The prospect of following post-graduate studies abroad is attractive. Many universities offer doctoral positions to international students and collaborations between universities are common. Post-graduates with international experience increase their employability since they are highly valued, especially when coming from a prestigious university. Besides, to follow doctoral studies abroad comes with the opportunity to expand our… Read More Don’t let language stop you! The advantages of doing qualitative research in a foreign language
Glögg. I’d never heard of it before moving to Stockholm, but it didn’t take long to figure out the central role it plays around this time of year. Glögg. It’s one of those words which gives you a good idea about its meaning upon first utterance. Glögg. That’s got to do with drinking (I love… Read More Glögg, Glühwein, Feuerzangenbowle?!
A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a list of Sweden’s Ideal Employers in 2014, and there it was, at nr #5 – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). I thought – hey, I worked for them for a while this spring! So I should definitely write a blog about it! And list several amazing… Read More 7 Key Aspects of Supporting Research in Developing Countries
Just don’t ask me how I am? Is this going to be a post about one of the most famous songs of Suzanne Vega (“Luka”)? Not this time at least. This question does not bother me at all. Another question is on my mind a lot lately. It is rather the “Where do you come… Read More Just don’t ask me…
Swedish people is keen to celebrate Midsummer. After being in Sweden for 5 years, I still could not figure out exactly why. Someone says it is just a tradition that Swedes can take an extra holiday. I say, probably it is used for people to have fun and drink around, and then dance around the… Read More Midsummer not in the middle of summer
Yes, you read this title correctly. When it comes to academic careers, the motto “publish OR perish” reigns supreme. What it means exactly, is that if a researcher does not produce a number of solid studies recognized by peers and published by established journals in the area, his/her academic career will likely suffer, and, in… Read More Publish & Perish
“Music makes the people come together Music mix the bourgeoisie and the rebel!” – Madonna, “Music” For those coming outside /bigger/ Europe and Australia, Eurovision Song Contest (“Eurosong”) must be an odd concept. Many, if not all, European countries competing for a best song, since 1956. Europe has changed its visage quite a bit since… Read More Unite Unite Europe!
Easter egg is a concept recently associated rather with media than with Easter itself, representing hidden, often nerdy content in movies, video games and books, which are usually there as a treat for the true, hard-core fans. Some of the most famous movies have them and some are completely insane. The name of course originates… Read More Easter Eggs
I am a snowboarding maniac. During the past 4 winters in Sweden, I nearly went to snowboarding every weekend. However, this winter is impossible for me, because I had an operation on my left foot. A surgeon has to remove some inflammation on my left foot for the Ostrochondritis dissecans. It is a rare disease,… Read More How to Have Sickness-Compensation in Sweden
Its Monday. And Mondays suck. The debaucheries of the weekend are now haunting you in the form of mental and physical exhaustion. Coming back to work didn’t help and now that you have plopped down on your sofa/bed after the long workday, that little beer belly is peering out from under your t-shirt for the… Read More How to tame that THUNDEROUS tummy!