Bemaninng – extra job or a lifestyle

Are you a worker in Scandinavian healthcare and haven’t heard of Bemaninng? Then this is the right article for you because it reveals the potential for higher earnings for healthcare professionals who want to manage their time. Regardless of whether you are a doctor, nurse, radiology engineer or have some other specialization, if you have a license to work in one of the Scandinavian countries and want additional career opportunities, keep reading because here you will find all the information and necessary steps to achieve that goal.

Sweden, Norway and Denmark are well-known countries for their development and uniqueness compared to other European countries, but they also have something completely unknown to us. Despite good salaries in healthcare, additional work, known as “Extra jobb or Bemanning”, is very popular and desirable. Although Bemaninng is basically an additional job, more and more medical workers decide on this form of income by reducing the working hours in their home hospitals, and in order to embark on this adventure, two conditions must be met:

  • knowledge of Norwegian, Danish or Swedish at C1 level
  • having a license to work in one of the three mentioned Scandinavian countries

There are numerous advantages of this additional way of working, of which the additional income is the most prominent. Health workers are paid a much higher hourly rate for additional hours in some of the health institutions compared to the regular salary, and in addition to the hourly rate, transportation and accommodation are also provided. An additional incentive for accepting this type of work are opportunities for new acquaintances as well as upcoming experiences and tourist tours of new destinations with the family.

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Considering the higher paid hourly rate and the flexibility that Bemaninng provides, the choice of additional work depends on the preferences of the healthcare worker himself, so it is possible to open your own business, work when you have free time at your regular job or alongside work. The amount of work depends entirely on you, so you can work for a week, two or a month and then take a break and so on in a circle, or work 20% of your time in this way, and the rest at your primary workplace. It is necessary to point out that the option of extra jobb is also available to healthcare professionals who are not located in Scandinavia, but in another European country, but who meet the above conditions.

The experiences of healthcare professionals so far are extremely positive, and the majority of those who tried extra job first reduced the hourly rate of their permanent job to 75%, then to 50%, and in the end they completely switched to extra job or Bemaninng due to greater profitability and adjustment to himself.

If you want to try this type of work and increase your monthly income or gain new skills and experience – we can help you with:

  • finding extra work in any of the three countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark)
  • Swedish language course at Zrinka’s Swedish School

Take your destiny into your own hands and apply.

Specialist training in Sweden from the perspective of Iris, a family doctor

How was the journey from Zrinka’s Swedish school to specialist training in Sweden for Iris, a family doctor who sought happiness for herself and her family in Scandinavia.

Review of Dr. Iris, a family doctor in Sweden

Our interlocutor, Iris Đipalo Juretić, started her career as a demining doctor, and continued to build it firmly through various experiences as a doctor in the Emergency Service, where she spent six years. For the next 9 years, she worked as a family medicine concessionaire in her own practice when she decided it was time for new challenges – to become a family medicine specialist in Sweden. With the support of her husband and son, she began researching Sweden and gathering all the relevant information necessary for a new beginning.

With Zrinka’s school of Swedish until specialization in Sweden

Iris heard many positive experiences about Sweden, which prompted her to seek specialization in a country with “better working conditions, opportunities for adequate advancement and evaluation of knowledge”. In order to more easily compete in the Swedish market of doctors, she decided to enroll in Zrinka’s Swedish school – an online language course that she could take from the comfort of her home. Taking a Swedish language course is a prerequisite for starting work in Swedish hospitals and better competing among colleagues. In Zrinka’s school of Swedish, all materials are available online, and learning a new language is completely facilitated, so the time for learning is flexible.

After the completion of the language course, the work license was obtained and the search for open positions offering the specialization of family physicians began. And why the specialization in Sweden and not in Croatia? One of the main advantages of Sweden’s Swedish specialist system is that there is no specialist exam, which automatically means less stress. “When you have completed all the mandatory courses and rotations at the hospital and work in the parent DZ, you submit the documentation to the rector, who checks it and sends it to their chamber. In the middle of the specialist training, you have a joint meeting with the mentor, the head of the DZ and the rector about your progress, so there is a possibility of shortening the time of the specialization, which normally lasts 5 years.” – says Iris with satisfaction.

During specialization, it is necessary to take mandatory courses for which the hospital pays for travel expenses and food, and in addition, it is possible to register for other courses of your own interest. Iris describes what it looks like in practice: “On a tour of the hospital, it is mandatory to go through internal medicine for 6 months, psychiatry for 12, pediatrics for 10 weeks and gynecology for 4 weeks. Once a month we have a ST day when all the specialists from the region gather. In the morning we have an organized lecture, and in the afternoon we work in a base group where we discuss the difficulties we face, and then twice a year the representatives of the groups try to solve the problems together with the rectors (leaders of training).

What are the working conditions in Sweden?

Starting work in a foreign country and in a completely new business environment is a stressful undertaking for many people. But Iris decided to take the risk and check all the positive stories she had heard, and there was no disappointment. “Working conditions in Sweden and Croatia are immeasurable. You have time for administration, time for examinations, telephone conversations. According to the competencies, you get a number of daily examinations that you have to do, but everything can be agreed upon. If you want to work 80 percent, your specialization is extended by one year. Here, many use shorter working hours because they want more time for themselves. My goal is to finish my specialization as soon as possible so that I can work full time.” – Iris is satisfied with her choice of specialist training.

The number of patients also increases with the year of specialization, but this number is still much lower than in Croatia. “In the first year of specialization there are 35 (patients), in the second 42, in the third 46, in the fourth 44 because most of the time you are on hospital rounds, in the fifth 47. In a private health center the salaries are better, but you also work more. However, it is not something more for us who come from Croatia when you have over 100 contacts a day.” – explains Iris, who is much more satisfied with the working conditions in Sweden than in Croatia.

