ISM WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS SPRING 2024

UNIQUE ISM EVENTS FOCUSING ON WELL-BEING, RESILIENCE, RE-SHAPING AND/OR RE-ASSESSING GOALS AND BELIEFS, AS WELL AS MENTAL SOUNDNESS!

Join us in-person for the spring of 2024 filled with resources, inspiration, and informative workshops with leading advocates in the respective fields!


This spring, International Staff Mobility (ISM) offers a series of popular, unique, and interactive onsite workshops and events focusing on:

  • Mental health and well-being
  • Time management
  • Danish language and culture
  • Job-seeking strategies and networking
  • Kids & family networking events

In this blended series of interactive workshops, we will dive deeper into the above topics providing you with inspiration as well as tips, tools, and easy-to-use strategies that may support you in your daily life. Apart from enjoying a delightful lunch and expanding your network, these events will also have a career focus on giving you tips on career-related topics and cultural aspects in Denmark e.g. 

  • I need new ideas on how to enhance my job search! Where to start and how to take the first step?
  • How does my mental well-being influence my job search, and how can I deal with it?
  • Understanding the cultural differences you encounter, and how it affects your job search.

Each workshop will be conceptualised based on input from guest speakers, recruiters/headhunters, international spouses and expats. The workshops are interactive, solution oriented with individual tasks and provide hands on tools to apply in your professional as well as personal life. Feel free to join these informal and cosy events/workshops, where you will also get the opportunity to network with other like-minded professionals!

Please note that these workshops are for employees and spouses/partners of employees at UCPH. There are limited available free spots, so if you are interested in attending, it is on a first come, first served basis!

ISM also offers a series of Job Seeker Network Workshops. To see more click here.

MARCH 2024

Alternative job search methods; Why an internship or employment with salary subsidy? What does it mean and how does it work?

Date: March 15
Time:
09.30-12.30 (Including lunch)
Location: 
Krystalgade 25, 1172 Copenhagen

Registration deadline 13th of March

MARCH 2024

Building your Networking Strategy

Date: March 22
Time:
09.00-14.30 (Including lunch)
Location: 
Krystalgade 25, 1172 Copenhagen

Registration deadline 20th of March

APRIL 2024

Imposter Syndrome - Calibrate and Combat

Date: April 11
Time:
09.00-12.30 (Including lunch)
Location: 
Krystalgade 25, 1172 Copenhagen

Registration will open on March 15

APRIL 2024

Join Us for an Exclusive Visit to the job fair Karrieredagene with Support from the Dual Career Team

Date: April 17
Time:
08.30
Location: DGI byen

Registration will open on March 15

MAY 2024

Time Management: Mastering Your To-Do and Wish Lists

Date: May 16
Time:
09.00-12.30 (Including lunch)
Location: 
Krystalgade 25, 1172 Copenhagen

Registration will open on April 11

JUNE 2024

Unleash Your Danish Confidence: A Pronunciation Mastery Workshop!

Date: June 21
Time:
09.00-12.30 (Including lunch)
Location: 
Krystalgade 25, 1172 Copenhagen

Registration will open on May 16

Information about the Upcoming Events

MARCH

March 15th 9.30 -12.30 (including lunch)

VENUE

University of Copenhagen
Krystalgade 25, 1017 Copenhagen K

Facilitator

Dorthe Kingo Vesterlund

Project Manager at Business House Copenhagen

CAREER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Alternative job search methods; Why an internship or employment with salary subsidy? What does it mean and how does it work?

As an accompanying spouse pursuing a career in Denmark, you have the possibility to apply for measures promoting employment. These measures are known as internships (4-13 weeks) or employment with salary subsidy (3-6 months) - løntilskud in Danish.

Why begin an internship or employment with salary subsidy?

  • An opportunity for regular employment with the company afterwards
  • Opens possibilities of finding a job that matches your qualifications
  • References and network for finding a regular job
  • Clarify your qualifications and goals regarding education and work
  • Possibility of job training while receiving a salary
  • Improve your Danish skills

Come and get more information about these alternative job search methods and how they work! Join this informal and cosy event where you will also get the opportunity to network with other like-minded professionals and enjoy a nice lunch!

The presentation will focus on the possibilities for spouses encompasses by the Integration Act (spouses who have been in Denmark for less than 3 years).

