Unemployment insurance funds and trade unions. You might think this is a pretty dry and boring subject. But it’s actually pretty important to know how they work. If you join an unemployment insurance fund at least one year before graduating, you will receive DKK 13,158 per month in unemployment insurance the day after you graduate. Otherwise you will have to wait a month for this support.
Membership of the unemployment insurance funds for academics is free for students.
Your chance to meet unemployment insurance funds for academics
This kind of fund is called an A-kasse in Danish. They provide unemployment insurance as well as helping unemployed people (and students) to find a job. Membership is free for students, and entitles you to attend workshops, visit companies and organisations which may be of interest to you, and get some feedback on your CV. If you lose your job, your unemployment insurance fund will support you and help you to look for a new one.
There’s a difference between unemployment insurance funds and trade unions. An unemployment insurance fund insures you against unemployment. Your trade union does everything it can to provide you with the best possible salary and employment conditions. Members of a trade union can also make use of the union’s network and attend meetings after work and career workshops to boost their competences.