International mobility of students and graduates is not the future!

24 Jun

Or at least we were told. I’ll be doing my best not to let my frustrations affect me, since a too biased and exaggerated viewpoint rarely convinces anybody, and only appeals to people who already agree with you.

In order to get you – the reader – up to speed, I’ll quickly set the scenario: We are presenting our business in front of an advisory board, who are to decide whether Graduateland is selected for a Danish incubator programme for Danish start-ups.  The short version is that we were not selected, which it really disappointing, obviously, but since we don’t know who we’re competing against for the limited programme places, we can’t really argue against this decision.

However, we were told that the advisory board doubted the whole concept of Graduateland, and this is where I can only encourage you – the reader – to join the discussion.

“We don’t believe that there is a tendency that young academics are ready to move to another country, in order to pursue an education or a career abroad”, they said.

Stating our perspective is somewhat irrelevant, since it is illustrated via our commitment to the creation of an international career portal. But what do you guys think? Are international career possibilities just not interesting, since nobody is ready to pursue them?

Is providing an overview of universities across Europe not important, since nobody wants to study abroad? Well I did just that, but that may because I’m an extremely internationally oriented person (notice the sarcasm).

Help us prove those conservative advisors wrong! Give the blog your comments, even if you think I’m an idiot, who can’t face a disappointment. Maybe even share the post with your friends, who may be able to contribute to the debate. In these times it’s far more important to have the support of the crowds, so screw you, authorities, you’re so last year.



Posted by on 24 June, 2011 in Entrepreneurship



4 responses to “International mobility of students and graduates is not the future!

  1. Andy G

    24 June, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Got to say, it seems rather short sighted in today’s ever increasing glocal world, to say that graduates would are not willing to pursue a career in another country than their own (or study abroad for that matter..). Did they have any evidence to back up their claims, or was it just their own subjective opinion…?

    Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but are the leading international companies in the world not already looking for the best qualified workers regardless of their where they are from? Do you think that they would have set up very expensive graduate programmes to attract the best candidates if they thought that young academics weren’t willing to move abroad…? I think the popularity of these graduate programmes alone shows young academics willingness to uproot and move abroad for the sake of a good job.

    Personally, I believe, while a job abroad is not for everyone, there are a lot of young graduates out there who aspire to do great things, and that usually means making some sacrifices. If that means moving abroad for the “right” job, then I think that the majority would do it.

    What world does the advisory board live in, because it doesn’t sound like the world I live in (as a soon to be graduate..). I think they are a bit outdated in their thought process here.

    I can’t say if the other candidates were possibly better than Graduateland, but I can say that I think the concept behind Graduateland is worthwhile and very relevant for today’s aspiring young academics! Don’t get disheartened, “Fall seven times, stand up eight” (Japanese proverb)..

    • patricklundcph

      26 June, 2011 at 11:31 am

      Hey Andy,

      I totally agree with you, and the only reason why I didn’t use the same arguments as you did is that it would make the assumptions of the advisory board too absurd, and the blog post would not encourage people to make up their own mind.

      Just the example that most large corporations have English as corporate language emphazises the international environment they are in, where the building blocks are employees from a wide range of countries.
      It didn’t seem as if the advisory board had any counter arguments, and if they did, it’s surprising that they did not confront us with them during their Q&A.

      Thanks for your comment – it’s good to have some engaged readers out there.


  2. Rekrutteringshuset

    24 June, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I´am shocked that there still is people sitting with a relatively important position in Advisory Boards and such, with that kind of limited knowledge of what is going on in the world around them. If they did a little bit of research, reading forexample about the comments that the Center of Future Science in Denmark has to say about that, I am sure you would get a totally different feedback from the Advisory Board. But, there are still a lot of other Advisory Boards, and others, who can see the importance of your website. Therefore, be pacient, the right ones will turn up when the time is right. A lot of people turned down Facebook, DHL, Skype etc. And where are they at today!? Keep it up my friends…

    • patricklundcph

      26 June, 2011 at 11:34 am

      Totally agree, these guys must be living in their little bubble. What do we do, when we fall off the horse…? We get back up.
      Thanks for the encouragement.


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