Unemployment insurance funds and trade unions. You might think this is a pretty dry and boring subject. But these organisations are highly relevant for your working life. You need to join an unemployment insurance fund within two weeks of your final exam if you want this kind of financial support during periods of unemployment. If you are not the provider for a family, you are entitled to DKK 13,323 per month. If you are the provider for a family, you are entitled to DKK 15,279 per month (the rate in 2018). This takes effect one month after you graduate. It can give you a sense of financial security while you’re looking for a job.
If you join an unemployment insurance fund at least one year before graduating, you won’t have to wait a month before receiving any support. You will receive DKK 13,158 in unemployment insurance the day after you graduate.
At Arts Karriere we collaborate with the Danish Association of Masters and PhDs (DM), Magistrenes A-kasse (MA), Akademikernes A-kasse (AKA), and the Union of Communication and Language Professionals (KOMM & SPROG). Each semester a range of different unemployment insurance funds and trade unions visit the university. This gives you the chance to meet them and hear more about the services they provide. On this site you can read more about unemployment insurance funds and trade unions, and where and when you can meet them.
If you are a member of MA while you are still a student, you are entitled to take part in various workshops and courses which will prepare you to look for a job when you graduate. And membership of DM entitles you to a range of useful discounts while you are still a student. For instance, you get a 50% discount on Denmark’s most attractive insurance policy for students, with DM Forsikring. The union will give you inspiration and guidance to help you make the right choices not only while you are still studying, but also when you start Work.
Membership of MA is free of charge for students (as long as you are under 30), and membership of DM is free for your first year as a student – after which it only costs DKK 22 a month.
AKA is an insurance and consultancy company which helps unemployed academics (and students) to find a job. They provide services ranging from providing unemployment insurance to helping their members make job applications.
Did you know that membership is free of charge for students under 30? Or that AKA run a variety of courses and events that can give you the edge both during your studies and when you start making job applications? As a member you are also entitled to individual career guidance, feedback on your CV, and the chance to visit companies and organisations that may be of interest to you. So check us out to learn more about what AKA can do for you.
KOMM & SPROG is a trade union for specialists in the fields of communication, language and marketing. Members are entitled to take part in more than 400 courses each year, as well as having access to the union’s job bank containing jobs for communication, marketing and language specialists. You will also receive the union’s magazine, containing articles of relevance for these fields.
KOMM & SPROG offers advice about jobs and careers as well as online statistics enabling you to check how much other experts in your field are earning.
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.