Graduate programmes refer to training and development schemes designed by corporations to address graduates that are looking for an opportunity to jump-start their professional career. Hence, similar to an internship, they offer an effective way to experience a variety of aspects concerning specific job posts, while also gaining a more in-depth understanding of an organisation as a whole. Many employers offer graduate programmes, including Aarhus Universitet, ARM, ATP, CGI & Chr. Hansen.
However, graduate programmes are more than just industry placements. They form an introduction to an organisation’s core business, structure and internal culture while encompassing intense training, continuous mentoring, and a view towards permanent employment upon completion. The training fragment often revolves around general workplace skills, such as communication, management, strategy understanding, decision making etc. which are frequently applied across a wide range of business units. Your assigned mentor will be providing on-going career advice and assistance, while also assessing your progress and individual attributes in order to boost your professional development. Most of these internship programmes are with pay.
Your future placement in the organisation hosting the graduate programme will usually be in the form of a junior managerial role. Depending on your skill sets, assessment, and overall performance, though, getting fast tracked into more responsible positions within the company is a common outcome of the programmes.
Denmark is the smallest country in Scandinavia in the northern part of Europe. As with many smaller countries, Denmark has been forced to rely on innovation and technology in order to compete in a globalised world, and the country has become a leader in several industries. Naturally, this reflects on the labour market where there is a high demand for skilled candidates across many industries, including biotechnology, environmental and renewable energy, production, shipping, and banking. This has spawned multinational companies like LEGO, A. P. Møller-Mærsk, Novo Nordisk, and Vestas Wind Systems, which all Danes are immensely proud of. Several of these companies have available graduate schemes throughout the year. The capital of Denmark is Copenhagen, obviously making it the centre for most business activity. However, Aarhus and Aalborg in Jutland and Odense in Funen also house major company headquarters.
The universities in Denmark offer their students a range of programmes that can help you start and advance your career in different ways. 4 of them are active partners in the Graduateland Network: University of Aarhus, Copenhagen Business School, University of Copenhagen, and the Copenhagen Business Academy.
Tip: Be aware that the requirements for job applications in Denmark may be different from what you are used to. So spend some time finding out what a standard Scandinavian CV looks like and how to formulate a cover letter for Scandinavian companies.
Also, prepare for the way that job interviews are usually conducted in Scandinavia.