Highly educated immigrants are often overqualified for their jobs. On average it takes foreign-born academics five to 10 years to break into the Swedish labour market, with the Academic Power programme, 63% found work within six months. This is one of the main reasons our consultants decided to collaborate with Academic Power. The organisation operates in one of the most immigrant-dense areas in Stockholm, offering an 18-week training programme which aims to increase the employability of participants by strengthening their communication skills.
Since 2014, our consultants in Sweden have done immigrants' employment interview training and CV writing as part of the 18-week programme. Our consultants meet with the participants and hold a 30-minute practice interview and a 10-minute feedback session. This year, the coaching included a session on logic and personality tests by Cubiks, and this will be incorporated into the programme going forward. The evening always finishes with dinner in Stockholm city.
Charlotte Löjdqvist, who leads the training initiative at PA, said: "This spring, 40 newly arrived immigrants have followed the PA programme. We provide participants with a unique opportunity to prepare for future interviews in a situation which is as close to real life as possible. The response from those who participated is wonderful and we get to know people from all around the world with various backgrounds and perspectives."
Of the 62 participants who took part in the first three rounds of the Academic Power's programme, 39 (63%) found work six months after completing the course. Among these 39 individuals, 26 are working in their skilled specialism.