Lärosäten Syd Alumni Networking in Brussels

On Tuesday 21 May, alumni from Lund University, as well as 5 other universities from southern Sweden gathered at Nordic House in Brussels for an alumni networking reception. This was a great opportunity to meet alumni in the area and it was the first time we have collaborated on an alumni event for members of Lärosäten Syd.

The objectives of Lärosäten Syd’s Brussels office, which opened in August 2018, are to help to raise the profiles of our excellent researchers and to engage in discussions on policy and programme developments. We are in Brussels because we want to make a positive contribution to the shaping of the missions and the challenge-driven European research and education agenda. And universities have a great deal to contribute with here.

As a university network, we realise the importance of engaging through networks in the European capital. We therefore hope that the bringing together of this alumni network will be as beneficial for alumni’s personal networking, as it will be for us in reaching out to the impressive pool of talent from our universities that have made a career in Brussels.

We are impressed to see the width of organisations where alumni from the universities in south Sweden are currently working. Among those who attended the event were alumni from all six universities, from diverse organisations including several DGs in the European Commission, the European Parliament, two permanent representations, a handful of regional offices, Brussels media, law firms, trade associations, educational and green NGOs, universities, and a brewery!

With many international guests, as well as Swedish guests, this event lended itself as a great networking opportunity for alumni! With the postive feedback we’ve received, we hope to host another event in Brussels in the future! Stay tuned. 🙂 

Goodies for our alumni!

 

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Alumni panel share their experiences on finding a job in Sweden

What do some of our former international students have to say about their job hunt?

On Wednesday 8 May, a panel of four alumni shared their experiences of how they landed a job in Sweden. Current international Masters students had the chance to listen in and hear first-hand about life after studies, while getting some useful tips for the job hunt. Whether it was submitting over 200 job applications or utilising their network, we got the inside scoop from these alumni.

Panel members included Allisa Lindo, Angel Nikolov, Markéta Urbanová and Sarthak Das.

Allisa Lindo is an alumna from the master’s degree programme in Media and Communication Studies, class of 2017. Today, Allisa works as a Growth Marketing Manager at Brandox in the Malmö start-up scene.

Angel Nikolov is an alumnus from the master’s degree programme in Management at the School of Economics and Management, class of 2017. Today, Angel as a Sales Development Representative, reaching out to new potential clients, at Web Manuals in Malmö. He is also board member of the Web Manuals Foundation whose focus is girls’ education and women entrepreneurship in developing countries.

Markéta Urbanová has two degrees from Lund University and is an alumna from the master’s degree programme in Globalisation, Brands and Consumption (2016) and the master’s degree programme in Asian Studies (2018). She started her career in Sweden as a Search Marketer at Sony Mobile Communications. Last year she moved on to try her wings in Denmark and works today as a Digital Marketer at DFDS.

Sarthak Das finished his studies from the Wireless Communications master’s degree programme at the Faculty of Engineering (LTH) in 2016. After a year in Gothenburg, Sarthak is back in Skåne working as a Developer at Ericsson.

Top tips and words of wisdom from the panel:

  1. Book an “informational fika” (a.k.a. informational interview). This is a great way to network and reconnect with your contacts, who could be helpful in the job search. It is also a chance to present your qualifications, leave a good impression and present them with the opportunity to help.

  2. When applying for a job, create a map that tells a story of your experience and what you can do, in relation to the job description. Mapping out your skills and experiences based on the job description can help you better construct your cover letter and CV so it stands out to the employer.

  3. It is good to have a strategy/plan for finding a job, but often times you need to modify it. Be open to that possibility.

  4. Reach out to interesting companies, even if they don’t have any postings. Or, even if you are not a fit for the posted position, reach out and see if there is a potential position that is similar and/or suitable for you. Sometimes it leads to getting hired, or possibly an internship. Worst case, they simply say no.

