Newly- arrived graduates get advice and support in studies and career paths

What alternatives are there in choosing a course of study in Sweden? Which roads can you take? In the New Graduates – Nyak – project universities and colleges in Skåne work in conjunction with the employment agency. The aim is to give guidance to new arrivals and people who are getting established. Guidance is directed towards both graduates and people with senior high school education.


– The people we address are offered advice on studies and possible careers early on. This means that the applicants can find out how higher studies are organised, how and by which authorities knowledge is evaluated, and which paths best match their needs and targets for life in Sweden, says Charlotte Kipowsky,head of section at Studentcentrum at Malmö University.

Kb Mosaik visited one of the meetings at the employment agency in Kristianstad.

Why do you have these meetings with newly-arrived graduates?

Sarah Giselsson from the employment agency:

– We want to inform newly- arrived job-seekers about what opportunities there are and how they can find them.

Monika Shehadeh from Högskolan Kristianstad says:

– The purpose is to emphasise the new arrivals’ competence and show them what possibilities there are, so that they can plan better for themselves and find their way more quickly to studies or a job in Sweden, to help them form their future.

Jonmanna Hanoun. Photo: Sofyan Aswad

What do you, as a new arrival, think of the Nyak meetings?

– The meetings are a good thing, and rewarding for me. Here we listen to information which helps us plan better for our future.

– We need more information about the project, says Jonmanna Hanoun.

The project has places for 300 new arrivals a month. About 90 per cent are Arabic speakers and 80 per cent come from Syria.
Most of them need an interpreter, although some speak English. In the project there are both highly educated immigrants who already have a degree or have started studying for one, and others who have a senior high school exam.

Inga-Lill Bengtsson

Mohamad Kanina .