African women in the Scandinavia countries should exercise self confidence in themselves and in thier skills.
Meet a nursing assistant, Harriet Sørensen, whose succes story is built on self confidence.
Afroscandic : Tell us about yourself
Harriet : My name is Harriet Sørensen and I am originally from Uganda. I came to Denmark in 1994. I am a nursing assistant and I am currently working in a psychiatric hospital.
Afroscandic : We have seen that you have gone through your studies in Danish language, what is your driving force?
Harriet : I believe that I can make a difference by improving the quality of life, and at the same time be a role model to my children.
As a mother, the greatest gift that I can give my children is a good upbringing that is full of inspiration.
Afroscandic : What was your level of interaction with your colleagues during your studies?
Harriet : You don’t need to be an expert on human nature to know that humanity is made to seek interaction with others and to be gregarious. Of course this comes with its costs like those moments of rejections, just to mention a few, but it also has its rewards. In my experience, the benefits are bigger than the let-downs.
Afroscandic : What is your advice to other African women who are living in the Scandinavia?
Harriet : A person, who lives in a foreign country, is faced with many challenges. I have once asked myself questions, like – “Am I good enough? Do people understand my intentions? Am I treated differently because of my colour and so on”. Those questions affected my mind set negatively. But, one day I said to myself, one way to gain confidence is to learn Danish language, further my education and integrate into the Danish system. It will be difficult for a foreigner who do not have a self confidence spirit to excel in any of the Scandinavia countries. I will therefore advice Africans, most especially the women who are living in the Scandinavia to put their self confidence into action.