Anouk: Probably the biggest challenge of moving abroad is that you are facing a new environment in every single aspect of your life – but this might also be the biggest gift! Starting a new job, facing new tasks and meeting new colleagues. Living in a new country, in a new flat. Leaving everything and everyone you know behind – it’s definitely not easy but can be very rewarding.
The most important thing in order for you to make sure you’ll have a great time is to keep an open mindset and to not give up if things don’t work out in the first few weeks! In my opinion being proactive is the best way to go. I would for example recommend to start making a list of things you want to see and try out.
Then of course it is helpful to inform yourself about the Danish culture and adapt to habits that you like (How about cycling everywhere? Have a smørrebrød in the city or go to the sauna and have a dip in the icecold sea afterwards!).
I would also recommend living with flatmates because it makes it so much easier to get to know people.
Other than that – just enjoy! Enjoy the butterflies in your stomach when you find out you are going to move abroad, enjoy learning about a new country, enjoy the excitement of leaving your comfort zone – it’ll all be worth it, for sure!
Quinn: Moving to a new country sometimes means moving out of your comfort zone, but that is where growth happens. As a non-EU person, I had to familiarise myself with a new housing market, banking system and sort out visa paperwork. Nonetheless, I am so grateful for the tremendous amount of support that I received from Arla during my move. Every step of the way, there was always someone to assist me or address my questions.
What I love about Denmark and Aarhus in particular is that there is a balance in everything. Aarhus is a very dynamic university city but still possesses the tranquillity with beautiful forests and the sea. Workwise, every one of my colleagues is smart, performance-driven, and at the same time so personable and always willing to help.
Living abroad has helped me grow my self-awareness, international mindset and adaptability. I enjoy the difference in perception and ways of thinking when talking to people. I also love getting to know new things and challenge my deep-rooted assumptions. An interesting cultural difference I experienced is for example the after-work hangout: Back in Vietnam I used to have some street food and bubble tea, and now I enjoy half a pint of good beer!
I still remember my pounding heartbeats in excitement when I landed at Copenhagen airport after my 15-hour flight. You’ll know that feeling when you start your job in a new country and believe me it will be a wonderful experience!