  5. Don’t be scared if you can’t speak Swedish. However, the openness to learn the language is a desirable trait. All panel members got a job without being fluent in Swedish.

  6. Everyone you know is your network and everyone in your network has a network. That’s lots you can tap in to!

    Here are a few tips for networking:
    • Attend meetups and events
    • Utilise informational interviews/fika
    • Write LinkedIn messages to enhance and expand your network
    • Check out InterNations.org
    • Remember that networking is not only about getting something from others; always present what you can bring to the table

  7. If you get rejected, ask for feedback. This can help improve your approach in other job applications.

  8. Our brain is limited to what we know and/or have experienced – so how do we know what our “dream job” really is? Don’t get too locked in on your “dream job” vision.

  9. Don’t be deterred if you don’t match 100% of the job description. If you are interested or bring something to the position, apply! Think of the job description as the employer’s wish list.

  10. Reach out to the HR staff during the application process so you’re in their mind when they review your application. (Note: There is a fine line between pushy/needy and genuinely enthusiastic. Keep it professional and contact companies only with relevant questions.)

Bonus tip for engineering students: ARKAD job fair is a good place to meet companies and potential employers!

Lastly, one of the attendees asked our panel, did you panic while waiting to hear back from the companies you applied to? If so, how did you handle that panic? Great question, and yes, they panicked. Our alumni advised that the best way to handle the feeling of panic is to accept that things are not always going to end the way you think…however, it can still be a successful ending. Remember that all job hunters are in the same situation. It is easiest to give up, but don’t do that!

Thank you, once again, to our panel of alumni! Your honest stories and experiences have inspired us all!

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8 quick questions with the celebrated author…

… of Lund crime novel A Nearly Normal Family.

Alumnus Mattias Edvardsson’s A Nearly Normal Family is a gripping thriller about how far one would go to protect loved ones. In this twisted narrative of love and murder in Lund, a horrific crime leads a seemingly normal family to question everything they thought they knew about their life―and one another.

head shot Mattias Edvardsson and book front cover

Hello author and alumnus Mattias Edvardsson! When did you study at Lund University?

– I studied literature, Swedish and psychology between 1996-2000.

Your book A Nearly Normal Family (En helt vanlig familj) has been sold in over 30 countries and has gained a lot of positive attention since the release. What is the secret ingredient in this book that makes it so thrilling?

– I don’t think there is a secret ingredient, but based on what I’ve been told by publishers and readers around the world, it’s easy to identify with the characters. In other words, the reader contemplates “it could have been me”. In addition, the moral dilemma in the book is universal – How far would you go to protect your children?

Many authors don’t use their actual hometowns as the setting for their books, why did you?

– On one hand it has to do with pure laziness. It’s very convenient when you have the places you write about just around the corner. And then of course, I love Lund. It’s a wonderful town and if I can contribute to spreading the word about it, then it’s my pleasure to do so.

What is your writing process?

– I start off by creating characters that I can relate to and then I put them in a bad emotional place or in a difficult situation, which they have to handle. From there, I just start writing. I often rewrite my text many times. Over time, you get to know your characters better and come up with new ideas. 

Two of your main characters in this book is a priest and another a teenage girl/young woman – how do you relate to them and how did you find their voices when creating their characters?

– I often think of it as acting. I take on the role of the character and let her/him speak in my head. It´s not easy to describe. But to create a realistic character I think I have to put some parts of myself, my feelings or thoughts, in it. Human beings tend to have very much in common, regardless if we are 18 or 40, a priest or a construction worker, woman or man.

A part from being an author, you also work as a teacher; but did you always know you wanted to write books?

– I have dreamt about becoming a writer since I was five or six years old and I have written since then. I have previously published novels and books for children and young adults, but A Nearly Normal Family gave me a big breakthrough in Sweden and internationally.

There are rumors that this book will be made into a Hollywood film. What can you say about that?

– The rights are sold and a producer and director are involved, but it’s a long process and I am not really allowed to tell anyone. Oops.

