Working for a newly established company is a great way to launch a career in the private sphere. Especially for students and graduates in science, healthcare and medical sciences. Finding and applying for a job, however, can be a challenge. Now Copenhagen Science City has published a booklet with six easy to follow job-hunting tips. These explain how to find a start-up company you would love to work for, and how to persuade them to hire you. By Jes Andersen.
How did we collect the tips?
The six tips in the booklet are a result of interviews with company founders, start-up mentors, business acceleration experts and specialists in the seven start-up communities of Copenhagen Science City. Taken together, they represent decades of experience in the world of start-ups.
Why did we produce the folder?
Copenhagen Science City is a partnership where two University of Copenhagen faculties and The University College Copenhagen are anchor institutions. Twenty thousand students from their 34 bachelor programmes and 18 academy profession degree programmes could all be valuable recruits for start-up companies. Unfortunately, the students found the start-up job-market confusing. Especially because start-up companies rarely post jobs, even if they are hoping to hire.
What do students get out of working for start-ups?
Apart from the salary, there are non-obvious advantages to launching a career in private employment with a start-up gig. The work is challenging, the experience priceless and companies of any size will jump to hire candidates who have honed their skills in a start-up.
Where else can students find information about hunting for start-up jobs?
Telling students about the option to work for start-up companies is a core undertaking for Copenhagen Science City. The innovation district secretariat frequently participates in matchmaking events to explain why they should work for start-ups and how to find jobs with them. Between job fairs, students can visit the Copenhagen Science City website. This is home to a portal leading to company listings at all seven start-up communities in the innovation district.
Who can use the publication?
The booklets’ main target audience are students. They can download it here or pick it up at job fairs and matchmaking events. It is also available to anyone who works to attract, retain and advise highly educated students and potential staff. It will be shared with organisations that help students in Denmark and abroad make career decisions, with the University and University College, with companies and with start-up communities. Anyone else who feel they might benefit from using it, are welcome to download it here or order it directly here…