 

Registration deadline 13th of March

MARCH

March 22th 9.00 -14.30 (including lunch)

VENUE

University of Copenhagen
Krystalgade 25, 1017 Copenhagen K

Facilitator

Diana Lund Nordstrøm

CAREER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Building your Networking Strategy

Join us for this full-day workshop where you will learn the essential skills to enhance your professional connections effectively. Whether you are stepping into the job market or seeking collaborations, our sessions are tailored to help you navigate the landscape of networking with confidence.

In this workshop, we will cover:

  • The fundamentals of creating a robust networking strategy tailored to your career goals.
  • Techniques for reaching out to new contacts and nurturing existing connections.
  • How to identify who to reach out to.
  • What are coffee meetings and how to navigate them.

You will leave with:

  • A clear understanding of how strategic networking can accelerate your career progression.
  • Practical tools for effective communication and follow-ups.
  • Insights into how to contribute value to your network, fostering mutually beneficial relationships.
  • Strategies for maintaining and expanding your professional network over time.

Embark on this journey with us to transform the way you connect with professionals in your field and beyond and unlock the power of a strategic networking approach.

About Diana

Diana is the Dual Career Consultant in the Dual Career Team at International Staff Mobility. She has more than 7 years of experience guiding job seekers on their journey for the next dream job.

Registration deadline 20th of March

APRIL

April 11th 
9.00 -12.30 (including lunch)

VENUE

University of Copenhagen
Krystalgade 25, 1017 Copenhagen K

Facilitator

 

Kathy Borys Siddiqui

Facilitator |Writer| Public Speaker

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL BEEING WORKSHOP

Imposter Syndrome - Calibrate and Combat

Imposter Syndrome is real, and it can effect anyone. It is estimated that 70 % of people will experience at least one episode of imposter syndrome during their lifetime. In this interactive workshop we will focus on what Imposter Syndrome is, why it occurs, who is more likely to experience it and how can we change our thinking to diminish and potentially eliminate Imposter Syndrome from our lives. We will also learn and discuss the 5 Competency Types of Imposter Syndrome. The aim of this workshop is to raise awareness regarding the very important topic of Imposter Syndrome, acknowledge the reasons for experiencing Imposter Syndrome, discuss and learn about ways to combat Imposter Syndrome.

Together we will cover the following topics:

  • What is Imposter Syndrome
  • What causes Imposter Syndrome
  • Who is susceptible to Imposter Syndrome
  • How to combat Imposter Syndrome

The participants will:

  • Have a clear idea of what Imposter Syndrome is and what steps to take to overcome it
  • Gain knowledge regarding the 5 Competence Types of Imposter Syndrome
  • Discover and discuss tools to reframe Imposter Syndrome thinking

About Kathy Borys Siddiqui

Kathy has lived in 4 countries and on 2 continents. Growing up as an immigrant and a cross-cultural child she was able to discover a multicultural world that shaped her into the person she is today. As an adult she has experienced life as a repatriate as well as an expat and she is not a stranger to the challenges and opportunities that life abroad offers. After meeting her Danish husband, she moved to Denmark in 2008. Kathy holds an MA in Cultural Studies and in American Studies. She has been able to combine her passion and profession as an Intercultural Trainer, owner of Active Action, public speaker, writer, and facilitator. Kathy specialises in Cultural Awareness and Transitions, Emotional Resilience and Well-Being, Personal Branding, and LinkedIn Networking.

Registration will open on March 15

APRIL

April 17th 8.30

VENUE

DGI byen

Facilitator

Diana Lund Nordstrøm

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Join Us for an Exclusive Visit to the job fair Karrieredagene with Support from the Dual Career Team.

Are you seeking new career opportunities and wish to connect with potential employers?

The Dual Career team invites you to an extraordinary opportunity to join the Karrieredagene job fair. This event is a golden opportunity for professionals like you to engage directly with top companies and explore numerous job prospects.

Pre-Event Introduction and Tailored Support

We will start the day with a brief yet informative introduction, setting the stage for a productive day ahead.

You will receive valuable insights and strategies to make the most of your time at the fair via email for you to prepare and get the most from attending the event.

Throughout the event, Diana from the Dual Career Team will be readily available to offer support and answer any queries you might have.

What you will gain from participating:

  • A better understanding of how to get the most out of attending the job fair.
  • Meeting interesting companies and people who can help you toward your next job.
  • The opportunity to join the job fair for free.
  • Support during the job fair.

