Do you need a job? Just start.

Updated: Apr 19, 2021

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Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. - Thomas Alva Edison

Let’s say you’re expecting a friend for dinner at 17:00. You’re probably going to prepare for their arrival well until the doorbell rings. And when it does, you’re ready to welcome them. You’ve prepared while waiting.

But let’s say, a friend dropped by unannounced at 17:00. You’d be running around trying to whip up a meal and fix your house. Of course, while your efforts would be appreciated, the lack of preparation would be evident. You’ve haven’t prepared for something probable.

This is what some job seekers look like to potential employers. That is, those that don’t spend their time, “preparing while waiting”.

Life can be hard enough for all refugees and migrants that move to Scandinavia for various reasons. Add lack of an income to the mix and you end up with a negative outlook about life and a huge blow to one’s self-esteem.

The best thing about Norway is the possibility to earn a decent income while doing almost any job. Many refugees and migrants come to Norway equipped with qualifications and experience.

Yet, many of them are forced to turn to jobs outside of their realm. For instance, someone who was a doctor in Pakistan for 5 years, starts working as a cashier at Rema 1000. Is this wrong?

Of course, it would feel wrong. But it isn’t.

He’s maintaining a routine, he’s in a work environment where he has to interact with colleagues and customers, he’s probably also still in Norwegian class and able to practice the Norwegian language at work.

He’s working part-time, picking up new skills, learning about the work culture, and earning a living to support himself and/or his family. All this while studying for his medical exams on the side!

Still feels wrong? It shouldn’t. This doctor is, “preparing while waiting”.

The harsh reality is, not all migrants and refugees have the luxury to make financial sacrifices and wait for their dream job. Hard work comes in different shapes and forms, irrespective of where one is working. 

Our lives depend on salary, work hours, and a pension. Not having a job could trigger an identity crisis and impact our mental health negatively.

So, what’s wrong with hard work? Nothing. Especially, when you live in a country where hard work is rewarded with a basic income and benefits, the same way as many other jobs.

While you “prepare while waiting”, why not upload your CV in our website here? We’re trying to match skilled migrants and refugees with companies that could need such talent.

Do you have a story where working hard, outside of your comfort zone, paid off? We’d like to know, write to us or leave a comment below!

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