a building with huge windows, and I thought this looks like a nice place to work. So, I wrote down the company name on my phone and I applied on Monday for an internship position in Sales and Marketing. Four years later, I am still employed in the company. Trackunit is a leading technology company specialized in developing fleet management solutions across the globe, operating out of eight offices worldwide. I started as an intern for six months and I was offered a job as International Sales Coordinator. Recently, I shifted into the role of a Digital Marketing Manager, which has been a fantastic journey so far and a learning curve for me in the technology industry. What I like the most is how dynamic and open minded Trackunit is and the amazing opportunities it gives to learn, develop, and try different things.

Your advice to other international students?

If you meet me and ask me for an advice, I would most likely say: “Be open minded, keep your eyes open as you never know when and where the next opportunity will be presented to you. Invest in your network, be curious and do not be afraid to try something new.” In any case, you will win as you will either succeed or learn.

BIM/ICT specialist and CBS coordinator

Meet Stjepan from Croatia

Meet Stjepan from Croatia

Name: Stjepan Mikulic
Nationality: Croatian
Programme at UCN: BA degree in Architectural Technology and Construction Management
Year of graduation: 2019
Current employment: BIM/ICT specialist and CBS (cross-border sourcing) coordinator at Sweco Denmark

Why did you choose to study in Denmark?

I chose to study in Denmark due to a great opportunity I saw in the Architectural Technology & Construction Management course. I believe how studying abroad enriches you with not only new experiences, but also a new perspective. This comes from meeting a different culture, a different system, and new people, essentially creating a more well-rounded person.

What made you decide to stay and work in Denmark after finishing your studies?

With a nationally certified diploma, you become professionally recognized in Denmark for what you know - as long as you know how to use what you've learned. That being said, I have simply seen a wide range of opportunities after graduating from UCN and being able to speak Danish (a crucial asset in my opinion), I have not only been able to apply for jobs in Danish, yet maintain a large network of Danish friends which enrich my social life. If I had not learned Danish, joined a local basketball club, and integrated myself into the society in the best way possible - I would eventually return to my home country.

I stayed in Denmark due to a great opportunity I found in my work, where I'm able to develop myself in the areas of my choice. The economic prosperity I secured has not only helped me to stand firmly on my feet, yet it has greatly benefitted my family in my home country. Being a son and a brother that my parents and siblings can be proud of gives me great motivation for keep pursuing my dreams in Denmark.

The best things about living and working in Denmark?

Great opportunities for development of your skills and knowledge and the ability to work with the latest technology and trends. Understanding of the individual, where family time, personal life, and hobbies matter just as much as the career. Openness and bluntness in business encounters.

How did you get your current job?

By being active on LinkedIn and consistent in my job pursuit, I saw my current boss' post and decided to apply - via an SMS! This was my 60th application and my first interview, where I finally landed a job after 3 circles of screening. The importance of being very active on LinkedIn, contributing to your society and your professional network cannot be overstated.

I work at Sweco, a large engineering corporation of 17,000 people with 1,250 employees in Denmark. In my department, there are 250 people, where the company is managed in a decentralized way, giving great freedom to offices and individuals to affect decisions and introduce changes. I was employed as an Architectural Technologist, where my further development was my own choice. I am currently a BIM Specialist, designing and modelling new buildings all around Denmark.

Your advice to other international students?

Give your best to integrate into the society (i.e. learn Danish) and always go beyond the norm. Don't get satisfied with 'just' the diploma yet make an extra step in an area of your interest, as this extra thing will surely help you to land a job. Always go beyond of what is asked of you and you will be rewarded greatly.

Innovation Solution Analyst

Meet Martina from Czech Republic

Meet Martina from Czech Republic

Name: Martina Lokajova
Nationality: Czech Republic
Programme at UCN: Marketing Management
Year of graduation: 2017
Current employment: Innovation Solution Analyst at Cludo

Why did you choose to study in Denmark?

Since I was in primary school, I dreamt about studying abroad. At the time, I had only the US and the UK in mind. I had not considered Denmark until we had a presentation at our high school by an agency promoting studying in Denmark and the Netherlands. Denmark caught my attention thanks to the following:

Project-based teaching style - less theory and more group projects with real-life cases. Coming from a country where group assignments are not a common part of the curriculum, I was tired of memorizing tons of information without putting it in practice.