What are you reading yourself this summer?

– I just finished Celeste Ng’s fantastic novel Little Fires Everywhere. Now I’m looking forward to my Norwegian colleague Geir Tangen’s new crime novel Heartbreaker.

 

Text: Helga Heun
Photo: Caroline Ann Andersson

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Visiting alumni in Tbilisi

The guest blogger for this post is James Rhys Davies, Geology alumnus, international marketing and recruitment assistant at LU and active member of the Association of Foreign Affairs in Lund (UPF), who organised a student and alumni event during a UPF-visit in Tbilisi, Georgia.

UPF visiting students and alumni in Tbilisi

UPF visiting students and alumni in Tbilisi

Last month the Association of Foreign Affairs (UPF) in Lund visited Tbilisi, Georgia and had the opportunity to meet with Lund students new and old. While fika is not in the Georgian dictionary, we made do with the closest equivalent: a hearty breakfast and a good chat.

I remember when I was first admitted to Lund University: of course, the great feeling of excitement about spending the next two years in Sweden at one of the best universities in Europe, but also a sense of stepping into the unknown, really not knowing what to expect, no matter how many websites and Internet forums you stumble across. Some things just can’t be explained in a blog post.

Every international student has had the same feeling, and we all enjoy the chance to speak with people who have trodden the path before us; the chance to hear a few words of advice, some reassurance, and an opportunity to ask any questions that are on our minds.
And so it was that we brought eight newly admitted students, three Georgian alumni and 15 from UPF, bachelor and master, Swedish and international, science and humanities, together to share our experiences. Among the newly admitted students, there was an abundance of law students who had been admitted to the International Human Rights Law and European Business Law master programmes, and fortunately for them, UPF’s Head of Travel, Colette, had taken the International Human Rights Law programme herself.

Breakfast in Tbilisi

Breakfast in Tbilisi

And it wasn’t just the newly admitted students who had a lot to talk about. The alumni had gone on to have very interesting careers indeed. A recent finance graduate, Nino, was working for TBC Bank, the largest bank in Georgia, while a less recent graduate from the Law faculty (again), George, was now in the Georgian parliament and previously Vice-Chair of the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT). One of the highlights of the morning was George’s stories of his recent work trip to Turkmenistan, a country almost as closed as North Korea, which inspired a number of us to find out more.

Georgia is known for its hospitality, and the breakfast did not disappoint. Our hosts at Kikliko were so friendly, accommodating and curious, and by the end by the end of the morning we had come away with a number of new friends and even an invitation to a concert they were playing at later that evening. Unfortunately for us, their performance was starting well past our bedtime. But perhaps we will have a chance at the next reunion…


Text & Photo: James Rhys Davies

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Alumni help with recruitment efforts in Kenya and Ghana

Lund University staff received a warm welcome from alumni based in Kenya during a recruitment tour earlier this spring. Dickson Minjire Kinuthia (MSc Development Studies 2014-2016), Joyce Ojino (MSc Environmental Management and Policy 2014-2016) and Eunice Muthoni Muthee (MSc International Strategic Management 2017-2018) attended the alumni breakfast event in Nairobi – the first LU alumni event to be organised in Kenya.

The alumni shared stories and perspectives from their time at Lund University; discussed ideas to help connect more alumni in Kenya; and put forward suggestions to help create more awareness for Lund University as a study destination for Kenyan students.

Dickson and Eunice also participated at the Lund University information meeting for around 55 Master’s degree applicants waiting their admission results. They offered valuable tips for future students, covering topics ranging from academic differences, student life, food and hair care.

Joyce and Dickson kindly offered to be local tour guides, taking Megan Grindlay and Babs Kunle (International Marketing and Recruitment staff) to a local market, the top of the Kenyatta Conference Center building and sharing delicious local food (including ugali, chapati, sukuma wiki, wali, mbuzi, nyama ya ng’ombe and supu ya kuku).

