iMigrantArmenia.EU project manager Per Lindberg is sharing his experience in Armenia.
“One of the benefits of working in a large organization like Arbetsförmedlingen is that there are many different and exciting positions.
As a project manager at Inter, I was lucky enough to be stationed abroad in a few rounds, and this time in Armenia. Our projects are conducted within the framework of Sweden’s and EU’s aid policy.
For the past 30 years, Arbetsförmedlingen has built up a great deal of trust and is a sought-after partner in international contexts.
The core assignment for all employment agencies is largely the same all over the world, but there are also a lot of things that differ in the daily work. One of the differences is, of course, the resources that the employment agencies have in the countries in which we carry out projects, and they are very limited.
It is also interesting to work in a foreign environment, under the shelter of the country where you are stationed in a different way than you are on a temporary visit. Over time, you will also build your own international network, especially if you work in projects where a lot of (usually EU) countries participate.
There are several things that make it fun and exciting to work in Armenia.
The country has a remarkable and ancient history. It was the first nation to adopt Christianity in 301, and the Armenians are very proud of it. There are a lot of churches and monasteries from the 4th century onward. There are other buildings and remains that date much further back in history. And the capital Yerevan celebrates 2 800 years this year.
The country is just where Europe meets Asia, the crossing is noticeable in different ways. For example, the oriental influences are clear in music, food, etc. The food is absolutely fantastic.
Armenia is on its way back after being a part of the Soviet Union and is generally a well-organized country. And one more thing: one can drink tap water in Yerevan, coming straight from the mountains.
People, in general, are very nice and helpful, the crime is relatively low.
My colleagues are great – young, well-educated, language-savvy and talented. We have three project staff, one coordinator and two communication experts.
We are in a room at SEA’s headquarters that we share with the Labor Migration Unit (LMU) and have already acted as a team.
For those who are tempted to work internationally, there are various opportunities within the authority. One of the possibilities is to work as a short-term expert in our projects. And it usually includes IT support, labour market forecasts, disabled people, information and communication, employer relations, starting business, developing methods for our projects. However, other expertise might be also needed.”