The programme targeted newcomers with a research background who were facing difficulties entering the university system and therefore in need of re-orientation for the Swedish labour market. The initiative was a response to the high number of refugees coming to Sweden as of 2015 and onwards.
Strategies for becoming employable
The programme mitigates the challenges that arise when a person moves from an academic career in her home country and need to establish herself in the Swedish labor market. There are tangible differences in university systems, research traditions, employment conditions and career opportunities. The programme was supporting the participants in identifying the differences and developing a strategy for how to become employable in Sweden within or outside academia.
Education, workshops and placement
The programme was organized in two rounds with different formats, where the second round was designed based on the experience from the first round. The first round ran August 2018 to January 2019 on 50%. It combined education activities (pedagogy, academic writing, seminars on research funding etc) with workshops in personal and professional development, study visits and a weekly placement within a department matching the research background of the participant. The second round ran between October and November 2019 as a workshop-series. The workshop-series focused on transferrable skills and career paths for individuals with PhD inside and outside of academia.
A total of 20 person took part in the pilot- programme. The programme will not be organized in this format after 2019. For information on activities and support for newcomers please visit the following page.
The programme was a regional cooperation project with four participating universities; University of Gothenburg (coordinator), University West, Chalmers and the University of Borås. It was a close collaboration with the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen). The programme was funded by STINT (Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education) and by the participating Universities.