I want to do this quick because I have what turns out to be a two-day headache and I want to get to bed soon.
Today I had my first meeting with my A-kasse. I thought the jobcentre would be there as well, but that meeting is in two weeks (apparently). Most of us attending the meeting were recent graduates, but we were only 4 out of the 8 that should be at the meeting.
The woman (I think she was a type of caseworker) was super nice though. She was good at explaining things and include us in her presentation. She had written my name down as Kristina and after being corrected kept calling me Kristine, but whatever, I'm used to that. After the presentation for all 4 of us, she took us in for an individual talk about some more personal/practical things. I got a bit of homework, but what I had prepared for the meeting was apparently good.
I do feel slightly discouraged after this meeting. She asked me how I felt about applying for jobs (she could see I had already applied for some) and I said I knew things were a bit slow because of summer. She said that was very true and that it usually takes about 3 months from a position is vacant through the job posting and interviews before someone has the job. 3 MONTHS! My idea was to get a job from the 1st of August. I guess that's a bit naive?
Aside from my slow gap year back in 2011 and all the modeling agencies I contacted in high school, I've usually gotten the jobs I've applied for. For some of the TA positions, I've even personally been asked if I wanted it. I feel like I need to prepare myself for a lot of rejection!
At least I feel like I understand what's going on with the 'dagpenge' system now and I can begin to plan around that. I need to send out applications and I really want to work on a paper so I can see if anyone wants to publish stuff from my thesis! I was so looking forward to the next chapter in my life, but maybe a couple of blank pages will be okay.