Adapting to a new work environment

School and work environments are quite different…

  • Are you a college / university student? Still have no idea how does the working environment feels like? While you may feel disoriented at first, there are a few things you can do to shorten the adjustment period and glide through the learning curve.

Why You Must Take Your Internship Seriously

  • Internships are an integral part of a well-round higher level education. In fact, many college / university graduates will indicate that much of their first job experience was gained through an internship, and not in the classroom.
  • When you agree to participate in an internship, you make a commitment.
  • Don’t take that commitment lightly. An internship can be an amazing experience and can truly change your career path.
  • Remember, you are doing this internship to get a professional reference and experience on your resume.
  • If the company doesn’t find you to be consistent and reliable, they won’t want to recommend you to the decision makers at their company or at other companies.

Workplace culture in Denmark

  • Flat hierarchy, ironic comments, direct communication, and a willingness to take responsibility.
  • According to Danes, these are the most important aspects of Danish workplace culture that you need to understand if you are a non-Dane working with Danish colleagues or counterparts.
  • Working in Denmark requires an understanding of the Danish workplace culture to avoid confusing situations. Work culture of course depends on the company you work for, however, there are some specifics that seem to characterize the experiences of internationals working here.
  • Danish workplace culture is characterised by among others flat hierarchy, working in a team, flexible working hours, acting proactive and informal tone of communication and can be very different from what you are used to from home. Understanding it will make it easier for you to adjust to a new workplace culture and interact with your new colleagues.
  • Generally, Danes speak their mind and speak without a filter. We are very straightforward and honest, and we don’t cover things up – we say what we mean. A part of Danish culture is also that we are not afraid of confrontations or disagreement. You can say that it’s part of our democratic values that we can be open and sometimes have heated discussions.
  • Danish employees generally have a lot of influence in their daily job. We like to be autonomous, and we are very self-driven. That’s why we also like to take responsibility and are empowered to make our own decisions.
  • In Denmark it’s definitely better to make a wrong decision than to make no decision at all. As long as we are honest and quick to speak up about the mistake so it can be fixed, there’s no harm done. It’s human to fail – you just have to learn from your mistakes and improve your work.
  • There is no dress code, and people talk informally to each other. You do not use “Sir” and “Ms”, but you use first names with all colleagues, from trainees to managers and superiors. Your colleagues will also use your first name, and people say ‘du’ (the informal ‘you’) when they address each other. However, you might be more formal in mail correspondence.

Am I Ready To Invest In This?

  • An internship abroad doesn`t promise rainbows and sunshine. Prepare yourself mentaly and emotionally for tough times in a foriegn place. Once you overcome this huge obstacle, you will return home as a better, stronger individual!
  • As you may already know, we here at agri LIDA are big advocates for international internships. However, we do believe it is important to spend some time reflecting on why you want to intern abroad and what you are looking to gain from it. Don’t let these questions scare you away from applying but think of them as a checklist to make sure you are ready.