Lack of contacts biggest barrier to foreign-born graduates seeking work

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Foreign-born university graduates say the lack of a good network of contacts is the greatest obstacle to them securing a job that matches their education level.

Even greater than a lack of Swedish language skills, according to new statistics presented today by Jusek, the union representing University graduates.

For Alan Hasso in Gävle, who has a telecoms engineering degree from Syria, the lack of a contacts network was a great hindrance to finding a suitable job when he first arrived in the country.

Forty-five percent of the almost 79,000 foreign-born graduates who answered SCB's questionnaire say that missing a good contacts network is the greatest barrier to receiving a job matching their qualifications, while 30 percent say it's lack of Swedish language skills.

Jusek, the union representing graduates, says it would like a current mentorship programme where foreign-born graduates receive help from a person who is person established in a profession to be broadened out.

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