LARV fair attracted 100s of companies and curious students
Luleå Labor Market Week, LARV, is organized by the Student Union at Luleå University of Technology. The goal is for students to make contact with employers and for companies to meet the skills of the future. The major event is a fair where companies exhibit in stands.
"This is a unique chance to dive into a world of career opportunities, where students meet future employers face to face. We from the Student Union think of LARV as a bridge between studies and working life, where students can take the first step towards a future career", says project manager Beck Östlin.
During Wednesday's fair, 106 companies set up stands and told about themselves in front of lots of curious students. There were representatives from Meta and Handelsbanken for those interested in IT, PEAB and Skanska for those interested in construction, LKAB and Zinkgruvan for those interested in mining, Northvolt and Skellefteå Kraft for those interested in energy, and H2 Green Steel and Ovako for those interested in metallurgy. Beck Östlin continues.
"There is something here for everyone, regardless of industry or education. The idea is that you can make contacts that can lead to internships, jobs or just an interesting conversation. We encourage our members to bring a smile, a handful of questions and a bunch of business cards"
Frida is studying Civil Engineering with a focus on soil and rock and is in her fifth year at university. We catch up with her as she stands at the Swedish Transport Administration's stand and ask what she is curious about during the fair.
"In previous years I've been here looking for summer jobs. Now that I'm in my fifth year, I'm mostly looking for X-jobs and jobs after graduation. Hopefully something in mining."
Linnea Tysk is one of several representatives from the Swedish Transport Administration on site. She says that LARV means a lot to them as an employer.
"We have great challenges to find employees in the future up here in the north and that we can be seen here as an employer and meet students and hear their wise questions, it develops us!"
Vincent is studying chemical engineering in his fourth year and stands at Polarbröd's stand and discusses with representatives of the Älvsbyn company.
"I have applied for a summer job at Polarbröd. I am curious about bioprocesses, everything with minerals and mining. Here at LARV I am looking for summer jobs and potential X-jobs for next year. I think the fair is great, you get very close to the companies and get a good insight into the labor market and meet companies you have never seen before."