“Some say that Swedes are cold and unapproachable. I didn’t get that impression.” – Iris is honest about her new colleagues. “My colleagues, especially the lower medical and administrative staff, accepted me very well and helped me integrate into the team. Hanging out every day at a famous fika, lunch or once a month at a get-together after work does not leave the impression of cold people, but the other way around. Every gathering we have, I get a special reminder that I mustn’t not come because that wouldn’t be it.” – laughs Iris, and only the best about the patients: “Patients, like everywhere, are different here. I personally have a very positive experience. To the great surprise of other colleagues, I received flowers, chocolate, home-baked cakes several times, because they say that is not usual for Swedes. But I look at it this way – as much as you give, you get.”

Persistence and patience is the way to go

Through Zrinka’s school of Swedish all the way to specialization in Sweden, it seems like a long road, but one that pays off. “Specializing in Sweden gives you the opportunity to get a quality education and to have a quality private life. It may seem difficult at first because of a new language, a different culture of living, but the Swedish relaxation, nature, working environment quickly comes to the fore.” – says Iris from her perspective. And finally, he has one piece of advice to share that can help new colleagues who decide to make this change in life. “Persistence and patience. Once you enter the system, you can change the work environment, negotiate the salary, work extra and live a quality life.”

You can see more reviews and experiences of our candidates here!

 

The experience of Dr. Vladimir, a gastroenterologist in Denmark

Health professionals from Europe have recently found Denmark more and more attractive, including our Vladimir, a gastroenterologist, who has been living and working there for some time. His experience so far, and we can safely say satisfaction, is transmitted in its entirety.

Review of Dr. Vladimir, gastroenterologist about Denmark

The biggest motivation for going to a foreign country, more precisely Denmark, was the appreciation of absolutely everyone’s work and the orderliness of the health care system. “Everyone here is dedicated exclusively to work and that’s the only thing that matters, ignoring who leads what kind of life on the side.” Doctors are highly respected and, of course, very well paid, which, in addition to all of the above, was certainly a big plus and motivation for me to move.”

For Vladimir, as a gastroenterologist who worked in Croatia for many years, Denmark opened his eyes to a more normal and incomparably better way and working conditions in the hospital. “I love Croatia, but the conditions here are immeasurably better, I dare say impressive. The number of patients is significantly lower, and the organization and primary health care are much better. I don’t have any administrative tasks, which is what I spent half my time doing in Croatia. The work of a gastroenterologist is greatly facilitated, and access to colonoscopy and gastroscopy is much better and more organized, unlike in our country. There is no waiting line and everything goes like a “tape”, and due to the impossibility of performing tests in a state hospital, you are automatically connected to a private one.”

He also mentions an extremely relaxed and pleasant working atmosphere, both at meetings and at the workplace itself. “The working day begins with a morning meeting that lasts until 9 o’clock, where absolutely everything is agreed, from work shifts to who, what and where works. It is quite normal to have breakfast during the meeting, and if you can’t make it to the meeting, listen to it, but also participate in it, online. The working hours are exactly set, 7 hours, and if there is time left after completing their own duties earlier, the doctors can jump in and help each other on an optional and unburdened basis.

He describes the Danes as his fellow citizens as very decent and somewhat restrained people, which is generally known for Scandinavians. “As my colleagues, I really value them. The identical approach of the doctor and nurse who are always there to help and demonstrate, when something gets stuck, is something that really stands out. Cooperation is steady with the correct “dose” of humor. As for life itself, I would describe it as very comfortable and safe. One of the things that really caught my eye was their openness in that so-called “closedness”, and it refers to the windows in the houses. Interesting  information is that there are no curtains on the windows, and if someone has them, it is known that it is a foreigner. Also, with them, everything is done online, which automatically excludes waiting lines, so to speak, nothing is done physically, which we can expect in about 30 years.”

“No matter how long it took to make the final decision to move to Denmark with my family, the process of moving went so smoothly. INCOR, which I came across through an offer from LinkedIn and with a friend’s recommendations, my interest in moving was even more awakened in me. I am very grateful to Zrinka and Incor for their help in the entire process of hiring and moving, right up to the actual realization,” – says Vladimir, adding that this method definitely made everything easier for him. With help and knowledge about something unknown to him, Vladimir says that it was much simpler, more pleasant and safer for him, and he would recommend this approach to anyone in his position.

Find out more about the experiences of our candidates here!

Experiences of family medicine doctors from Sweden

One of the key questions before making any big decision is “What awaits me?”, especially when we move to another country. No one can give us an exact answer to that question, but they can help us by sharing their personal experience. In this review, we bring reviews of our satisfied candidates who accepted offers in Sweden and found happiness in Scandinavia.

Review of Dr. Bartul, doctor of family medicine, about Sweden

Dr. Bartula moved to Sweden in order to ensure a better future for his family, and money was ultimately decisive reason for the move. Despite the popular belief that doctors are well paid, this is actually not the case. “Doctors in Croatia have a so-called status that is artificial. Out of some kind of political correctness and modesty, we become tragicomic not only to ourselves, but also to the wider social community. If you look back, nobody sticks to doctors, and we constantly, even though we barely make ends meet, say that “we are fighting for some kind of better conditions, respect for the profession, etc.” The latest law on health care shows how much the authorities, but also the people, care about us.” dissatisfied is Dr. Bartul by the attitude towards doctors because he believes that this situation reflects unfavorably on the whole society.