The visit to Nairobi was part of a student recruitment tour, which included education fairs in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya and information events for Lund applicants in four cities.

It was also a pleasure to connect with Ghanaian alumn Musah Ibrahim (MSc Development Studies 2013-2015) who presented at the information meeting for close to 100 Lund University applicants in Accra.

Our thanks to our fantastic alumni for their support of Lund University recruitment initiatives.

 

Text & Photo: Megan Grindlay, International Marketing Manager

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Photo contest winners 2019

Every year, current international students submit their photos for the “My Lund University Experience” photo contest. This year, we announced three winners. 

So totally Swedish

“Head-sized cinnamon bun!” by Wai Lam Ip

When mum says “You can only have ONE.”
Wai Lam Ip, Exchange student from China

Study moments at Lund University

“Leafy Library” by Michaile Jamieson

Ironically, everyone takes photos of the main Lund Library from the outside because it is outstandingly beautiful, but the inside of the library deserves some credit too. This was my study view and is my favourite study spot in.
Michaile Jamieson, Psychology student from Ireland

My Friends in Sweden

“Hiking in Söderåsen National Park” by Waqas Haider

This was a trip in welcome week. While we were close to finish point I took this photo in excitement.
Waqas Haider, Fire engeenering student from Pakistan & Belgium

 

A couple of the winners with their prize (Kånken backpack)!

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LU Alumni around the world: Muscat

Marrieke van OversteegThis week we meet Marrieke van Oversteeg, alumna from the Master of Science in Economic History, class of 2014. Today Marrieke works as an Economic/Trade Policy Officer and Business Developer in the Gulf Region at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Muscat, Oman.

 

 

You graduated from Lund University in 2014. What have you been up to since your graduation?
After my graduation I started an internship at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Muscat, Oman. At that time we had a small team at the Embassy which made the work very diverse. The internship lasted 5 months after which I went home to the Netherlands for the Christmas holidays. During the holidays I was contacted to do research on the energy sector at the Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for 4 months. It gave me a great opportunity to experience life in Saudi Arabia. As the 4 months passed I applied for the vacancy of Business Developer for the Gulf Region. I am part of a Regional Business Development team that focuses on business development in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Besides working, I started studying Arabic since I arrived in Oman, which is a difficult language to learn but I am determined to become fluent one day.

Regional Conference with colleagues of other Embassies

Regional Conference with colleagues of other Embassies

What does a typical day at work look like for you?
I drive, as it is hard to walk or bike in Muscat, to our office which is located in a neighborhood close to the sea. I work in a very diverse team with many different nationalities. Within the Embassy I work in the Economic Team which focuses on promoting Dutch businesses in Oman. I try to facilitate contacts and contracts between Dutch companies and Omani stakeholders. My priorities are the logistics and the water sectors. As Oman is ranked in the top 10 of the most water-stressed countries by 2040 according to the World Resources Institute the need for dialogue and cooperation on this topic is evident. The Netherlands is well-known for its strengths in the water sector, such as water governance and technologies. Therefore we see the added value of dialogue and cooperation with a country such as Oman on national as well as regional water challenges.

Delegation from the Netherlands visit Oman

Regional Water Delegation visit to the Netherlands

The work is never a routine, and every day is different. Working in an Embassy opens many doors. One day I join the Ambassador in a meeting with a Minister, and another day we are invited to an Open Golf Tournament to see a well-known Dutch golf player. We attend several conferences and exhibitions such as the International Road Union World Congress or the Oman Energy & Water Conference. Within our team we follow political and economic developments and of course there is the administrative work that needs to be done.

