“Hi, my name is Andres. I’m 26 years old and from Spain. In mid-2017 my girlfriend and I moved to Aarhus so she could start a new job at a university here. When I first arrived, like a good Spaniard, I started socialising - trying a lot of events and joining communities here, like Swap Language, International Community and Spouse Community Aarhus. This really helped me begin to feel embraced by the city and also improved my English.
Once I had become settled, I started to look for a job. In Spain, I had been an Industrial Engineer and really loved it but after months without luck of finding a similar job, I decided to look for something outside of my field where I could build a network and take a next step. Thinking that it could be a good opportunity to try something new, I considered becoming a teacher.
I recently finished a position as the native Spanish speaker at a business college here in Aarhus, assisting in teaching students to speak Spanish and learn the culture of Spain. I’m grateful for the opportunity and it was great to try something different to start a new chapter in my life, but I’m keen to continue my career as an engineer in Denmark, and so in August I’ll be starting my Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Aarhus University. I hope this further study will keep my skills relevant as well as broaden my job opportunities.
My advice to newcomers is to find a way to connect with the society that works for you and welcome the unexpected with a smile and open arms.”
Photo by Zane Hartmane.