As far as working conditions are concerned, comparing Sweden and Croatia is impossible, according to this experienced doctor, because “in real life it would be like comparing a Ferrari with a second-hand Fiat that you have already repaired a hundred times”. In Sweden, doctors are appreciated and welcomed, and adequate payment for their work is not at all questionable. If problems arise, the doctors are discussed and consulted about the patients’ cases. The reason for this is that the doctor’s opinion is highly valued and respected.

Our interlocutor’s working day in family medicine starts at 8 in the morning and ends at 5 p.m. with a mandatory unpaid lunch break lasting an hour. The break is usually between 12 and 1 pm, and working hours are structured so that doctors have time for patients, administration or education. Education and seminars are planned, desirable and every employee has the right to them. There are also mandatory on-call services once or twice a month, which are paid for additionally. In his professional life, Dr. Bartula considers Swedes approachable people who like to help and are very professional. They respect the rules and, not least, the privacy of others.

In Sweden, both nurses and technicians play a major role in the patient’s treatment because they are actively involved in the entire process. Usually, nurses specialize in different diseases and conditions like diabetes, COPD/asthma, psychological problems, heart failure and more. They often do evaluations, counseling and monitoring of patients without the presence of a doctor.

“The fundamental difference between the Swedish and Croatian models of family medicine is that patients choose the Health Center, not an individual doctor and his team. Another difference, but no less important, is that patients must make an appointment for an examination, by phone, in person, through the official page of the regional health portal, and even on a customized health web platform where you can describe your health problems and communicate with the health staff.”, Dr. Bartul explains the differences between the health systems of the two countries. There is an important difference in the number of employees who perform this work, so in Sweden, for example, a considerable number of secretaries, receptionists, nurses, psychologists and physiotherapists are needed in order for this process to proceed smoothly. Pressure on doctors naturally exists due to the increased volume of work, but not like in Croatia, and the pay is incomparably better.

For our interlocutor, there is no dilemma: “This country is an example of how to preserve and build professional dignity and a recognized status in society. If you cared about your status, a better life and health, and the future of your children, come to Sweden or at least start the process.” says the doctor who found his bright future in Sweden to all his colleagues.

Review of Dijana – doctor of family medicine about Sweden

Dijana Mršić, a novice specialist in family medicine in Sweden, has been in Sweden for less than four years, and every year she is more and more sure that the decision to move was completely correct. There are many reasons for this – from the way of accessing treatment during the pandemic, working conditions and lifestyle.

“I decided to move because of the then almost impossible working conditions in family medicine, financial subsidization of work, constant mobbing by HZZO and patients, countless fines and threats to which we were/and continue to be/ are exposed to as family medicine doctors. I wanted to provide my children with better opportunities for education and work and a more peaceful life.” Dijana begins with a review of the reasons that forced her to move. Although the doctor’s work is difficult and responsible, what really prevents it is the chaos in the system, the passivity of political structures in making solutions and decisions that will improve the status and conditions of doctors, the shifting of responsibilities and patient dissatisfaction, which are the final result of all failures.

Unlike in Croatia, people are polite, grateful, they try to improve what is not working, and they also have the support of colleagues, bosses and unions. All visits are organized in advance, so the doctor has information about the patient’s condition even before he is in the office. Salaries are better than in Croatia, and if you want or need to change jobs, you will easily find another one in all of Scandinavia. “You can work as a private doctor with twice the gross salary. You can work online. Their educations are wonderful, understandable, stimulating, full of very important and good information. You have round-the-clock access to Swedish guidelines for working in general medicine and in the hospital system.” – Dijana is delighted with the advantages of the Swedish healthcare system.

Our former candidate also liked the people in Sweden. “Swedes are very approachable if you want to communicate with them. If you don’t want to, it’s also very easy to leave you alone and go your own way. No one will bother you. Whatever you ask, he will be happy to answer. Colleagues invite you to their house for dinner or a celebration – if the Covid 19 measures are not in effect.” – she conveys her personal experience with people, and she is also satisfied with the organization of the workplace. It is possible to work full time or less than that, depending on your will and desire. This automatically means that the number of patients is higher or lower, and on average between 4 and 8 patients per shift. Your time can be devoted only to telephone consultations or prescriptions, which opens up more time for mentorships, specializations and additional education.

“Perhaps it is interesting to note that in primary health care, depending on the Health Center, dermatoscopic examinations, cryotherapy, mole removal and susp changes, atheroma, lipoma, minor surgery, rectoscopy with proctoscopy, gynecological examinations, children’s dispensary, cortisone injections in large joints. A physiotherapist is directly available to patients without a doctor’s appointment.”, and it is also interesting that Dijana can send a consultation referral without her colleague meeting the patient. The specialized knowledge of nurses and technicians positively surprised our family medicine specialist, especially in the areas of diabetes, asthma and COPD. The nurses have their own patients, and in more serious cases they consult doctors.

And in the end, Dijana shared some advice that warmed our hearts: “If you decide to move to Sweden, which I highly recommend (I believe that today Scandinavia has become what the USA used to be, a country of open countless possibilities), INCOR is the house no. 1 that can help you with that. My experience with INCOR has been fantastic.”.

 

Hybrid learning – the most innovative way to master a foreign language

Hybrid learning is the most innovative way of studying a foreign language. This method combines lectures on the platform, exercises, tasks that the participant accesses from their computer, and live lectures in small groups of up to 4 participants where you are always surrounded by new people. In these classes, the mastery of the material is controlled until the moment of the last lesson.

Digital learning platform

Zrinka’s Swedish school offers the best language learning solution through the Thinkific platform using a hybrid learning method. Students of the Swedish language school have the ability to follow all content, download documents, submit homework, ask questions and more.

Every student of the school, after registration, has the possibility to enter the dashboard on the platform, where he can see all available courses, choose, i.e., enroll the desired one and monitor the progress during the entire learning period. Click on an individual course to find out more detailed information about each course, register or book your appointment for a live lesson.