Visit of the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation to Oman

Visit of the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation to Oman

What do you enjoy most about your work?
What I like most are the insights it gives into the development of a national economy. During my first months at the Embassy the oil price started dropping which led to one of the largest oil price declines (between 2014 and early 2016) in modern history according to the World Bank. While the prices slowly recovered it affected the country’s economy and signaled the importance of diversification of the economy. The Government of Oman set up a programme called Tanfeedh to look into the possibilities of diversifying the economy. Sectors such as Logistics and Tourism have been identified as priority sectors which could contribute to the diversification plan.

Has your education from Lund University been beneficial for you in your work? In what ways?
The masters in Economic History contributed to my understanding of the economic development of a country and the challenges that come along with it.

How did you come to the decision to move to, and start working, in Oman?
I was born in Oman and when I saw the vacancy for the internship I thought it would be a good chance to see where we used to live. To start working in Oman longer term was an easy decision as it is a beautiful country, with great people and interesting work challenges. The most difficult aspect about living abroad is missing your family and friends.

How does everyday life differ between the Netherlands and Oman?
First of all, I miss riding a bicycle, which is a bit difficult in Muscat. The weather is very different, I love the sunny weather but the summer can get quite hot (even above 50ᵒC!). The lifestyle in Muscat is quite relaxed compared to the Netherlands.

Beach in Oman

The beach in Oman

What do you enjoy doing on your free-time?
Oman is a beautiful country with mountains, sea, beaches and desert. You are allowed to camp everywhere which gives great possibilities for weekends away from the city. When you go snorkeling the coral is amazing and quite often you can see turtles. I have a group of friends with whom we go hiking in the mountains regularly. Oman is a great holiday destination.

Snorkeling at Damaniyat Islands

Snorkeling at Damaniyat Islands

What is your favourite memories of your student days in Lund?
We had a very interesting group of students on the Economic History programme, all with different backgrounds and nationalities, which made the discussions very stimulating.

Besides studying, I took a great trip in Sweden to Stockholm, where I went to a concert of Avicii (who sadly passed away in Oman last year…). I did some sailing with my group of friends, was part of the Lund Rowing Club and I loved going to Copenhagen. This summer my parents will be sailing in Sweden and I will try to visit them and maybe Lund again.

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The Doctoral Conferment ceremony

The doctoral conferment ceremony is the major academic event of the year at Lund University. Ceremonies have been held since the late 1600s, with the ceremony taking place at the end of May/early June. Traditionally, the University’s nine faculties together organise the doctoral degree ceremony. At the ceremony, the University bestows its highest honour on those who have completed a doctoral degree and defended their thesis.

Doctoral conferment ceremony

Doctoral conferment ceremony in Lund Cathedral

At precisely 12:00pm today, 24 May, the doors of the main university building are thrown open to the procession in which the doctoral graduands, the promovendi, led by the Chief of Protocol and escorted by ceremonial officers, make their way through the Lundagård park to the Lund Cathedral, in which the ceremony takes place.

Doctoral conferment procession

The doctoral conferment procession with Lund University vice chancellor Torbjörn von Schantz, bishop Johan Tyrberg, and former vice chancellor Boel Flodgren (1992-2002)

At 12.00 you also hear several canon shots fired in Lundagård as a salute given for the the doctoral graduands. Wendes Artillery Regiment assists the University in saluting the jubilee doctors with two shots, the honorary doctors with one shot and the new doctors at each faculty with three shots.

Doctoral conferment procession

Canon smoke in Lundagård – the salute by Wendes Artillery Regiment

Hats, wreaths, rings and muses? Learn more about the historical ceremony below.

Learn more about the Doctoral conferment ceremony

 

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Open lectures by 2019 Honorary Doctors

It’s soon time for the doctoral degree conferment ceremony on 24 May. Several Honorary Doctors will be in town and giving lectures open to the public 22-23 May. If you’re also in town, you’re welcome to attend! See details below.

