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Workindenmarks senaste koncept går under namnet ”Company Dating” och riktar sig särskilt till europeiska studenter vid danska universitet. Eures har talat med en av arrangörerna och en av deltagarna i det innovativa praktikprogrammet.
The programme aims to give international students at Danish universities the opportunity to get experience on the Danish labour market. “Basically, Denmark is quite a network-based society and it’s often the case that you need to know the right people in order to get your first break. This can be tough for European students, so we decided to give them a helping hand,” explains Heidi Ås, EURES Adviser at Workindenmark.
That “helping hand” came in the form of “Company Dating” which saw around 150 applicants vying for just 10 places. At the end of February, the 10 chosen applicants were sent to complete week-long internships at one of the participant companies. “The internships were project-based, so the companies had already planned intensive, focused tasks for the students to work on,” asserts Heidi. The objective of the programme was to promote students to Danish companies as a valuable resource.
One of the students who took part in the programme was Gergely Tas, a young Hungarian postgraduate student at Copenhagen Business School. “I didn’t know what company I’d be working for but it seemed like a great opportunity to get valuable working experience whilst still a student,” he notes.
Gergely worked for Danish company Danelec Marine. “The firm had just completed rebranding and I was asked to produce a quite exhaustive sales presentation for distributors,” says Gergely. “The work was challenging but manageable and I got invaluable, practical experience in a Danish SME,” he explains. The company was so pleased with Gergely’s debut that, following the week-long internship, they offered him a paid position as a student assistant.
All in all, the “Company Dating” programme was a huge success – all of the students surveyed evaluated the programme’s concept positively – and Heidi points out that Workindenmark plans to repeat it at the end of 2012 or in 2013. “At the end of the day, it makes sense for us to retain highly-qualified students in Denmark, and helping them to get a feel for the Danish labour market is one important step in this direction”.