After you have chosen the desired course, we start with the lessons. The lectures are enriched with video and audio lessons that you follow at your own pace. You can look at them again whenever you want, for example to remember a phrase or to practice speaking a difficult sentence. At the end of the lesson there are exercises that repeat and reinforce the learned lesson.

Practical knowledge and lessons from life

Each lesson is designed to provide students with additional knowledge about Swedish culture, so the A1 level course covers Swedish cities, the A2/1 course covers famous sights, and the B1/1 course covers holidays, festivals and traditions. For candidates who have mastered these levels, at B1/2 we expand our knowledge with the most delicious traditional Swedish foods, recipes and dishes, at B2/1 we get to know the classics of Swedish cinematography, and at B2/2 we are ready for more practical knowledge from everyday life, so we study here how to get a personnummer (like OIB), open a bank account or get health insurance.

The lessons are very easy to follow, and during the lectures it is possible to ask questions through the discussion window. Your progress through the material is visible along with your enrolled courses, and a Facebook group has been created for participants in which movies, series, music, news, information about life in Sweden and other relevant information are published.

Additional benefits for students of Zrinka’s Swedish school

School participants have the option of choosing how to purchase courses. In addition to individual courses, you can also order them in groups with a discount, so you can buy, for example, A1 and A2/1 language level at the same time and save money. This option makes it easier and saves money for participants who want to learn the language to a certain degree and who know in advance how many levels of courses they need to achieve their goal.

And in addition, you can also gift a Swedish language course to a loved one with a gift voucher.

 

The perspective of anesthesiologists who moved to Sweden

You accepted the job, learned the language, and your belongings are in a new accommodation in a distant country. Our candidates Kristina and Patricija explained to us in more detail what you can expect, what will await you and how the life of an anesthesiologist goes after moving to Sweden.

Kristina

Kristina thought about moving for a long time and, like many candidates in our area, she was first interested in new opportunities in Germany and Austria. These countries are often chosen by candidates who want to have a connection with their homeland, but Kristina was not satisfied.

“I have to admit that my first choice was Germany or Austria. Partly because of the relative proximity to Croatia, partly because in my environment, those are the countries that come to mind first when thinking about working abroad. But I gave up because the working conditions were not attractive to me. In addition, the entire relocation process seemed complicated to me because intermediary companies did not offer much help,” Kristina explains her reasons. After this experience, she decided to check what the opportunities are in Scandinavia, so she sought more information from a colleague who moved to Sweden a few years earlier. The experience of a colleague confirmed that this “distant, unreal country of social equality and excellent working conditions”, as Kristina called it, is very real, close and achievable, so the decision to move to Sweden was made, despite the cold climate, which she is not a fan of.

The reasons why she decided to relocate, she believes, are similar to the reasons of 99% of other colleagues who left Croatia: endless overtime hours and politics, corruption and nepotism, rule by the incompetent but eligible. However, there are no such problems in Sweden. “Sweden is far from an ideal country, society is also struggling with problems here, but everyone will get a job if they want it. Swedes respect diversity and develop tolerance, they look to the future and do not constantly return to the past. In kindergartens and elementary schools, they learn to argue and defend their positions, but always with respect for different opinions. Teachers, and later in life, bosses are not absolute authorities, but people who do their job and receive a salary for it.”

The working conditions of anesthesiologists in Sweden for this satisfied anesthesiology are incomparably better than in Croatia. “For me, the most important thing is the balance between private and work life. There are no 24-hour on-calls. My annual salary is 31 days, and throughout the year I accumulate at least that many more days off because every hour spent on duty is counted double and each worker chooses how many of these “double hours” he wants to be paid in money, and how many to turn into days off. The work is organized. Everything is planned.” What Kristina sees as common for Swedish and Croatian anesthesiologists is that they are the “last line of defense” in both countries, with the difference that in Sweden you can say “I don’t know” and “I can’t” without it being interpreted as a sign incompetence.

Kristina sees the biggest differences in the work of an anesthesiologist in the very organization and distribution of tasks. For example, the anesthesia of “simple” patients is managed by anesthesiology technicians who do not have to sit next to the patient all the time, but take care of the preparation and postoperative plan with an emphasis on analgesia. Another important difference in work between Croatia and Sweden is respect for all ethical principles.

About the Swedes, our interlocutor thinks that they are correct and realistic: “Swedes follow prejudices that they are cold and unfriendly.” I wouldn’t agree with that. Rather, I would say that they are moderate. “Lagom” is a term that means “not too much, not too little, but just right”. In the global world, Swedes strive to be easy in everything. Perhaps it will be a good example if I say that Sweden has never, nor will it ever prepare for anyone the kind of welcome that our football players had or the farewell that Split prepared for Oliver, but they will gather together every year in formal clothes, with a formal dinner at their home on the 10th. December and watch the awarding of the Nobel Prize because in this way they show how much they admire Alfred Nobel and his work. What is a welcome difference to me is the way of communicating at work. There are no raised tones, no insults, no one looks down on anyone.” Additionally, it is important to Kristina that colleagues talk with mutual respect and appreciation of different ideas, regardless of hierarchical position, because the focus is on the best possible outcome for patients.

