Company: Novo Nordisk Manufacturing Kalundborg
Title: Manufacturing Process Engineer
Education: MSc in Chemical- and biochemical engineering
at Denmark’s Technical University (DTU). BSc in Chemical Engineering
from Santiago de Compostela University.
I ended up in Denmark because...
When I came to Denmark, it was a perfect moment, because I was ready
to challenge myself. I was ready to go abroad somewhere in Europe
after finishing my bachelor’s degree. In Denmark, I found the
flexibility I was looking for in a master’s programme as there are
many more options in terms of schedule, subjects, and after-school
activities. That together with a higher chance to work within my field
of education made up my mind about coming to Denmark. I live in Lyngby
by the capital city, and I commute to Kalundborg, either by bus or
taking the train when I go to work.
What surprises me most about working in Denmark is…
Everyone is willing to give their best within their position. People
want to improve. There is also a strong focus on individuals, and you
are valued as a person and not only as a worker. People are keeping an
eye out on each other to make sure they are well. The working times
can be different from the schedule in Spain but having the evening off
gives you more room to be able to enjoy your free time. That is one of
the aspects I value the most about working in Denmark: a good
My Danish colleagues are…
They have a helper-approach, which is nice when coming to a new
country and adapting to a new working culture. In general, there are
good opportunities to develop your professional skills. It creates a
comfortable work environment, which brings the best out of the team.
My colleagues also give their best in their work. They embrace
different cultures, nationalities, and ways of doing things.
Life in Denmark is…
Surprising, because there is a lot to discover. There are many great
places with food, art, music, and other activities. It motivates you
to do things you have not tried before, and to get out of your comfort zone.
I would recommend anybody moving to Denmark to…
Do some research before coming to Denmark and find the opportunities
you want to pursue. Consider that the country has a high cost of
living, so you want to make sure that your financial statement is OK.
When you arrive, you should be open-minded. My prejudice about Denmark
has changed in a very positive way. Be bold! Try to be open and meet
people, by saying yes to the opportunity there are whether it be at
work, university, and leisure activities. That makes it easier to make
friends with Danes, who can guide you on how to get along in Denmark.
On top of that, that will give you the opportunity to see Denmark
through the locals’ eyes.