Hats of the doctoral degree conferment ceremony

Honorary Doctors at the School of Economics and Management

Anders Dahlvig – “The transformation of retail and what it takes to succeed”
When: 23 May, 13.00-14.00
Where: EC3:211, Holger Crafoords Ekonomicentrum EC3, Tycho Brahes väg 1, Lund
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Professor Irvine Lapsley – “Unfinished Business: The NPM Story”
When: 23 May, 11.00-12.00
Where: EC3:211, Holger Crafoords Ekonomicentrum EC3, Tycho Brahes väg 1, Lund
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Honorary Doctors at the Faculty of Theology

Professor Corinna Körting – “A Look Behind the Scenes – Dreams and Visions in the Ancient Near East and the Old Testament”
When: 23 May, 09.15
Where: LUX:C126, LUX, Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Mark D. Nanos – “Paul: Why Bother? A Jewish Perspective”
When: 23 May, 10.15
Where: LUX:C126, LUX, Helgonavägen 3, Lund

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Honorary Doctors at the Faculty of Humanities

Bruce Karstadt – “Mattering More: One Museum’s Story”
When: 22 May, 17.15
Where: LUX:C121, LUX, Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Professor Helle Vandkilde – “Pile in Scania and the Beginning of the Nordic Bronze Age.”
When: 22 May, 18.15
Where: LUX:C121, LUX, Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Professor Timothy Snyder – “Why Politics Needs History”
When: 23 May, 19.00
Where: LUX auditorium, LUX, Helgonavägen 3, Lund
Please note, ticket required. Tickets available at the LUX reception (open Mon-Fri 09.00-15.00)

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Honorary Doctor of Malmö Theatre Academy

Conversation with Milo Rau
When: 23 May, 18.00
Where: INKONST, Bergsgatan 29, Malmö
Ticket required.
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Honorary Doctors at the Faculty of Engineering (LTH)

Professor José van Dijck – “The digital platform society: A European perspective”
When: 23 May, 08.30
Where: MA1 in Annexet, LTH, Sölvegatan 20 entrance C
Registration required.
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Arne Staby – “Chemical engineering in the biopharmaceutical industry – Challenges and experiences”
When: 23 May, 09.30
Where: MA1 in Annexet, LTH, Sölvegatan 20 entrance C
Registration required.
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Professor Tord Kjellström – “Reducing climate change related heat stress at work – The need to combine health and engineering science for global protection”
When: 23 May, 10.30
Where: MA1 in Annexet, LTH, Sölvegatan 20 entrance C
Registration required.
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Honorary Doctors at the Faculty of Science

Stanley Micklavzina – “Physics demonstrations in formal and informal education”
When: 23 May, 10.00-12.00
Where: Lundmarksalen, Astronomihuset, Sölvegatan 27, Lund

Professor Karin Åkerfeldt – “Peptide mischief: educating through undergraduate research in a collaborative setting”
When: 23 May, 10.00-12.00
Where: Lundmarksalen, Astronomihuset, Sölvegatan 27, Lund

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Honorary Doctor at the Faculty of Social Sciences

Conversation with Tomas Ramberg (in Swedish)
When: 23 May, 17.30
Where: Edens hörsal, Paradisgatan 5H, Lund
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LU Alumni around the world: Hobart, Tasmania

Linda KarlssonThis week in the “LU Alumni around the world series” we meet Linda Karlsson, alumna from Equality and Diversity Management programme, class of 2014. After graduation, Linda moved down under, to Australia, to start a career with the goal to improve gender equality in the workplace.

 

You graduated from the Bachelor’s programme in Equality and Diversity Management in 2014. What have you been up to since your graduation?
After graduation I moved to Brisbane in Australia where I had previously spent a one year exchange whilst completing my studies at Lund University. Whilst at University of Queensland I met my now partner and decided to go back once my degree in Sweden was completed. I started working on a joint project with the NSW Government, SBS Television and IES developing training programs in cultural competency and inclusion for the Australian workforce. I now work as the Social Impact Lead for an international jobs platform called WORK180. We pre-screen employers against a set of criteria to identify their level of support for women and gender equality in the workplace.