The working day of an anesthesiologist in Kristina’s hospital is 8.5 hours a day. The day starts with a short meeting of 10 minutes, after which everyone goes to their workplaces. Lunch is a central part of the day, and employees are encouraged to use the time for a break. The workload per doctor is less, and 30 minutes are set aside for each patient. “It is usual to discuss a lot with colleagues about patients. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness, and this is something that my Croatian colleagues who come to Sweden really need to learn. We are not pretending to be gods here and it is quite acceptable to admit that things are learned but also quickly forgotten. No one knows everything and no one is omnipotent. There is a great focus on assessing the patient and choosing the treatment method (in our case, anesthesia) that is best for that particular patient.” – emphasizes Kristina, and she also emphasizes the time she has available for education. “Educations at the hospital level are everyday, there are countless workshops that take place continuously from resuscitation training, through trauma exercises to practicing communication skills. In addition, in a very short period of time, I was able to complete education in the field of donation, after which I became responsible for donation at the hospital level. In a way, I came to the same position that I left in Croatia with a great possibility of advancement. That is why he firmly opposes the stories that he cannot progress as a foreigner and that “a foreigner always remains a foreigner”. In the hospital where I work, the only things that are valued are competence and commitment to the overall progress of the department.”

Satisfaction with new working conditions, culture and destination is important for anyone who decides to make a career change in life. And the only advice that Kristina shares is that you need to decide and step into that change. “There are no guarantees of success. It can be the best thing in life, it can be a complete fiasco. But what prevailed for me is that I would never have forgiven myself if I hadn’t tried. Because what I had to lose actually, I can always go back… If I want to. And as things stand now, I’m not even close to returning. I definitely recommend INCOR because on that scary journey of going into the unknown it is very good to have a warm and communicative person next to you, someone who will calmly explain a hundred times how the whole procedure works. ”

Patricia

Like Kristina, Patricia was motivated to move by the bad situation in healthcare and the state in general, as well as politics and corruption. With a doctor husband and two small children, working hours with on-call hours was almost impossible for this couple with 300 working hours a month. In addition, she is dissatisfied with the possibilities for education in Croatia. “We wanted to provide a better life for the children and ourselves. What I must emphasize is that salary was not one of the reasons why we decided to leave Croatia. With two doctoral salaries, and of course a lot of on-call work, we were able to live quite well in Croatia. This is far from the fact that we lived luxuriously and did not save or give up anything. But I must also mention that life with 2 PhD salaries is much easier in Sweden, ie the salaries are much better. And although the standard is higher and some things are more expensive (but some are also cheaper), life is much better.”

About the working conditions, like Kristina and Patricia, they have only words of praise: “As an anesthesiologist, I work 42 hours a week and have about 4-5 on-calls a month, with the fact that the on-calls are partly paid and partly counted as extra free hours that I can use whenever I wish, of course in accordance with the schedule at work. I generally work about 3 days a week. Of that, one to two on-call days plus one to two days off were earned on previous on-call days.” Many of her colleagues use their days off by taking the whole week off, but it’s easier for Patricia to use her days off when the kids are free for adventures. Education and advancement are not an obstacle, and when you become an Överläkare, i.e. a senior officer, then you also get your own specialist who does most of the work for you, and you come to the hospital only when necessary. All work is organized, and work plans are known up to 2 months in advance. The working day is organized so that colleagues consult with each other about patient care, and our interlocutor was surprised by the restrictiveness of Swedish colleagues in the use of antibiotics. “They are still most normally treated with penicillin. And the resistance to antibiotics is much lower than in Croatia, where every other IVA patient would be resistant to “more modern” antibiotics,” explains Patricia and continues: “Relative visits are allowed in the intensive care unit at any time of the day or night. Not like in Croatia, only for half an hour at a certain time. Even relatives get lunch or something to snack on if they are visiting for a longer period of time.”

When it comes to patient operations, usually 2 to 3 anesthesiologists cover about 10 rooms and do a preoperative assessment of patients, and Patricia does not examine the patient in person but via computer. Although it was a little strange to her at first, she realized over time that there are actually no omissions because the patients undergo several checks. First, the operator (surgeon, orthopedist, gynecologist, urologist…), then the anesthesiologist, and on the day of the operation itself, they meet with a specialized anesthesiologist nurse who puts the patient to sleep, intubates, maintains and wakes up the patient so that the anesthesiologist is not in the room, except in case of problems.

Patricia also covers neonatology at her workplace because there are no neonatologists in smaller hospitals. Anesthesiologists and pediatricians are responsible for a newborn child, and in cases of asphyxia they are the first to be called. But the work is less stressful. “There is a possibility of working 90%, 80% or less. I have 30 working days of annual leave. The employer somehow wants to use 4 weeks of annual leave in one piece. Of course, they can schedule the annual in a different way. In addition to the annual, I still have about 300 free hours, which in days would be an additional 37 free days.”

Education, congresses and seminars are not unavailable in Sweden, on the contrary, the employer covers the costs of education, transportation, accommodation, and a daily allowance is also provided. In Sweden, there is also an allowance called friskvårdbidrag, i.e. a fee of 250-300 euros that the hospital pays to employees for a contribution to their health. “All the interns also have a few “läs” days a month. In other words, a working day that is intended primarily for reading/education,” explains this experienced anesthesiologist who likes the Swedes as a people because they try to live life slowly and without stress. “There are prejudices that Swedes are cold and unfriendly. I would not agree with that at all. Swedes are very warm and open and willing to help. They know how to joke and party. But as I already mentioned – they don’t like stress. ”

Patricia also convinced herself that a hierarchy like the one in Croatian healthcare does not exist. In Sweden, everyone has the right to vote – from interns to residents and nurses. Although payroll taxes are high, a lot is returned through child benefit, free education and school supplies. Even children get falls at school. “Sweden is far from an ideal country. But no country or society is ideal. What is really an advantage here compared to other “western” countries is a good balance between private and business life. ” – concludes Patricia.

An ideal destination for future work

There are many attractive potential job locations, so it is sometimes difficult to choose the ideal one right away. Each destination offers certain benefits and challenges, and each candidate is an individual. That’s why it’s important to ask the right questions and choose your priorities, because the decision is influenced by factors such as the plan to move for a longer or shorter period and whether you want more working hours and faster earnings or strive for a balanced working time.

