International Spouse Career Lunches 2020

These events are held in an informal setting, but provide a chance for internationals to network, meet with other spouses and to share both professional and personal experiences and interests.

Apart from enjoying a delightful lunch and meeting new acquaintances, these events will also have a career focus on giving you tips on career-related topics and cultural aspects in Denmark. Some of the topics could range:

  • Do you need new ideas on how to enhance your job search?
  • Do you know how to create a CV or resume that stands out to employers?
  • Have you mastered the Danish hygge?

Each month’s theme will be conceptualised based on input from guest speakers, recruiters/head hunters, international spouses and expats.

Children are very welcome to the event; a cosy kid’s area has been set up to occupy them creatively.

Upcoming Events

 15th of January

Time: 10:00 - 13:00 hrs

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 up 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!

Event details

Facilitator: Dorthe Kingo Vesterlund - Project Coordinator at Copenhagen Career Program

Location: Gyldenløvesgade 11, 6th floor, 1600 Copenhagen V

Price: Free

27th of February

Time: 10:00 - 13:00 hrs

New to the Danish working culture? What are the dos and don’ts? 

Informal, flexible, autonomous - these are some of the words that characterise the typical Danish work environment. Moving to Denmark automatically means meeting the Danes and their cultural values and habits.

As a newcomer you might have following questions:

  • How to navigate in a new Danish cultural setting – on professional and personal level?
  • When job seeking, what to be aware of culturally in a job interview?
  • How do managers and employees address each other?
  • What are the typical “unwritten” rules?

These questions and many more will all be answered, at this informal and cosy event. The workshop will focus on Danish working culture, where you will be able to discuss and explore both your own and Danish culture together with the other participants.

Event details:

Price: free

Location: Gyldenløvesgade 11, 6th floor, 1600 Copenhagen V


Mark de Vos –  Senior International Mobility Consultant, International Staff Mobility

Mary K. Kobia – Dual Career Consultant, International Staff Mobility

17th  March

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Start-ups and entrepreneurships - How to start your own business?

Denmark is one of the leading countries in Scandinavia that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship! This means many people start their own businesses.

Join this informal event and get all the necessary information on how to start your business in Copenhagen.

This workshop will focus on answering following questions:

  • How to start your business and how to register it?
  • What tools for business development are important to be aware of?
  • What free of charge courses and counselling is offered on different aspects of creating your own business?
  • How can I get to meet other entrepreneurs and startups in Copenhagen and exchange experiences on starting a business in Copenhagen?

These questions and many more will all be answered, at this informal, cosy and interactive event. 

Event details:

Location: Gyldenløvesgade 11, 6th floor, 1600 Copenhagen V

Price: Free

Facilitator: Zikoh Kouassi-Zessia- Business Advisor at Business House Copenhagen

 20th May

Time: 10:00 -13:00 hrs

Hands-on approach to LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the leading online professional directory of individuals and companies with over 85 million members in more than 200 countries. But how does it work? What to pay particular attention to in creating your personal online profile? These questions and many more will all be answered at this informal and cosy event, where you can ask any questions you may have in connection to using LinkedIn!

Get valuable input on how you can use LinkedIn to promote yourself professionally whether you’re looking for a job, or trying to expand your professional network in Denmark.

Come and be inspired on how you can use LinkedIn as a strategic tool! Please remember to bring your laptop with you.

Event details:

Facilitator: Morten Esmann - LinkedIn Expert and Career Consultant – The Danish Society of Engineers (IDA)

Location: Gyldenløvesgade 11, 6th floor, 1600 Copenhagen V

Price: Free

 20th May 

Time: 10:00 -13:00 hrs

Workshop: Better working lives for junior researchers and PhD-students

What should PhD students do to get better working lives? How do you deal with work pressure, imposter syndrome and career uncertainty?

These questions and many more will all be answered, at this career event where you will have the pleasure of meeting Niels Glæsner. Niels holds a PhD in educational science and works as a Consultant at the Danish Association of Masters and PhDs (DM)!

Why focus on PhDs working lives?

Doing research training to obtain a PhD degree is rewarding work for many. However, for a large number of PhD-students it is also a tough process with many hours in the lab or library and uncertainties about the quality of one’s work and future in academia or beyond. For some researchers this turns into serious work related issues – a phenomena so wide spread that Evans et al. in a 2018 article in Nature talked about a “mental health crisis in graduate education”. The question is how universities, supervisors, professional organizations and individual PhD students should act to combat these issues.

Workshop focus

This workshop is aimed at giving PhD students input on how to develop good working habits and avoid some of the pitfalls that create bad work life balance and stress among many young researchers.

In the spring of 2019, DM in collaboration with the PhD-organization PAND conducted a survey with over 1000 respondents among Danish PhD students in a number of different fields and asked them about their career plans, working habits and well-being.

Starting from the results of this survey, the workshop will discuss how to protect yourself throughout you PhD training and increase the likelihood of a good and productive PhD process.

After this workshop you will:

  • Have knowledge of the typical causes for stress in PhD students
  • Be aware of techniques to handle issues and difficulties before they arise

Feel free to attend this unique event and get inspiration on how you develop a good working life as a PhD-studen. This event also provides you with the opportunity to share your experiences and network with other like-minded professionals.

We will be serving a light lunch after the workshop.


Niels Glæsner has a PhD in educational science. He has conducted research and consultancy work focused on education policy and labor market issues. Niels works at the Danish Association of Masters and PhDs (DM). DM advises its members on a wide range of issues e.g.:

-         Employment, working conditions and contracts

-         Career and job opportunities within your field

-         Personal guidance if you lose your job

-         Free talks and career events

Location: Gyldenløvesgade 11, 6th floor, 1600 Copenhagen V

Price: Free

17th June

Time: 10:00 -13:00 hrs

Meet-N-Greet Ørsted – How to stand out? Recruitment tips & tricks!

At this unique event, you will get a chance to "Meet-N-Greet" with Laura Mayland Jensen from Ørsted. You will be able to converse informally and ask questions about the company as well as get advice on how you can gain visibility and maximise your recruiting potential. We will focus on:

  • The recruitment process: How does an HR professional work and what to pay particular attention to in your personal sales material (application / CV)?
  • The interview process: If you are called in for an interview, what can you expect? What do's & don'ts are important to be aware of?

Feel free to attend this informal and cosy event and ask any questions you may have in connection to your job search!

Mind that this event is a corporate networking event so we recommend a dress code that is business casual.

Event details:

Facilitator: Laura Mayland Jensen - Recruitment Consultant at Ørsted.

Location: Gyldenløvesgade 11, 6th floor, 1600 Copenhagen V

Price: Free