The Scandinavian countries are well known for the family friendly social policies and the developed welfare system – financed by high taxes. There are many career opportunities in the healthcare of Sweden, Norway and Denmark; we have talked to Mats Ignell, co-founder of MediCarrera, a company that has been working with the Scandinavian public healthcare since 2003.
What kind of vacancies will there be in the Scandinavian health care the next years?
There will be many vacancies in the public health care for specialist doctors in almost all specializations and also for dentists and nurses. The contracts are permanent, mainly in public hospitals, primary care centres and dental clinics, in many different regions of Scandinavia.
What advantages do the Scandinavian countries offer to a doctor, dentist or nurse who is interested to work abroad?
All Scandinavian countries offer the possibility to combine a high level medical career and time for family life and leisure. The countries are economically and politically stable. Many different international surveys show these countries to be leaders in high quality of life, scientific research, education, health care and equal opportunity policies.
How will the doctor, dentist or nurse manage to work in Scandinavia without knowing the language?
Knowing the language is not a requirement in order to get a job, but it’s crucial to have a minimum B2 language level of Swedish, Norwegian or Danish in order to start work in the respective countries. As there are very few doctors, dentists or nurses who have these language skills, the employers offer an intensive language course before starting the work.
How long does it take to learn the language?
We have organized the language courses for doctors and dentists since 2003. Until now more than 300 doctors and dentists graduated our courses.
We have developed a two parts model based on a 8-12 weeks of internet based language course that the candidate can attend from home, followed by an intensive, full-time course of 4 months; this course is enough to reach a B2 language level. During the first months of the employment there will be an integration program, with tutors, and continuous language classes.
How is it possible to manage the course without working?
First of all, nobody starts the intensive language course without an employment contract. During the language course all participants will have a furnished apartment and a scholarship in order to be able to concentrate 100 % on the language course. Our language courses take place in Spain, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.
How will the family integrate?
We know that the key to a successful integration is communicating in the country’s language. If on arrival the partner and the children can also speak the language the chances for success are higher. This is why when we organise the language courses we also think about the family of the recruited doctor, dentist or nurse so we offer an intensive language course to the family members.
During the language course we assist with all the practical problems related to relocation. We also help with finding suitable schools and nurseries and we offer professional orientation counselling to the spouse.
When we recruit doctors, dentists and nurses for the Scandinavian countries we see it as a family project and we try to prepare all family members for the new life in new country.
Mats Ignell, co-founder of MediCarrera, a company that has been working with the Scandinavian public healthcare since 2003