 

Scandinavia

This region, in which Denmark, Norway and Sweden are located, invests a lot of attention in ensuring that the needs of its residents are met. The salaries are excellent, the work is 36 hours a week, and the number of patients is legally limited to a maximum of 10 per shift. There is no hierarchy, so there is less stress, and there are many options for career advancement. Books are free, as are many activities, and free kindergartens, preschool classes and schools are provided for candidates with children. Healthcare and homes for the elderly are also free.

In search of happiness

The intertwined history of the Scandinavian countries has influenced traditions and common holiday dates, writers like Hans Christian Andersen have left a rich literary legacy, and minimalist, aesthetic design adorns many homes around the world. Minimalism and aesthetics are rooted in the culture, and the inhabitants mostly strive to achieve balance through moderation. They center their culture on achieving satisfaction and peace with oneself and simply enjoying existence. The goal is to experience many emotions, experience a sense of accomplishment and actively manage your decisions so that life doesn’t just happen. Connection with nature is very important in Scandinavian culture, so activities in nature are desirable for a positive impact on mental health. The culture of the Scandinavians will suit you if you are looking for long-term balance and stability in life with numerous options for growth and development. The relatively calm and slower rhythm of life ensures numerous moments for own hobbies and finding the source of happiness within ourselves.

In Scandinavia, the focus is on family, so there is the most content for those who want more time to focus on family, friends and favorite activities. If you are looking for harmony between life and work, this region is your ideal choice.

 

German speaking area

The area includes Austria, Germany and Switzerland, which are the most common choice for candidates with previous knowledge of the German language. Order, work and discipline are the first associations that come to mind when one thinks of this area, and the reason for this is the hierarchical organization and the long path in the career progression of healthcare professionals. The hourly hours of doctors in these countries are longer due to the large number of patients. The effort and work pays off in the end because the salaries are excellent, and in addition, excellent road connections and the proximity of Slovenia and Croatia are ideal for those who want to maintain a connection with their homeland or enjoy local sights.

In search of structure

The German-speaking people are guided by a simple rule: if everyone follows the rules, then the whole community will prosper. Organization, punctuality and respect for rules and laws in German culture are the result of logic and deliberation, so it is not surprising that the inhabitants of this area strive to follow the best practices. However, achieving organization and accuracy at the level of the entire region requires exceptional dedication from each individual. Work and discipline are extremely valued because they show the ability for long-term prosperity and the desire for overall betterment. Great emphasis is placed on the social component and care for the elderly and infirm members of the family and community. Joint dialogue is a way to solve problems, and hanging out with friends or loved ones over local beer and dinner is an integral part of the culture of this region. The culture of the German-speaking area will suit you if you prefer to act within the given framework, follow the rules and laws without neglecting the people around you.

If you choose this region, you can count on a lot of fun in your private time. Many cultural events, festivals, locations for excursions and other various activities enrich this region and bring excitement and dynamism to everyday life.

 

UK and Ireland

The island area of ​​Great Britain and Ireland is an ideal choice for those who are looking for quick and big earnings in a short time. If you are planning to move to one of these two countries, prepare for a long journey, because the waiting time for a medical license in these countries is about 6 months. The affluent area of ​​the UK and Ireland requires dedication through long working hours and a strict hierarchy, but on the other hand an excellent income. In addition, knowledge of the English language at a professional level is mandatory. This area also offers numerous facilities for relaxing from stress, so in your free time you can visit one of the historical buildings, drink a beer in one of the pubs or go on a family adventure.

In search of community

The UK and Ireland do not have an identical culture of living, but in both countries the emphasis is on family and friendly relations, tolerance and common dialogue. The reason for this is a multicultural society that respects the traditions and beliefs of its fellow citizens, and at the same time offers numerous opportunities for career advancement, education or cultural research. The excellent quality of life with a low level of crime and the availability of top-notch health and school systems make this island area a desirable destination for all those looking for an opportunity for a better life. The continuous desire for progress, greater knowledge and new experiences provides numerous options for earning and developing new skills, but to achieve the same requires long-term strength and endurance. The old town streets offer numerous historic pubs and places to relax where new friends are easily made, and numerous cultural events provide a variety of options for all enthusiasts of good music and art. Residents of Ireland and the UK care about their fellow citizens and are ready to help each other, so people who choose this area as their ideal destination can expect friendly help from the moment they move.

Regardless of which destination they choose, each of these areas is making visible efforts towards a prosperous society where numerous opportunities for advancement, personal development and community development are key factors in the satisfaction of the residents of these regions.

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How ”expensive” is life in Sweden?

A very common question that crosses the mind of everyone who is thinking about moving to another country is the ratio of income and expenses, that is, “what do I get for what I earn”. Before leaving for a new country, it is everyone’s goal to familiarize themselves with the culture, environment and novelties of the new environment. Of course, people change their place of residence mainly because of work, hence the financial aspect, and considering that one-way tickets are increasingly bought for the north of Europe, that is, Sweden and the rest of Scandinavia, today we will talk about the value obtained for working in Sweden.

It is common knowledge that Sweden is highly positioned on the scale of economic development, and Swedes are among the wealthiest people in the world. Although you can often hear statements like “taxes in Sweden are huge”, you should still inform yourself about the facts.