High living standards in Denmark - I knew from the media that Denmark (and Scandinavia in general) has high living standards.

What made you decide to stay and work in Denmark after finishing your studies?

My choice to stay was a no-brainer.
Firstly, I knew about the great work-life balance which is, in most cases, supported by Danish companies - no matter whether they are operating only locally or internationally. Even now, when I work full-time, I get to play basketball 2-3 times a week for a team, as well as study Chinese during the week because my working hours are very flexible and it is not expected of me to stay overtime, if it is not necessary. Secondly, based on your experience, you are encouraged to share your opinion and take responsibility in your workplace even if you have just started to work for the first time after graduating. This could be surprising for people coming from a background with companies that consist of a complex hierarchy. Thirdly, I love the vibe of Denmark. I feel like you can be whoever you want to be, and no one will judge you because Denmark is a place with so many different cultures sharing this tiny country. Lastly, the average salary for young professionals seems to be good enough not only to live day-to-day but also to save quite some money (especially if you are in a sales position where you on top of your salary earn commission).

The best things about living and working in Denmark?

The best things about living and working in Denmark are the reasons why I chose to stay, so my answers are above (I got to observe all that during my part-time jobs and then I could decide based on those observations whether to stay or not).

Where do you work?

I work for a SaaS company Cludo that is helping over 800 companies from 39+ industries worldwide provide a good site search experience for their website users (something like a Google search but just for your own website). In short, it is an intelligent site search solution with insights into search analytics. Cludo is still sort of a start-up/scale-up.

My current position is a Partner Account Manager which means that I am building and maintaining relationships with other technology companies and digital agencies who are referring or reselling our solution. There has been a lot going on since I joined in February last year, which is great because I never get bored. Besides building up a partnership strategy and having hundreds of calls and demos with partners and prospects worldwide, I get to travel to conferences and visit our US office which is always fun.

How did you get your current job?

I think I was quite lucky. Around three months before my graduation, I was browsing job posts to see what kind of jobs I would like to apply for after graduating based on a current demand on the market. During that time, I clicked on a post by Cludo on Graduateland and the HR from Cludo could see that I viewed the post. She reached out to me directly on LinkedIn to ask if I would be interested in hearing more about a new job opening that they had for the Danish office. Of course, I said yes and that is how the interview process started. I went through four interviews before I got the final offer.

Your advice to other international students?

If you are scared that you will not get a job, don’t be. If you put the time and the work into building up a strong CV before you graduate, a lot of companies will want to get you on board. Some ways to do that would be e.g., through volunteering in NGOs, part-time internships in start-ups during your studies, and part-time student positions in companies when you already have some experience.

You might have heard other people complaining that they cannot find a job and I am sure there are some who truly have bad luck, but I believe that if you try hard enough in whatever you do, you will eventually succeed and that applies also for finding your dream job in Denmark.

Marketing Coordinator

Meet Marie from Czech Republic

Meet Marie from Czech Republic

Name: Marie Kotaskova
Nationality: Czech Republic
Programme at UCN: Marketing Management
Year of graduation: 2017
Current employment: Marketing Coordinator at LBN Medical

Why did you choose to study in Denmark?

From the beginning of high school, I played with the idea of studying abroad. I was deciding between different countries and universities and chose Denmark because of its approach to education, which focuses on hands-on experience, project work and internships.

What made you decide to stay and work in Denmark after finishing your studies?

The main thing for me is the Danish work-life balance, flat hierarchy, approachable colleagues, and managers in the company I work for. Also, living conditions and the safety net that Denmark provides. Everything seems to be well connected, not too bureaucratic.

Over the past 5 years, Denmark became my home.

The best things about living and working in Denmark?

The previously mentioned work-life balance. I love that in most Danish companies, the working day is usually from 8am to 4pm and employees are not expected to work after hours, that’s their free time, which I appreciate a lot. I also enjoy the fact that Danes work smarter, rather than harder, which makes them more effective, but also gives them more time to spend with their families, friends and on their hobbies.

The Danes are great in English and most major Danish cities are quite international, hence, it is easy to communicate with everyone and also create a network. 

Tell us about your job

I currently work as a marketing assistant at LBN Medical, a worldwide reseller of pre-owned medical imaging equipment. Most of my responsibilities are in digital marketing, I am taking care of content marketing, writing blog posts and creating videos, search engine optimization (SEO), managing Social Media marketing, both organic and paid. Over the last 3,5 years, I have also been involved in different projects such as the utilization of our CRM system by our sales department and preparations for fairs. 

