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Alessio Mazzella

Purification Scientist at Novo Nordisk

Name: Alessio Mazzella
Age: 30
Nationality: Italian
Company: Novo Nordisk API Manufacturing
Title/education: Purification Scientist / MSc in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in January 2019.

I ended up in Denmark because

I wanted to study in Denmark because I heard that DTU is one of the best opportunities to study Biochemistry in Europe. I have lived in Denmark since 2017 when I started studying, and that was the first time I had been in Denmark. I found it attractive to study in Denmark and work besides studying, to gain experience in my work field of interest. 

What surprises me most about working in Denmark is

I have experienced that there is a good work life balance. In general, there seems to be harmony between work and private life compared to other countries. Also, the organization is structured and there is a great deal of efficiency, as well as a higher quality mindset than I had expected.

My Danish colleagues are

I am part of a team where my colleagues are native Danish speakers. Even though I am the only international person they have been respectful and speak English to me. As the youngest person in my team, my learning curve have been steep. I have learned a lot from them since I started on the labour market in my team. I have also become more specialised in areas, where I did not have experience and knowledge previously.

Life in Denmark is

I feel safe living here. I am used to life in Milan and life in Denmark can sometimes feel quite simple. One thing I have noticed is that the bureaucracy makes citizens life much easier. For example, international students are assisted and prioritized when applying for residence permit or other documentation during the first introductive weeks.

I would recommend anybody moving to Denmark to

Before I moved to Denmark, I did research to get an idea of what it would be like for expats living here. If you plan to stay for more than a few years, then I would say that you should learn the language! Even though it might seem impossible at times.


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