The next question must be going through your head, why are Swedes so diligent about paying taxes and showing so much trust in their government and country? High taxes provide them with the same standard of living – high, and paying taxes is always returned to them in the best possible way. The residents of Sweden, by paying taxes, get a dignified, carefree and developmentally and health-safe life. Accordingly, the state provides each individual with:

free healthcare and education,
free kindergartens and preschool education,
free homes for the elderly and disabled,
free books and activities,
the possibility of a 3-year break from work with 85% paid a salary,
great salaries,
36 working hours per week,
“hour bank”
and much more

So that there are no doubts and so that the picture of life in Sweden is clearer to all potential, future citizens of Sweden, in 2022 the Swedish bank “Swedbank” has combined the costs of living in the following table for adults living alone or with a partner in a couple, so and for families with children of different ages.

For example, the monthly cost of living for a family consisting of two spouses and two children aged 7 and 13 would be, according to the table above, 17,780 SEK (1,657.13 euros) for spouses + 3,890 SEK (362.56 euros) for a 7-year-old child + 4,200 SEK (391.45 euros) for a 13-year-old child, which amounts to a total of 25,870 SEK (2,411.14 euros) per month for the total expenses of that family during one month. When creating this table, the Bank of Sweden used amounts based on the Swedish premise that every person living in Sweden should have the opportunity to live a comfortable life, therefore you can view these figures from the perspective of the maximum amounts for certain categories.

In addition, it is shown simply on one example how to calculate the ratio of salary and taxes, so that everyone could get an impression and at the same time learn how to calculate them.

*For example, 65,000 SEK (€6,057.94) gross salary was entered, salary before tax.

With the final overview of the costs and the realization of everything you get by living in Sweden, it is now clear to everyone why no one complains, because there is absolutely no need for it. If you also want to change your future and discover the beauty of Sweden, along with your ambitions in the business field, as well as in life, feel free to contact us by email, so that we can realize your wishes together.

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Moving to Switzerland – the experience of a psychiatry specialist

The latest experience from our doctors who moved abroad comes from Goran Jurcan, a psychiatrist who moved from Croatia to Davos, a small town in eastern Switzerland. Goran moved to Central Europe in 2022 and quickly adapted to life in the Alps. We talked with Goran about his experience as he shared what the process of leaving and adapting to Switzerland looked like.

What prompted you to move, and why did you decide on Switzerland?

The decision to move and work abroad has been brewing for the last few years and it was by far the most difficult part of the whole process. As I learned the language better every day and slowly got to know the culture of the German-speaking countries, this decision became more and more natural for me. Working in the Croatian health system has become more and more tiring for me due to a series of illogicalities that doctors in Croatia face daily. The desire for substantial change as well as for communication is simply not there, and the realization that I would have to work in such an environment for the rest of my working life began to terrify me. I took the first step on my own, and found a job post in a hospital in Austria, to which I sent an application. Soon I got an invitation for a job interview, but during the visit, I didn’t like a few things. The position was not immediately available, and I did not receive an answer to all the working conditions that I could expect. That’s when I decided to contact INCOR because I thought they would better represent my interests and guide me through the entire process. From the current point of view, it was an excellent decision. The whole process is quite time-consuming. The help of an agent, who is familiar with all the details of the documentation, is more than welcome. In Austria, a C1 language diploma is required, while in Germany and Switzerland a B2 diploma is sufficient. In Germany and Austria, an additional exam in medical German is taken, but not in Switzerland. Given that I had a B2 level diploma and that I wanted to work in a small environment, that my family are mountain lovers and that I knew that the working conditions were the best in Switzerland, I decided on Switzerland. The whole process begins with the collection and translation of documentation. Something standard in German-speaking countries is a letter of recommendation from your employer, so you will also need to ask for that at your home institution. After I have collected the documentation, the agent I was in contact with contacted potential employers. I received 5 job offers. The conversations took place online, and after I decided on one offer, we also arranged a visit to the hospital. The costs of the visit were covered by the hospital. I spent one day at the hospital and got to know the facility and the way it works. After the visit, both the employer and I decided to continue cooperation. This was followed by the second part with the documentation. Recognition of diplomas takes about 2 months, as well as obtaining a license to perform medical activities issued by the canton. The whole process from the beginning of the job search takes 6-10 months.

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How would you compare working conditions in Switzerland with those in Croatia?

Right from the start, I have to note that the comparison is not fully direct, as in Croatia I worked in the Psychiatric Clinic of the Faculty of Medicine, and in Switzerland, I work in a private rehabilitation hospital, so it may not be entirely fair to compare an acute clinic with a rehabilitation clinic. Working hours in Switzerland are longer than in Croatia. Residents work from 8 am to 6 pm with a break between 12 pm and 1 pm. During the break, you may not be contacted, but if something acute happens, the doctor on duty is called. You can use the break however you want, you can go for lunch, run, walk, or ride a bike. The working hours of doctors in leading positions are somewhat more flexible, although, as a rule, they do not differ much from the working hours of residents. This is certainly the biggest flaw of the system in Switzerland, but on the other hand, the organization of work is at such a level that you don’t go home exhausted at the end of the day. People are employed just to plan doctors’ working days so, at the beginning of the day, you get a plan with the exact work schedule for that day. This is unimaginable for doctors in Croatia. Salaries are 4-6 times higher than in Croatia, depending on experience and position you can expect between 100 and 200 thousand francs gross per year. The cost of living is on average 3 times higher than in Croatia. The biggest difference between Croatia and Switzerland is that there is a lot of care about personnel policy, the exact number of workers and their workload planned. The system is set on sound foundations, and the price of health care is realistic, unlike the price of the service in Croatia, which is several times lower than the real one, so workers have to do a huge amount of work to earn a salary. In Croatia, you often work at several sites at the same time, which is not the case here.

What are Swiss people like at work and in everyday life?

