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Alumnus: Global Studies

Sanaz Granqvist studied the Master Programme in Global Studies at the School of Global Studies, when it started in 2007. Today she works as an Assistant Manager at Baggium Care & Treatment AB, which is a private accommodation for unaccompanied refugee children and adolescents. Previously, she worked for Save the Children in Örebro.

What do you do in your current work as an Assistant Manager?

Since two years, I work in the private sector in the Group Humana Individual and family, who receive assignment from municipal and social services to support unaccompanied refugee children and adolescents. I work with those who have received permanent residence and need help to integrate into society. I assist them with housing and contacts with staff from social services, particularly regarding school but also mental wellbeing. I first worked as a Treatment Assistant in the group. I was tipped off about the job by a friend from a previous workplace, who was working in the organization at the time. After six months, I got more responsibilities and the employment I have today. Before a got my current empoyment I worked at Save the Children for about 1, 5 years as a Project Officer on a project that focused on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and how it was applied in the municipality.

How can you benefit from your studies in the Master Programme in Global Studies in your professional role?

I had a bachelor's degree in political science international community studies when I started the education. My focus was to work with the CRC but did not know how, therefore it was an advantage that the training was broad. This gave me a different perspective and helped me to see more clearly what direction I would choose. I have also been able to choose employment in width.

What do you like most about your education in the Master Programme in Global Studies?

The internship was especially important and helped me to understand at what level I wanted to work with the CRC. At The NGO Group for the CRC in Geneva I worked with how different countries complies with the CRC at the UN level. It was very theoretical and I then decided that I wanted to work closer to the target group. The program was international and I was able to meet people from different countries. It was very rewarding to be able to share and take part of so many different perspectives, experiences and backgrounds. We had many fruitful discussions, so socially and network-wise, it was the composition of the class.

What are your top tips for success in the labor market?

Start early by getting involved in an organization to get a better CV and to find the right direction. Take advantage of internship, if you get the opportunity. You get a chance to see what the labor market looks like, you get to showcase your skills and it can lead to a job. Try combining theoretical studies with practical work, because it is important when applying for a job to be able to back up your theoretical studies by demonstrating internships, projects or previous involvement in an organization.

Page Manager: Monica Lindh De Montoya|Last update: 4/1/2014
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