I have been looking for a part-time job since I started at Chalmers as a way to gain work experience in Sweden before I graduate. However, I had many questions before I got started: “How am I going to find one? Will it be easy? Is it going to be hard to balance working life with my studies?”.
After a couple of months, I was amazed by all the opportunities to find work here. I realized that there are many departments at the university, companies, research centres, restaurants, and cafés here in Gothenburg that are looking for student employees. You just need to open your eyes! At least that is how I found my job. Once I have seen their poster at the campus saying that they are recruiting students and attended their after work*, it sounded fun to work there. Then finally, after only three months in Gothenburg, I reached my goal. Now I am working as a consultant at Chalmers Teknologkonsulter (CTK)
. It is a student-driven consultancy company connected to Chalmers which is also my favourite part about it. It’s an amazing opportunity to experience Swedish business life as well as having fellow students as your colleagues.
As a consultant at CTK, I am required to work ten hours per week where I attend business meetings with companies and work in various projects related to my study area. And as a student from Management and Economics of Innovation master’s program, I generally have 1-2 days off during each study period. So, no! For me, it is not a big deal to find a balance between studies and work since my motivation and work ethic is high.
Moreover, maybe the most important thing to keep in mind is that I am in Sweden, the country where the work-life balance
is given high importance. I can truly say that I really feel it when I am working here. At work, I have flexible hours, I can generally work whenever and wherever I want . Isn’t that the coolest thing ever?! It gives me so much freedom! I can work in the morning, in the evening or during the weekend. All I have to do is just to plan ahead, keep my agenda updated all the time and stay in close communication with my team.
Besides all of this freedom, I find many sources of motivation at work that help me to stay on track. I am regularly asked by my managers for feedback about the workplace. We have team-building activities, go to after works
and of course, have fika breaks
with colleagues. These are all very new concepts for me compared to working in Turkey. We, of course, love coffee breaks, hang-outs and small chats in Turkey too, but we don’t give these activities specific names and make them essential parts of our working life as Swedes do.