The entire medical team consists of about 15 doctors, and only one is Swiss. In Switzerland, you can get to know multiculturalism in the full sense of the word. I personally like it a lot. You don’t feel like you are seen as a foreigner because the vast majority of other employees are also foreigners. People are extremely kind. There is no existential cramp that is ubiquitous in Croatia. People are calmer and visibly more satisfied there. As I live in Davos, a small town in the heart of the Alps, the people there are also very sports-oriented, so hiking, skiing, cycling, and running are simply part of everyday life. The organization is part of the Swiss culture, so I believe that this will delight you the most in this country.

How did you find the moving process?

The hospital has 30 beautiful studios available for short-term rent, so I didn’t have to worry about accommodation. It also offers apartments for long-term rent. I still found an apartment by myself because I also have two dogs, so that was partly a problem because pets are not allowed in hospital apartments. What I must emphasize here is that the hospital also helped me find an apartment. Obtaining a residence visa takes about a month from the start of work. After obtaining the visa, you can also apply for a family reunification visa, which takes a few more weeks. The apartments here are unfurnished, the rent contract lasts at least one year. For the deposit, you will need to pay two rents in advance to a secured account that is not at the disposal of the landlord, but a third party (insurer). You have 3 months from arrival to arrange health insurance, which, depending on the package you take, costs approx. 200-400 francs per month.

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How did your family and friends react when you decided to leave?

Reactions were mixed but mostly positive. I lived outside my hometown for years, so this step was not a big shock for the family. The fact that I can now help my family financially in case of need means a lot to me. In Croatia, I mostly only managed to cover my current living expenses.

How did you get to INCOR?

I found out about INCOR through a friend who was satisfied with the service and advised me to contact the agency. That would certainly be my advice since there are a lot of little things during the whole process that is better-taken care of by a professional familiar with the entire procedure. You will save a lot of nerves and time.

Do you have any advice for doctors who are considering relocating to another country?

From the decision to leave to the realization, you have enough time to emotionally digest everything together. It is the most difficult to make a decision, and at the start, everything seems much more painful than it is in reality. The experience of working in another system can only enrich you and give you a better insight into your health system and society in general.

 

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Experience of oncologist’s relocation to Denmark

The decision to move to a new setting is not easy at all, so it is always good to explore what awaits you when you plan to make a new life decision. Oncology specialist Marko Bebek decided to try his hand at the new healthcare system and moved to Denmark in January of 2022. Following is a more detailed description of Marko’s experience, so read on and find out what you can expect if you see your future in Scandinavia.

 

What motivated you to leave, and why did you choose Denmark?

One of the reasons I decided on Scandinavia was that my Croatian specialization in oncology is also accepted here, so I am officially in the position of clinical oncologist. The concept of work and lifestyle, as well as the connection with additional training options in the EU, are the main motivations for my departure. Among other reasons for moving, I would like to single out the desire to learn a new language and the ambition to try a more advanced healthcare system in the EU, as I have been dissatisfied with the healthcare system in Croatia for some time. I was looking for an ideal country for myself so I turned to Scandinavia. Since the positions in Denmark were in the proximity of larger cities, as Koge is near Copenhagen, it played a significant factor compared to Norway, for which I also had the option to leave.

How would you describe working conditions in Denmark?

It is much better than in Croatia. The system is more organized and involved, you know exactly who is responsible for which part of the job. There is a large number of non-medical staff in Denmark that helps doctors and nurses. In practice, doctors are not overburdened at work and employee satisfaction is regularly checked by surveys. Surveys also ask for suggestions, and doctors are expected to actively participate in improving our work environment.

How did the relocation process go?

The relocation process is quite painless and straightforward. Until the license was obtained (which is a somewhat more detailed process that requires knowledge of the language), everything went smoothly and I had excellent support from colleagues. To be clear, the adjustment process is always stressful, but I had help (from the agency, Zrinka, colleagues, and the real estate agency that helped me with registration, renting and directing) which greatly eases the whole situation. Choosing an apartment was a stressful step in the process and was chaotic as the available apartments were rented out very quickly. It might have helped if the agent had explained more and advised me about the process of finding an apartment, but I eventually ended up with an accommodation that suited me.

How did family and friends react to your decision?

My family and friends found it a little harder to accept my decision in the beginning, but as most of them have experience working in the health care system in Croatia, they understood my decision and supported me in going. Friends who had previously ended up in Denmark also helped me, and I learned valuable information from them firsthand.

How would you describe Danes?

My experience with the Danes is very positive. They are friendly, warm and want to help. In the beginning, I communicated in English since I came to Denmark a little earlier than I reached the communication level of Danish, and there were no problems. The Danish language is not easy, but everyone in my environment makes it as easy as possible. Of course, it takes effort, as it does with everything, but patience is essential.

How did you deal with Danish, and how did the language learning process go?

I started the language course as soon as I accepted the job and attended it online. The course is professional, and we did as much as we could in a short time since I soon moved to Denmark. When I relocated, to master it as soon as possible, I started to further improve my language in an organized group course in a local commune in addition to the online course. Although this approach is initially more difficult than if I came with a higher level of language, I can say that I am satisfied with the decision to come earlier. Danish grammar is not difficult, but writing and pronunciation are a bigger challenge. This frustrated me at first, but over time I surrounded myself with Danish which proved to be the key to success.

How did you get to us?

I came to Incor via LinkedIn, and I heard about you before from a colleague who thought about moving abroad. Everything from the initial contact and Zrinka’s help in applying for vacations, writing a CV and other documentation to finally moving and connecting with colleagues who had previously moved to Denmark went smoothly, and I have no complaints at all.

Do you have any advice for doctors considering moving?

It is difficult to decide to move, but I think it is also worthwhile to highlight your help. Without your assistance, the entire process would have been much more difficult, and you would have most likely relocated to a country other than Denmark.

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