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“I have already been offered two jobs abroad. But I would prefer to stay in Denmark.”

Denmark will face a severe shortage of IT specialists in coming years. A solution could be to ensure that more foreign IT students stay in Denmark and work, says the Confederation of Danish Industry.
IT-student Mignote Libsekal from Ethiophia graduates ITU Copenhagen this summer. She's already had several joboffers from Europe but preferes to stay. If more did like her, it would improve the shortage of IT-employees.

Publiceret: 08.06.2017
Af Peter G. H. Madsen mail

Ethiopian Mignote Libsekal is the type of young student that lots of companies are keen to get their hands on.

This summer, she will complete her Master’s at the IT University of Copenhagen, where she has specialised in the use of big data. The good news is that she really wants to stay in Denmark.

“If you’re interested in IT, Denmark is one of the best places to be. Lots of exciting things are happening, and there are so many new, cool companies. You can really learn something,” says Mignote Libsekal.

But she has also come to terms with moving abroad if she does not get an interesting job offer in Denmark. 

“I have already been offered two jobs in Europe. But I would prefer to stay in Denmark,” she says.

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70 students and 10 companies connected

That is precisely why Mignote Libsekal was glad to participate in the recent matchmaking event at the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), where she and 69 other international students from the Technical University of Denmark, the IT University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University met with 10 Danish companies.

Prior to the event, the companies had indicated what kinds of IT profiles they were seeking, and students had indicated the focus area of their education.

“It was a really good starting point. For example, I spoke with an interesting company that had a different profile than the companies you would usually expect to be interested in big data,” explains Mignote Libsekal.

The whole purpose of the event was to connect Danish companies in need of IT competences with international students.

“The event was meant to highlight the job opportunities that exist for international students in Denmark and the potential that lies in hiring international students,” says Deputy Director Charlotte Rønhof, DI. 

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More IT workers to stay in Denmark

According to DI’s calculations, 60 per cent of international IT graduates - computer scientists and civil engineers - are still in Denmark one year after completing their education. But the potential exists for significantly more students to stay the country.

“There is high demand for employees with strong IT skills at Danish companies. Meanwhile, a large number of international students graduate from the universities’ IT programmes each year. It makes sense that more students should stay here in Denmark and get a job when they complete their education,” says Charlotte Rønhof.

If the initiatives to connect the students and companies are successful, it could potentially help to alleviate the future shortage of IT specialists in Denmark that the Danish Business Authority predicts. According to the Authority’s calculations, Denmark could be lacking 19,000 IT specialists by 2030.

Mignote Libsekal believes that more events in which students and companies are able to meet could be part of the solution.

“As an international student, it can be difficult to figure out what the Danish companies want. Their job adverts and websites are often in Danish,” she says.

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If you’re interested in IT, Denmark is one of the best places to be.
IT-STUDENT MIGNOTE LIBSEKAL, ITU COPENHAGEN
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PUBLISHED: 6/8/2017 LAST MODIFIED: 6/8/2017