How did you get your current job?

I started working for LBN Medical as a marketing intern in January 2017, which was part of my education at UCN, and I got offered a student position from April 2017. I have been in this company ever since.

What do you like most about your job?

My colleagues and the atmosphere at the company, I look forward to going to work every day. I have a variety of tasks and I have been given a lot of responsibilities, which is very motivating. There is always something new to learn and I have many opportunities to develop myself both personally and professionally.

Your advice to other international students who consider a career in Denmark?

My biggest advice would be to be proactive - get involved in different volunteering activities, network and always be learning. That will definitely pay off.

To have more possibilities while looking for a job in Denmark, speaking Danish is a plus, but not a must.

Digital Marketing Manager

Meet Egle from Lithuania

Meet Egle from Lithuania

Name: Egle Segzdaite
Nationality: Lithuanian
Programme at UCN: International Sales and Marketing
Year of graduation: 2019
Current employment: Digital Marketing Manager – Dynaway

Why did you choose to study in Denmark?

Before graduating from high school, I decided that I wanted to study abroad and shortlisted three countries: Denmark, The Netherlands, and England. Based on different criteria, Denmark was a top choice for certain! First and foremost, I chose to study in Denmark because of the practice and dialogue-based education, which I believe is very important in order to be prepared for a future job.  

What made you decide to stay and work in Denmark after finishing your studies?

During my second year in Denmark, I realized that I wanted to stay here after my studies because of the high living standards, awesome working culture and nice people.

The best things about living and working in Denmark?

I think the best thing about working in Denmark is equality in general. Even when I worked in a hotel in housekeeping, I felt respected; there is basically no gap between a manager and a cleaning lady.

I also feel that people in Denmark are happy. Yes, people are complaining most of the time because we are human beings, but the mood in the air is still happiness, and it affects me as well. We have a saying in Lithuania that happiness is contagious… And I definitely experience that every day!

Tell us about your job

I am working as a Digital Marketing Manager at Dynaway. It is a rather small software company with 25 people; however, Dynaway is owned by a leading Scandinavian technology company EG A/S. 

With a main geographical focus on North America and Europe, Dynaway is a leading provider of Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) solutions for Microsoft Dynamics® platforms. Dynaway products help manufacturing companies to improve their maintenance processes and increase production time.

How did you get your current job?

I got this job through a reference. My classmate was asked to recommend someone with similar skills to hers. After I received the contact information of my future boss, we agreed on an interview within a few minutes. Two days after, I already had a job!

Reference is probably the most powerful way to get a job. As my manager trusted my classmate, he didn't doubt her opinion, and he was already half-convinced that I should get hired, even before the interview.

What do you like most about your job?

 When it comes to my professional job, I love the fact that the company I work for has a flat organizational structure, meaning that everyone in the company is involved in the process of decision making, and their opinion is considered.

Even though, I am rather young and don't have that much professional experience, I get to make important strategic decisions regarding marketing. 

My job is very creative and every day is different. I also get to decide what I want to do most of the days. The company trusts me to prioritize my tasks according to their vision, meaning that there is a lot of responsibility and individuality. I am not micro-managed and get to make my own decisions.

Additionally, our company supports and invests in employees. If I would like to advance my skills or knowledge, I can ask to be sent to courses of my choice, and the company will pay for it as well as let me take education during working hours.

Last but not least, company parties, Friday beers, work-life balance and informal (sometimes laid-back) attitude makes your weekdays a little bit less stressful. 

Your advice to other international students who consider a career in Denmark?

My advice to other international students who consider a career in Denmark would be to:

Network: Go to events, all kinds of events and talk to people!

Focus on what you can do for the company when applying for jobs or during the interviews. Be very specific. For example, I know how to Optimize Search Engine vs. I can increase your company's ranking on Google Search to attract more visitors to your website.

Professional Development: Spend time on your development, build your skills every day! Find online courses, certifications, watch YouTube videos, you name it! And don't forget to highlight them on your CV and LinkedIn.

Contact

Doinita Mihaela Serban
International Consultant

+45 72 69 13 58
dos@ucn.dk
Tue Werner Mikkelsen
International Consultant

+45 72 69 13 05
tfm@ucn.dk