 

About Karrieredagene & Diana:

Karrieredagene:

"Karrieredagene is much more than a job fair. It is filled with insights and inspiration, providing you with a wealth of tools to kickstart your career successfully. You can have your CV reviewed and get a new profile photo taken. You'll also gain a rare insight into a job interview, as we arrange a live job interview on stage. During our popular Jobcrawl, you'll be introduced to a variety of exciting companies, and you can also listen to engaging talks. All these tools are designed to assist you on your career journey." (OBS – the talks will be in Danish).

Diana Lund Nordstrøm:

Diana is the Dual Career Consultant in the Dual Career Team at International Staff Mobility. She has more than 7 years of experience guiding job seekers on their journey for the next dream job.

 

MAY

May 16th 
9.00 -12.30 (including lunch)

VENUE

University of Copenhagen
Krystalgade 25, 1017 Copenhagen K

Facilitator

 

Miriam Beyers

PhD - Podcaster

Time Management: Mastering Your To-Do and Wish Lists

Many of us feel exhausted and stressed due to workload, time constraints, and mental pressures. While some of us know time and stress management tools in theory, it can be difficult to implement and stick to them for times long enough to show any or sufficient effect. In this workshop we will close the gap between theory and practice and learn how to apply tools and techniques from planning future tasks to executing them in the moment. As a result, we shall feel empowered, more effective, and less stressed.

Together, we will:

  • Cultivate a more positive outlook on time management and to-do lists
  • Explore methods to improve and sustain focus
  • Feel equipped with practical tools to handle tasks more efficiently
  • Enable integration of work on personal/professional passion projects
  • Foster the implementation of habits that can ultimately reduce stress levels

What you will gain from participating:

  • Knowledge regarding different time and stress management tools
  • Ability to implement these tools step by step
  • A better overview of their tasks
  • Greater feeling of self-efficacy

About Miriam Beyers

Miriam has four years of experience in managing multi-national and interdisciplinary EU research projects and holds a dual PhD degree from the University of Copenhagen and Ghent University. Especially, in the past two years she has taken several self- and time-management courses and tried and tested different tools and their combination. Witnessing the positive changes in her life has fuelled her heartfelt desire to share her experiences with others and show them that they can have more control than they currently realise. Applying these tools has among other things allowed her to finish her PhD without stress and start a podcast, in which she gives PhD students and young researchers a voice and where she and other share useful tips on managing academic careers.

Registration will open on April 11

JUNE

June 21st  9.00 -12.30 (including lunch)

VENUE

University of Copenhagen
Krystalgade 25, 1017 Copenhagen K

Facilitator

Jo Ebert Håkonsson

Academic Language Consultant

International Staff Mobility

Unleash Your Danish Confidence: A Pronunciation Mastery Workshop!

Do you find that Danish pronunciation is particularly challenging?

Then you are not alone! Many internationals struggle with the unique Danish sounds, such as the soft consonants, vowel reduction, and the use of the Danish "stød" (a glottal stop). The melody and intonation of Danish is also distinct from other languages, making it a bit more challenging for internationals to grasp. 

Learn from ISM’s language consultant and former language teacher who will demystify Danish pronunciation, breaking it down into simple, actionable steps.

What to expect from the workshop:

Together, we will:

  • Engage in lively, hands-on activities that make learning Danish pronunciation a fun and memorable experience.
  • Practice in real-life situations, building the confidence to converse with native speakers effortlessly.

What you will gain from participating:

  • Master the nuances of Danish pronunciation and unlock the secrets to sounding like a native speaker.
  • Unleash your inner speaker through confidence-building exercises designed to erase hesitation and boost your self-assurance.
  • Gain insights into Danish culture and expressions, enriching your language skills with contextual understanding.
  • Receive personalised feedback to fine-tune your pronunciation and overcome common challenges.

Language level: From beginner to advanced! All language levels of Danish can participate in this workshop. Instructions will be in English.

About Jo Ebert Håkonsson

As a language consultant at ISM, Jo assists international employees and their families when settling in and accommodating to a new life, a new culture, and a new career in Denmark. Prior to working at ISM Jo was a language teacher for 5 years teaching (mainly) Danish to international professionals. Jo is therefore mindful of the linguistic challenges and language barriers that internationals so often face when deciding to learn the local language. As a language teacher, Jo aims to foster a positive, inclusive and dynamic learning environment. Jo holds a degree in anthropology, a Cambridge CELTA from the UK and a master programme in teaching Danish as second language from The University of Copenhagen.

