Like any other country, Sweden has some professions that are growing and some that are waning. If you’ve been thinking about moving to Sweden or anywhere abroad, it’s a great opportunity to consider how your career could come into play. Learn more about growing job fields in Sweden.
Some of the jobs that are the hardest to get hired for include receptionists, caretakers, and shop assistants. These industries tend to always have enough people ready to jump into the working world and take on a position.
Other industries, however, are starting to see exponential growth and a lack of qualified workers to keep up with them. So, if you’re considering a move, let’s look at some of the fastest-growing job fields in Sweden to determine whether your skills and experience could help you to land a job quickly in an industry that needs your help.
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The Healthcare Industry
The healthcare sector is growing throughout the globe, and Sweden is no exception. Healthcare is a consistently-growing field, and thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, more workers are needed than ever. Many frontline workers in the country have quit because of the pandemic, either because they were overworked or due to fears of the virus. Some of the most important positions that need to be filled include:
Home health aides
If you already have the training and expertise for these (or any other) positions, chances are you’ll be able to get a job quickly within the country. But, even if you don’t have the education needed, you can choose to study right in Sweden to make sure you’re learning everything necessary to be successful.
For example, if you want to become a nurse practitioner, you can take the proper courses and training programs right within the country. You may even end up shadowing at a local hospital or getting an internship, which will make it easier to land a job when you’re ready.
As a healthcare worker, you shouldn’t limit yourself. Your passion should be to go where people are most in need. Right now, because of a shortage of workers, Sweden is definitely in need and will continue to get worse unless workers from other countries come to help.
The Education Sector
There is a teacher shortage in Sweden. Unfortunately, that statement is putting it lightly. It’s estimated that in less than 15 years, the country will be lacking 45,000 qualified teachers if current trends continue.
Most of these teachers are needed in larger metropolitan areas of the country, but there is a growing problem within the Swedish school system: inequality.
Unfortunately, students from certain communities don’t always have the same access to qualified teachers as others. The school system in Sweden is growing, and the National Agency for Education hopes that it will continue to get stronger. But, to do so, more teachers are needed. As it stands today, the forecast for getting those teachers isn’t great.
As a result, the country is actively seeking workers from other countries who have the qualifications to teach. Nearly every level of schooling is lacking at the moment, but the country is really in need of teachers who specialize in specific subjects at a higher grade level. That includes higher education jobs if you have the qualifications to be a professor.
If teaching is truly your passion, you might want to consider making a move to a place where teachers are desperately needed right now and will be for quite some time.
How to Make the Most of a Career in Sweden
Getting a job in Sweden is much like getting one anywhere else. Even though certain careers are in-demand, you’ll still have to go through the process of searching, applying, and potentially going to interviews.
Start with a solid resume and cover letter
That starts with having a solid resume and cover letter. You want to showcase your experience and why you’re the best person for the job concisely and professionally. So, make sure your resume is strong, easy to read, and free from any grammatical errors like:
Mismatched verb tenses
Reliance on a passive voice
Even just a few grammatical errors can make your resume seem less professional and may keep you from getting your shot.
Additionally, it’s important to think about how long you want to spend in Sweden. Obviously, if you get hired into a full-time position, you’ll be in the country for a while. But, maybe you don’t want to move there permanently. In that case, you may need a work visa. A work visa will allow you to stay in the country legally as long as you’re employed. But, every country’s immigration policy is slightly different. So, make sure you do your research before applying.
Taking on a job in Sweden could be a life-changing experience. When you start working in a field that is in desperate need of help, you’ll feel great in knowing you’re doing your part and offering your skills and expertise where it’s truly needed.
Growing Job Fields in Sweden is written exclusively for Daily Scandinavian by Beau Peters. Beau is a creative professional with a lifetime of experience in service and care. As a manager, he has learned a slew of tricks of the trade that he enjoys sharing with others who have the same passion and dedication that he brings to his work. When he is not writing, he enjoys reading and trying new things.
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