Hongfei and You Shi have now decided to stay in Denmark
After finishing his PhD at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Chinese researcher You Shi's decision to stay on in Denmark was highly dependent on whether his wife, Hongfei, could continue her career here. It was then that DTU decided to offer Supporting People's Job and Career services to Hongfei.
"We wanted to keep You Shi at DTU Electrical Engineering as he is a highly skilled researcher , but we also knew that his decision about staying at DTU depended on his wife Hongfei's career opportunities in Denmark. We are so happy that Hongfei has succeeded in finding a full time job with the help of Supporting People." Jacob Østergaard, Professor and Head of Electrical Engineering Department, DTU.
Hongfei clearly remembers how she felt before she was introduced to Supporting People, "I had attempted to find jobs myself here. But it turned out to be hard to find a good match and it seemed that there was no such thing as a smooth career path for me in Denmark. I was starting to doubt myself. We both had doubts about our future here."
Hongfei is now employed in a permanent, full time job as a Relocation Coordinator for Asia in Alfa Relocation, which is an excellent match for her competencies and this has helped the young couple to make decisions about their future.
"Supporting People gave Hongfei a new strategy of activities and found new opportunities for her, and very importantly they also gave her encouragement, renewed energy and hope. It was much more than I could give." You Shi
"I am coming up to renewing my contract with DTU. Before Hongfei found a way of developing her career, I was really unsure whether we should stay in Denmark longer. Now that she has a good start, the decision is easy. I will renew my contract, and we have both started planning for a future here. I have even started Danish lessons!" You Shi
It’s funny how one can be on their best behavior in a situation and yet be seen to be something else by the other person. This is particularly true in intercultural interactions.
"Around 40-45 % of all relocations to Denmark include moving the family. However, over half of these relocated employees do not stay for the full duration of their contract because the family has difficulties settling in Denmark. For companies, this means extra expense in recruiting and training a new specialist employee, as well as the risk of the project stopping while this takes place."