Past events

JANUARY

January 4th 9.00 -12.30 (including lunch)

VENUE

University of Copenhagen
Krystalgade 25, 1017 Copenhagen K

Facilitator

Kathy Borys Siddiqui

Facilitator |Writer| Public Speaker

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL BEEING WORKSHOP

The Winter Blues Buster - How to thrive during Winter months in Denmark

Winter in Denmark can be tough, especially the dark, long days. It is common to feel as if all the energy has been zapped out during the dark, short days. However, all is not lost - there are tools to fight back, to stay motivated, focused, and thrive despite the cold winter. In this workshop we will identify SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), we will focus on tools and strategies that can increase energy levels and productivity. We will discuss the importance of self-care and well-being, and prepare an individual Thrive in Winter Toolbox. 

Together we will:

  • discuss symptoms of SAD and ways to combat it
  • focus on self-care and well-being routines that improve the mood
  • identify mood boosters
  • prepare Individual Thrive in Winter Toolboxes

What will the participants gain:

  • tips, tools and easy to use strategies to beat the blues
  • insight why self-care and well-being routines are fundamental
  • knowledge regarding symptoms and strategies to cope with SAD

About Kathy Borys Siddiqui

Kathy has lived in 4 countries and on 2 continents. Growing up as an immigrant and a cross-cultural child she was able to discover a multicultural world that shaped her into the person she is today. As an adult she has experienced life as a repatriate as well as an expat and she is not a stranger to the challenges and opportunities that life abroad offers. After meeting her Danish husband, she moved to Denmark in 2008. Kathy holds MA’s in Cultural Studies and in American Studies. She has been able to combine her passion and profession as an Intercultural Trainer, owner of Active Action, public speaker, writer, and facilitator. Kathy specialises in Cultural Awareness and Transitions, Emotional Resilience and Well-Being, Personal Branding and LinkedIn Networking.

FEBRUARY

February 5th 
9.00 -12.30 (including lunch)

VENUE

University of Copenhagen
Krystalgade 25, 1017 Copenhagen K

Facilitator

Heidi Ås

 

What is different about how we communicate in Danish workplaces, and what does this have to do with the Danish model?

Do you sometimes feel lost when it comes to understanding the Danish style of communicating in workplaces?

Do you occasionally cringe when it comes to the way employees talk to and with managers across the organization?

Are you unsure how to communicate with your manager when it comes to salary negotiation etc.? - and are you wondering why the title of this event is what it is?

Join the event and get answers to your questions!

You will hear about key aspects of the communication style at Danish workplaces and the culture related, such as informality, flat hierarchy, equality, trust, and collaboration. There will be a focus on both communication in teams as well as with managers.

You will get an introduction to the Danish model and the role of trade unions in this – and how the communication works between employers and employees.

You will get a chance to share your experiences as well as compare Denmark with your native country to gain better understanding on why certain aspects might be difficult for you and not for the person next to you.

You will get insights into why so many people in Denmark are members of a trade union, and what Danish trade unions offer their members. You will get concrete examples from the trade union IDA on how you as an international can benefit from the services.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Get familiarized with the typical communication style in Danish workplaces.
  • Get tools to compare communication styles from countries you have lived in.
  • Get familiarized with the Danish Model and the services of Danish trade unions.
  • Get the opportunity to share experience and ask questions about trade unions in Denmark.

What you will gain:

  • Knowledge of communication culture in Danish workplaces, including with your manager and in negotiation situations.
  • Tips and tricks for communicating in Danish workplaces and insight into your cultural communication style.
  • Knowledge about the role of trade unions in Denmark and their role in the Danish Model
  • Overview of the services of trade unions and - more importantly – how you as an international, benefit from being a member of a trade union in Denmark.

About the facilitator Heidi Ås

Heidi works as a business developer at IDA with a focus on supporting international STEM profiles and making IDA the most relevant trade union for this group as well. This also means explaining the Danish model and the role of trade unions in Denmark, and knowing how and for what you can use your trade union– both in your everyday professional work life and for social networking in Denmark etc.

Heidi has worked with Danish workplace culture for many years and is an experienced presenter and workshop facilitator.

IDA is the biggest trade union in Denmark for STEM profiles.

IDA has currently 158,000 members, of which more than 13,000 are internationals.