Jonathan Hamisi
Jonathan Hamisi

Jonathan’s and Michael’s stories parallel in many ways. Before they made the decision to quit their jobs and do a Master abroad at Stockholm University, both were unsatisfied with the jobs they were working in back in their home countries.

Jonathan Hamisi and Michael Forsman
Jonathan Hamisi and Michael Forsman

Jonathan, who is from The Democratic Republic of the Congo, had worked in geological sciences in the mining industry for six years, where his job had taken him into a direction away from the field of science and research that he had always wanted to pursue. Jonathan received a full stipend from the Swedish Institute and started his MA in Geology at Stockholm University. His initial worries about going back from work to student life dissolved quickly. “What was looking like a scary jump ended up being just as good as working”, he says. This past summer he successfully graduated and received the “2016 Global Swede” award, and plans to do a PhD in Geology soon.

Michael, originally from Utah in the US, has worked as an engineer for four years before he decided to go back to school to acquire a Master in Management at Stockholm Business School. Inspired by an American TV show, Michael and his family spontaneously moved to Sweden. His active engagement in the Graduate students’ council (GSC) opened many doors for Michael’s future career. Not only did he get the chance to get in contact with prospective employers, but he also started to spark interest in the start-up scene in Stockholm. Michael, who praises the Swedish work-life balance, is now working as the Executive Education and Network Manager at Stockholm Business School.

“Networking is more important than anything else here in this country”, explains Michael as the two speakers start giving career advice. They encourage the students to get a foot in the door as early as possible to ensure a smooth transition after graduation. The overall message of the two alumni is that career paths might not always go as planned, but with the necessary persistence and patience and the long term goal in mind, the hard work will eventually pay off.

Michael Forsman
Michael Forsman

 

Text: Franziska Frei