In 2016 we asked our past course participants to asnwer a few questions. We were interested in up-to-date information on processes among Medena's students that attended our course between 2010 and 2016. We tried to reach out to as many of them as possible. It's been over 15 years of individual and group stories, relocations, career and other changes for many families. Here we are presenting information collected from main questions of the survey.
First of all, we are happy to know that 96% said "YES" when we asked if they still work in Sweden. We are really proud of the fact that the recruitment and the choice of Sweden is good and well-thought for so many students.
Another question asked if the respondents still work for their first Swedish employer. For us it is very important to know if their initial choices were satisfying and if they stayed in their first workplace. Almost half of our respondents still work in their first Swedish workplace - a sucess in our opinion!
However, we also wanted to know how often the others have changed their workplace. It is obviously difficult to think of any particular reasons, which can be professional or personal, but we thought that it might be a good way to learn about internal migration processes.
The majority of the respondents who changed their job have done it only once, and about 20% have done it twice. The rest have changed their workplace three times or more. It seems quite natural as the anwsers came from people who have worked in Sweden even for 15 years.
Medena runs intensive courses in Swedish and medical Swedish and we evaluate our students through tests and final exams. Their personal assessment of language capabilities is also interesting for us. It is of course a subjective evaluation, but this is exactly what we needed to know. We tried to check how that changed over time. Results are presented below.
We are glad that most of the respondents place their capabilities high on the scale and there is a growing trend. More than 75% consider their capabilities very good (8/10 to 10/10). It is important to appreciate one's own efforts and language abilities!
To make the assessment more balanced we asked our respondents: How do your colleagues and superiors evaluate your language capabilities? We are happy to know that the answers correspond with our assumptions: others' evaluations of us are more favourable than our own.