Are you a new graduate?
Give your career the best start.

CA is your safety net when you finish your studies. You will receive financial benefits and a wide range of courses and workshops or personal counselling provides you with tools for your personal development as well as for job hunting.

Join CA

Become a CA member and take advantage of our many services.

Want to know more?

Our competent staff members are ready to talk about your options in Denmark’s best 
unemployment
fund.

As a new graduate, choosing the unemployment fund that can help you as much as possible is vital. CA can help you achieve your career dream, while also acting as a financial security net if you don’t find a job immediately after graduating.

This page gives an overview of the requirements for claiming graduate benefits. Learn here about CA as a career partner and unemployment fund for new graduates.

Low price and high quality

A low price doesn’t necessarily mean poor quality. If financial and legal safety is your aim, the combination of CA membership and CA Legal Support gives you the best value for money of all offers in Denmark.

CA’s offers for new graduates

Free courses for members

CA offers a range of courses, online training programmes and webinars in subjects such as job search, career development, IT skills, personal and managerial skills.

Career counselling

CA’s professional career counsellors can help you define your dream job, write a CV or prepare for an interview.

Mentorship programme

A course of meetings with a mentor offers you an opportunity for professional and personal development, free of charge. The aim is to help graduates towards a great start to their career, whether they are job hunting or finding their way in their first job. 

Personal profile analysis (in Danish)

Are you unsure about your personal profile or about what type of job would fit you best? A personal analysis will uncover your strengths and weaknesses, and give you an insight into your personal development potential. (in Danish).

Can you get graduate-rate benefits?

Not all new graduates land a job immediately after graduation. Special rules apply for graduate-rate benefits. It’s vital that you know them while you are still studying. For example, whether you are entitled to benefits immediately after graduation depends on the rules for graduate benefits. 

You can get benefits immediately after completing your studies if you were a free student member of an unemployment fund for at least 12 months before graduation, and in all other respects meet the requirements for student membership.

If you were not a member for 12 months, a one-month waiting period applies. You can get graduate-rate benefits 1 month after completing your education. Remember to observe the 14-day deadline for joining the unemployment fund as a new graduate.

Graduate-rate benefits

The benefit rate normally depends on your income before you became unemployed. Obviously, the rules are different for new graduates. The amount you are paid depends on the rules for graduate-rate benefits. The average rate is currently DKK 13,323 per month per month. Members with dependent children are entitled to DKK 15,279 per month per month. Below, see more about the rules for graduate-rate benefits and membership for new graduates.

Special unemployment fund rules for new graduates

If you are finishing your studies soon

To avoid unpleasant surprises, you should be aware of the rules when you graduate. Remember that your bachelor’s degree counts as a separate education, even if you continue studying.

If you continue studying

If you continue you studies at master’s level or another supplementary programme, you should make use of your graduate rights as a student member. This way, you will be able to claim benefits if you do not finish the programme.

If you keep your student job

If you are working during your studies and are a student member, you should take note of the condition for claiming benefits when you are no longer a student.

Avoid the waiting period: remember the 14-day deadline

Whether you have a job or are unemployed when you finish your education, it is vital that you register no later than 14 days after completing your studies. If you miss this deadline, your right to benefits will begin no earlier than after 12 months of membership.

Transferring from student to graduate membership

If you were a student member and would like to use your rights as a new graduate, you must let us know no later than 14 days after you receive your final grade. Please go to CA’s self-service system to change your membership from student to new graduate (in Danish, NemID required).

FAQ for new graduates

Find answers to some frequently asked questions here:

Transferring to CA is easy

1
Complete the form
2
Your membership will be transferred*
3
You will be notified when the transferral is completed

* If you are a member of another unemployment fund, please state its name on the form. We will transfer your membership and seniority. The speed of the process depends on your present unemployment fund. Any advance payment of membership fees to your present unemployment fund will be returned to your NemKonto.