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Category: Moving to Sweden

Adjusting to Sweden 

Sweden is beautiful and I’m liking things so far. But I have to admit it’s all very hard – starting a new job, making new friends, figuring out the simplest things like sending out mail, being away from my mom, etc. The foreignness/ newness makes it hard to feel at home. My guy and I have done an okay job meeting new people and trying out new things every weekend to keep ourselves occupied. We plan on joining an Expat Pub Crawl group to meet more people and we have a few awesome trips coming up. 

Going through this move has made me appreciate my mom a lot more. Moving to Sweden was tough, but at least I can somehow figure things out since most Swedes speak English. My mom came to the US with no education and no English skills. She worked three jobs and eventually started her own business. I can’t even imagine the strength and the grit it took…

How We Met…

I made this move for a guy and I never really talked about us, how we met, etc. I thought of it after filling out a comment to enter myself into one of Kenzas big giveaway (hope I get it).

So where to begin… I normally do not go out EVER (I am a home girl, I like my movies and PJs). It was my last week in college so my friends and I decided to go out and have a bit “fun.” We drank and found out that our alcohol tolerance had skydived tremendously – by the time I got to the club, I was pretty drunk (classy, I know). We ended up at a club in Chinatown in Boston, and it happened to be Asian night. Music was good and we all had so much fun! But in the sea of Asians, I saw this white thing doing this dorky, hokey pokey dance. I went over and asked if he wanted to dance. I gave him my number and we went our separate ways – he did chase me around 5 times that night (not creepy at all). The next day, I texted him and after a month we went out on a real (sober) date. 4 years later, I moved to SWEDEN with him and we are living happily ever after (minus when he forgets to take out the trash and clean his dishes or when he forgets to leave the toilet seat down). Yep, happily ever after.

My mom still thinks we met at a company outing… NOT at a club. We are keeping it classy.

Found a Job in Stockholm! 

I moved to Stockholm permanently on October 15th. I had about 6 final interviews the week of the 17th and got 3 offers by the end of the week. When you lay it out that way, it sounds easy. But it honestly wasn’t – I lost 15 pounds by the end of it. 

I started applying for jobs 2 months before moving over – I reached out to approximately 200 companies. I applied to jobs on LinkedIn and CareerBuilder, I used my network and had folks introduce me to Swedish Managers, and I even blindly reached out to CEOs to see if their company needed help. 

The last two weeks before moving to Stockholm was absolute HELL. I had a very busy, full time job, I was couch surfing, and I was doing interviews at crazy hours because of the time difference. Needless to say, I was exhausted! 

I did what I did because I was told how competitive and ruthless the Swedish market is. I was even told to be comfortable with the idea of being unemployed for 8-10 months. I was driven by fear of not finding work! 

I am not saying you’ll get a job the week you land, but you will find a job. Sweden has the top 10 largest IT start up communities in the world. Plus, it’s a very progressive country that understands the importance of globalization, so everyone here values good talent and diversity. And as a huge bonus, everyone speaks English so Swedish isn’t mandatory. 

My biggest advice is to stay focused and positive – mindset is everything. If you have questions, need advice or help, please let me know! 


Treated myself to a trip to Paris! Next post will have more pics. 

More of Stockholm

I visited Stockholm for a week to search for apartments. I was told by people how difficult the process of finding a place would be. So weeks before this recent trip, I was pretty nervous. Surprisingly, we had plenty of options to pick from. Keep in mind, we have an awesome relocation team help us with all of this. I am sure it would be really different if I had to do this on my own.

It was a great trip. Stockholm is such a beauty and I’m really excited about my new home.

Jobs in Sweden

I am a Recruiter in San Francisco and I love what I do. I plan on finding similar work in Stockholm when I move. I am moving in November if not a bit earlier. From now till the time I leave, I plan on networking, applying to different jobs, and doing whatever I can to find work. But as I am sure anyone who have looked for work will understand, finding work/ interviewing is a job of its own. Luckily for me, as a recruiter it’s not as daunting; it’s actually quite exciting. But regardless of how you view this process, it posses a level of difficulty especially when 1) you don’t know the market well, 2) you don’t have a network that you can use, and 3) you don’t know the language. 

I refuse to go into this process of finding work with a negative mindset. It can be a fun experience if you allow it to be. I want to make sure I find the right role and work culture, and I don’t want fear to make me compromise for anything less. For those who are going through the same thing, stay positive. 

