People who know me in person know I’m goal-oriented.
Scratch that, I’m goal-crazy, goal-driven. I live a life dictated by to-do lists, bullet points and five year plans. Moving to Sweden was no different- and although I know it’ll take a while (I’m estimating 3 to 6 months) to settle into the city, culture and workplace, I have some vague ideas of where I want to be in the short, medium and long-term.
Short Term – 1 Month
- Walk the city. Get a feel for neighbourhoods, who shops where, when people stay out until etc.
- Find a coffee shop with
- Great coffee
- Good wifi
- Late opening hours (lots of places here shut at 4pm!)
- Make a good impression at work and learn as much as I can about the company.
- Find and successfully rent an apartment. Ideally
- Small (studio or 1-bed max)
- Balcony-having (a girl can dream…)
- Get my personnummer, bank account etc. sorted.
- Begin Swedish lessons.
- Find out how to type the ö in Malmö reliably on my keyboard.
Medium term – 3 to 6 Months
- Settle in at work. Work to a standard where I feel like I’m contributing to the team and project(s).
- Look into doing additional training, possibly a General Assembly online course or HBS CoreX.
- Set up a liveable, stick-to-able budget.
- Work on publishing my dissertation as a paper.
- Outfit my flat with the basics, and persuade friends to come visit!
- Get my Swedish to the standard where I can at least order a coffee and possibly be understood.
- Get to know the company, expat and game dev communities in Malmo.
- Explore the different Malmo and Copenhagen Meetup groups.
- Pick back up my disparate, MPDG-like hobbies
- Rock climbing
- Jogging (holla c25k!)
- Life drawing (possibly help run a class?)
- Choral singing
Long term – 1 year+
- Advance my UX skills to mid-level.
- Visit new parts of Sweden and northern Europe.
- Speak at a conference, either about my King work or my dissertation.
- Settle into living in Sweden.
These goals are likely to change and mutate- but to me, life is about going with the flow. Any advice for places to visit in Sweden, or tips for settling in? Leave them below!