The WORK180 team

The WORK180 team

We’ve flipped the traditional jobs platform model on its head and shifted the power to job seekers. In a world’s first, women have access to information about employers and can make an educated decision before applying for jobs. Only jobs by endorsed employers can be advertised on the site. We also help employers improve their policies and develop a transparent and trustworthy employer brand.

What does your typical work day look like?
WORK180 was founded in Australia in 2015 and we recently launched in the UK and we are entering the US market later this year. Everyday is a varied day. But it always starts with a coffee.

At the office

At the office

Over time we have expanded the team to being just a few of us doing everything, to more people coming on board for defined roles. At this point in time, my focus is on growing our partner network of organisations and association sharing our values.

I’m currently planning the campaigns we will run in 2019 in collaboration with employers and partners to raise awareness around various topics such as flexible working, access to paid parental leave, women in leadership and annual events such as International Women’s Day and SuperDaughter Day. Next week I’m also speaking with the organisation Women in Fire Services to see what we can do to improve gender diversity in the space and support their work. The other week I also attended a Symposium in Melbourne with Dr. Iris Bohnet and VicHealth, presenting a Case Study on how to use behavioural insights to fast track gender equality. Finally, I have a rather large article to write, summarising the social impact we have recorded last year and the incredible change we have seen in our network of endorsed employers. Oh and I also try to make sure I squeeze in a lunch time session at the gym during the day to help keep the energy levels up for the afternoon, I find that helps a lot. Along with coffee!

Has your Lund University education been beneficial in your work? In what ways?
I absolutely loved my Equality and Diversity Management degree at Lund University, and it is truly amazing to be able to apply all the theoretical knowledge we were taught in my daily work life. I was also heavily involved in the student life at Lund and the Social Sciences Union. I believe this is equally as important to help prepare yourself for the workplace. Whilst at university, I also learnt how to manage my time really effectively which has proven helpful as I tend to have a lot of things going on simultaneously.

You are one of the founders of The Hive Collective. Can you tell us more about this project?
The Hive Collective is a community-lead networking group run by women for women. It basically started in the office kitchen at this really hip tech company called LiveTiles, where the other co-founder Annie works. We both realized we had the same idea of wanting to start a network for mid-career women like ourselves. We wanted to create a supportive and inclusive collective, to connect, mentor and learn practical career advice and solutions from already successful women in business. Fast forward about 8 weeks and we had our first event with over 85 people registered!

Linda and Annie with the Hive banner

Linda and Annie with the Hive banner

We were blown away by the support we received and interest in the group. Our first speaker was Camille O’Meara, General Manager, Asset Services at construction company Stornoway talking about using transferable skills to advance your career. We are soon hosting our next event with guest speaker Kathryn Morgan-Wicks, Secretary at the Department of Justice and one of the most senior women in the state public sector. We are really excited to grow the collective. Our biggest challenge right now is to find a big enough space for everyone on the night, it’s a pretty good problem to have!

What are the most enriching parts of working with diversity management?
It’s incredibly rewarding to work on projects that truly create social change and contribute to making our world a better place. Coming from Sweden but working in Australia you quickly realise how far Scandinavia is when it comes to gender equality. Many of the things I’ve taken for granted growing up such as access to affordable childcare or paid parental leave for both parents is not a mandatory part of Australia’s workplace and society. Being part of changing this and setting a new standard for what to expect from an employer is a really fulfilling job to do.

Linda and a colleague at WORK180

“A photo we took when building our library of stock images. This is me and my co-worker Marshie clearly doing something important on our computers haha.”

Where do you see yourself in five years?
At WORK180, we have an ambitious mission of becoming the number 1 job platform for women globally. I see myself as part of this journey and I’m excited to think about the tremendous change we will be contributing to. Hopefully, at some point in a near future (five years from now?), we can look back at the work and comfortably say WORK180 is no longer needed.

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