Saturday, October 27, 2007
After studying in Sweden you can apply for jobs in Sweden or other European countries such as England, Germany, or may be Canada ,USA etc.. depending on what you studied and what languages you can express your self in. The more languages you know the better for your chances.
I always recommend to people that ,if you want to get a chance in Sweden then you have to learn Swedish .They are no two ways here. If you are an engineer you can get job without knowledge of the Swedish language.If you do not want to learn Swedish but you want a career job the you have to apply for jobs in other countries. They are European scholarships that foreign students can get when you are enrolled in one of their universities.
For me personally i have a masters degree in international marketing but my chances of getting a job here is very minimal because there are no real career jobs for marketers in Sweden except you have had a lot of experience some where else. They are more jobs for computer and electrical engineers.
My advice on this issue is that when you are in Sweden get your degree and look for jobs all over Europe if you want a job out of your home country. If you want a career in Sweden then you must learn the Swedish language and you know it is always free of charge of charge.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The point i want is that if you are applying from a country which has a poor postal system , you might loose your reply or may never see it. One thing that is true and certain is that after applying for your visa the Swedish authorities will and always send you a decision. There is no argument about that. If you do not receive a reply then you have to check out with the nearest post office or the address you were to receive your reply from, if in case you used somebody else´s address. Maybe the post address you used became inactive.
The number to call for your reply should be active and reliable and easily accessed. i think you should buy a mobile phone and keep it active and wait for your reply. You will always get that call and you will know the immigrations decision.
My advice on this issue is that you should try to get a reliable, stable and active postal address and telephone number that is functional so that you can be sure to get a reply and know their decision. You can use a company´s postal address as your recipients if you have a friend or family member working in that company. The reply address and telephone number is a small detail that is very important and should always be considered. How will it be if you can loose you life´s opportunity just because of a simple postal address or a missed call? The ball is now in your court.
Monday, January 08, 2007
I had to go through a process like an interview before i was even called for practice. I did not really understand why they had to interview me. I know if somebody says he is good, give him the chance to prove himself. I do not know how to describe how good I am to control the ball or run with the ball. Soccer is just a game and let me prove myself i told him.
Finally the big day came and the weather was damn cold. I was almost freezing when i got to the big beautiful football pitch. I was told i will get equipment from them but to my greatest dismay i got just shoes and I had to play with the clothes i had on me. I was not the only African but i was the most African in my ways.
I did not understand any word in Swedish and the trainer did not even look at me but i simply followed what the others were doing. After a couple of physical exercises it was time to play a little game . I was in one group of only Swedish guys and they never passed the ball onto me, no matter the position i was standing or even if i was free in front of the goal. They shouted at me when i had the ball and when i missed it they became really angry. I also stopped passing the ball to them and the trainer warned me. When i tackled somebody i was bullied at by that stupid trainer. I did not know what to do. Before the end of the game and after running after the ball and being shouted at, i bowed out of the game. I moved toward our trainer and tanked him for encouraging bulling and discrimination towards me. He wanted to defend himself but i just left.
With my wet, soaked and sweaty clothes i took my old bicycle and started riding about 2km back home. I fell abused, bullied, disappointed and my body was freezing because of my wet clothes on that day. I asked myself if this is really a developed society? How can somebody be discriminated in a simple training session of soccer? Is this really how Sweden is?What a beautiful game!!!
I think a developed society should also have developed morals regarding sociability and acquaintance of human behavior and not only industrial development. I also think that those who discriminate against others because of their sex, age, colour, race etc are all cowards, frustrated, low self-esteem and miss the joy of living and knowing other people.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
You might guess what happened next. I told some guy we lived in the same corridor and he advised me not to convert anything to my local currency and he kindly took me to a cheaper shop in town. I did not do any more brain storming that day and bought the things i needed. I mistakenly got cat food that day, thinking i wanted to try somethng new and because it was cheap.
My tip to every one who will like to move to Sweden or has just arrived in Sweden is that, stop converting prices to your local currency while in Sweden and instead seek advise by asking your neighbours the location of low- priced glocery shops. Do not expect much for there is no really big difference between them. Nothing is really cheap in Sweden and it is an expensive country to live in. Buy what you need and avoid subscribing for unnecesarry things that will not help you.
