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FROM MIDWEST AMERICA TO AARHUS KATE’S S TO RY O N R E IN VE N T IO N , H A P P I N E S S , AND HEL P I N G IN T E R NAT IO NAL S IN T H E IR J O B S E A R C H . PHOTOGRAPHS JUDY WANJIKU JØRGENSEN / ISTOCK PHOTO

TEXT JUDY WANJIKU JØRGENSEN

ca, in Michigan, to a conservative, Trump-supporting, Christian family,” she says, searching for the right words to describe her identity. “Some people are born conservative. I was born liberal. I was always a curious kid. It was in my nature to find more answers beyond what was the ‘truth’.” It is this curiosity and a chance encounter with two likeminded European exchange students – a Dane and a German – that fostered an appetite for venturing beyond her comfort zone. At nineteen she left the USA to study abroad in Germany, where she would spend the next six and a half years, pursuing a bachelor and master’s degree in European studies, all the while needing to work to survive.

CROSSROADS: CHINA OR DENMARK?

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THE REALITY OF finding skilled work in Denmark, as a foreign-

er, is not for the weak hearted. One must learn to reinvent and grow in the uncomfortable space you probably find yourself. Job search success in Denmark is possible, even when it seems comparatively hard. “You have value, you have worth, and you are not a 2nd class citizen. You have to believe that you can bring value to Denmark, and you will.” this is Kate's mantra. Kate Dahl is no stranger to the struggle and success of finding a job in Denmark. The first time I met her, I was part of more than 80 internationals who had gathered to hear her talk on “How to land a job in Denmark”. Since then she has gone on to give various talks and workshops, often to independent groups, individuals, or through trade unions. Once Kate begins sharing her knowledge, she is 110 percent all in; her eyes light up as she unravels her authentic passion for helping others achieve their career goals in Denmark.

BRAVING A NEW FRONTIER Kate didn’t initially set out to Europe to work as a job consultant. It happened organically. “I was born in the Midwest Ameri-

Ever open-minded and willing to push herself beyond the familiar zone, Kate landed a great job offer teaching English in China. However, there was a Danish love interest tugging at her heartstrings. “In the end, the decision came to what would make me happy, and I knew I would be happy with Magnus (her Danish boyfriend).” Kate’s first-hand experience with living abroad and reinvention came in handy when she located in Denmark. “I knew I had to reinvent myself,” she says, recalling the number of job applications she sent to various Danish companies while still living in Germany. The process was frustrating as no company was willing to offer her job while she was in another country, even though it was obvious she was looking to relocate.

JUDY WANJIKU JØRGENSEN JOURNALIST, WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER

Judy is a Kenyan, and mother of two Afro-Viking boys. She first moved to Denmark for her MA in journalism at Aarhus University. After completing her studies, Judy found herself back in Aarhus, this time for love. When

GOING FULL THROTTLE AS A JOB CONSULTANT In a way, her response to helping international’s with their job search is classical Kate: She offers hands-on workshop courses, mentorship and coaching services to those who need help in the journey towards their goal. “I have been through this before, and I have been successful in all types of job search strategies. I understand the pain of finding and keeping a job in the happiest country in the world.” Kate – now in her early 30’s – is running her own company, Career Denmark. Her overall mission as a job consultant is to change how internationals are acquainted with the Danish labour market. THE-INTL

she is not working on her writing and photography craft, Judy likes to bring people together through food. You can follow more of Judy’s experiences on her blog ‘Memoirs of a Kenyan mom abroad’.

www.judywanderi.net

LEARN MORE ABOUT KATE THROUGH HER WEBSITE ON WWW. CAREERDENMARK.DK OR WWW.PRO.CAREERDENMARK.DK YOU CAN FOLLOW HER ON FACEBOOK: HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/CAREERDENMARK/ *KATE’S NEXT ‘TIPS AND TRICK TALK’ IS ON JULY 30 FROM 19:00 – 21:00 AT LIMA AARHUS.

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