I will keep you posted on my endeavor and any advice you have, please do not hesitate to reach out! And of course, if you have questions please comment or message me. 

To Friends and to More Travels! 

We just had a birthday/going away party (my boyfriend and I are moving to Sweden) at Sbragia Winery this weekend. It was close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit- we were sweating our balls off. But it was so nice to have everyone come together and celebrate this new chapter with us over a beautiful view and delicious wine! I thought I was going to be a bit heartbroken seeing everyone but I am more excited. I have always moved around a lot and have thankfully always met amazing, down to earth people. These friends that I am leaving behind will always be my friends and they will always have a place to stay when they visit. The great thing about moving and traveling is that you have the opportunity to create something special at that place – friends, memories, another place you can call Home. There’s so much beauty in this world – in people, in places, in food, etc. – take the opportunity while you still can and embrace it.

Skydive

So my visa is on the third and final phase. It’s supposed to take 6-8 weeks and it’s also the most important step. During this time, my boyfriend and I have been getting rid of things we no longer need or want. We have also been spending some time trying to figure out which appliances might not work in Sweden – not a fun process. But to balance out the boring and tiring process of cleaning out our apartment, we’ve been having as much fun as possible.

So we skydived this weekend! It was just crazy! The people attached to you do not countdown when they drop out of the plane – they just go. They do that so people don’t change their mind last millisecond. But the view was absolutely beautiful and it’s so crisp up there. The craziest part about the whole thing was that on that same day, a person and their instructor died because the parachute wouldn’t release. Glad I made it…

Yosemite and Learning Swedish

So with moving to Sweden comes learning Swedish. Learning Swedish shouldn’t be and hasn’t been too hard since I spoke it fluently before – I lived in Sweden till I was 11 years old. I get this nostalgic feeling each time I go through my lessons so it’s been fun and quite exciting.

I am using a couple of different resources to learn Swedish – Rosetta Stone, learningswedish.se, and Duolingo (great iPhone App). As I am going through these courses, I find it quite interesting how each course start you off with some semi useful terms – hej (hi), tack (thanks), nej (no), etc. But as I am diving deeper into the courses, I can’t help but feel how useless some of these other words are. I now can say, ‘ja har en hund’ (I have a dog), ‘ja tycker inte om katten’ (I do not like the cat). I feel pretty proud knowing I can formulate some Swedish sentences without too much stuttering, but how in the HELL are these sentences useful? I understand a lot of the Swedes speak English (thank you baby Jesus!), but let’s say I was stranded in a town where they do not speak English. How will ‘ja har en hund’ help me when I am starving to death?!?!?

Besides learning Swedish, I am also visiting as many new places as I can before moving to Stockholm. I recently just got back from Yosemite and it was absolutely beautiful. My next stop is either Big Sur or Farallon Island.

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Decision Made – Moving to Sweden

Long time no see. So the decision is made… I AM GOING TO SWEDEN. This move will give me the opportunity to travel the world. I personally think life is too short to be stuck in a cube 9-6, rarely ever taking vacations because I don’t have enough PTO days. What has American culture come to?

Although I have this love for traveling, I also truly care about my job – I am in HR, specifically Recruiting. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my job! The one thing that kept me from immediately diving into this move was the chance that I might not get a job in Sweden – I don’t speak Swedish, I wasn’t sure what the Visa situation would be, and I have read too many scary stories about expats not easily finding jobs in Sweden (for whatever reasons). STAYING POSITIVE! I will be on a Sambo Visa which will allow me to go to school or work if I want to.

Besides my adventures, I am excited to post about my life in Sweden (food, people, jobs, culture, etc.)

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Should I Move (to SWEDEN) with Him

So my boyfriend of 4 years got a few new job offers. Being the awesome girlfriend that I am, I was very excited and proud of him. However, the interesting thing about these offers is that one would allow us to continue living in beautiful San Francisco. The other opportunity would move him to Stockholm, Sweden. The role in Sweden is a better opportunity all around – career wise. The question now is, should I go with him? The happy go lucky side of me says, “HELL YES!” The super analytical side of me (maybe slightly scared) says “HELL NO! YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT’S OVER THERE.”

I need some time to think. To be continued…

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