You can ask people around you to tell you the cheapest shops in town for groceries and other articles you want. They are also second hand shops and you can visit blocket or your local newspaper pages to buy or look for furniture or whatever you might need for housing equipment. You just need to somebody to be shown them. There are also many shopping centers in the bigger towns and you can be lucky to make good deals that suit you. Here are estimated prices of certain basic items you will need:-
(1 Euro = approx. 9 SEK )or ( I dollar =approx 6 SEK:)
- Milk-(Mjölk) SEK 8/litre
- Bread- (Bröd) SEK 10-20/loaf
- Cornflakes box: SEK10- 30
- Margarine/Butter: SEK 20 /500g tub
- Cheese – (Ost) 30 to 50SEK 30-50/kg
- Lamb: SEK 60-90/kg
- Beef: SEK 70-140/kg
- Pork: SEK 50-100/kg
- Chicken:(Kyckling) SEK 30-50/kg
- Chicken Legs(Kyckling klubbor)SEK 20-30/kg
- Eggs: SEK 2 each
- Rice: SEK 30-35/kg
- Pasta: SEK 12/kg
- Soda: SEK 5/33 cl
- Cigarettes: SEK 35.50/packet
- Beer: SEK 6-10/33 cl, 2.8 to 3% alcohol at a Grocery shop
Beer: SEK 10-20/33 cl , 5.2 to 7% alcohol at Systembolaget - the Swedish alcohol retailing monopoly(Opens Mondays to Satudays) The cheapest beer is 33cl, 5.2%alcohol and cost 9kr.
Wine: SEK from 55 /75 cl bottle ( Systembolaget - the Swedish alcohol retailing monooly)
- Newspaper: SEK 12Cinema: SEK 85Theatre: SEK 50-200
- City-centre bus ticket: 16 to 20 Kr
- Dinner with wine or beer:200 to 300kr
- Pizza: 55 to 65 kr
- McBurger:20 to 58 kr
- Bananas:14 to 19kr(kg)
- Apples:12 to 16kr (kg)
- Dinner is an average resturant with wine cost about 250 kr
I hope you do not buy cat food mistakenly like i did or get items and because you read the prices wrongly and be forced to give it back to the cashier because you cannot afford for it. Take all your time in the world if you have it to look for the best deals.Finally it is very expensive to get drunk in Sweden.
Monday, January 01, 2007
After living in Sweden for about a year, i noticed that i had changed in certain ways of looking at various aspects of life, doing things and reacting to people. It is quite interesting when one thinks about it. I collected a couple of this Swedish behavioral patterns of thinking , doing things and also got some of them from friends.
Here are some of the behavioral patterns that will be linked to you after living in Sweden for a certain period of time. It is part of the culture here. It is subjective and there are common things one sees everyday. Here are some of them :-
- You get extremely annoyed when the bus is two minutes late.
- You become a punctuality freak and dump your friends for being late more than once.
- When offered a bottle of beer the first thing you look at is the alcoholic percentage .
- You use the alcohol percentage-per-kroner standard for measuring the quality of beer and wine.
- You get extremely annoyed when somebody is five to ten minutes minutes late.
- The first thing you do upon entering a bank/post office/chemist etc. is to look for the queue number machine.
- You think it is normal EVERYTHING is regulated and you obey the rules voluntarily.
- When a stranger on the street smiles at you, you assume that he is either drunk, insane or is he's an American .
- When someone asks you for "sex" you assume they mean half-a-dozen.
- You no longer fold your paper money. You always put your money in your wallet
- Silence is fun.
- You think that riding a bicycle in the snow is a perfectly sensible thing to do
- You become extremely skilled at assembling prepackaged furniture kits
- You always thinking about of changing ques in a grocery store.
- Your idea of unforgivable behaviour now includes walking across the street when the light is red and there is no WALK symbol, even though there are no cars in sight.
- It no longer seems excessive to spend 1,000kr or 100 euro on alcohol in a single night
- You regard it as sensible to eat ice cream when it is –15C.
- Paying $6 for a cup of coffee seems reasonable.
- You start to differentiate between types of snow.
- You accept you must walk 2 kilometres to collect your book/tape from the Post Office, because they don't deliver small packages (or large ones)
- You own a pocket calendar.
- You start avoiding your neighbour.
- It's normal to have an entire pizza just for yourself.
You read more on http://mystayinsweden.googlepages.com/theswedishways
I hope you are enjoying Sweden and i hope you have a good time when you are in Sweden. You will joins us in looking at the percentage content of alcohol of a beer can or bottle when you are offered one.