Would you turn down more than DKK 13,000?
IDA is associated with the unemployment insurance fund Akademikernes A-kasse. Become a free student member of Akademikernes A-kasse and earn the right to over DKK 13,000 in unemployment benefits if you become unemployed for a period after you graduate.
More than 18,500 already joined…
What is the difference between IDA and Akademikernes A-kasse?
It can be tricky to understand the difference between IDA, a trade union, and the unemployment insurance fund Akademikernes A-kasse. Here are the key differences:
About Akademikernes A-kasse
Akademikernes A-kasse consider it their most important task to help members move on in the best way
- Akademikernes A-kasse
In addition to providing financial security, the a-kasse provides important support when you transition from student life to working – when you land your first job as a new graduate, are between jobs, or consider starting your own business.
- Akademikernes A-kasse
The self-proclaimed goal of the a-kasse is to develop services and counselling that prepares members for the job market of the future where employees are likely to change jobs much more often than previously.
- Akademikernes A-kasse
Unemployment in the first year after graduation
It is completely normal to be unemployed for a period after graduation. That is why joining an a-kasse is a good idea. These are the unemployment rates for IDA’s members in the first year after graduation:
Natural science graduates
What other students say
”I missed out on unemployment benefits in the first month because I joined too late. I wish I had just done it in the beginning of my studies instead of waiting. I might as well have done that.”
- Emil, Environmental Engineering
”I joined in the beginning of my studies. That way I didn’t have to think any more about it, and I could get unemployment benefits the day after graduating.”
- Stine, MSc in Engineering
”I always recommend my fellow students to get it done and join. Why should you wait?”
- Omar, IT
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1. What is an a-kasse?
A membership to an unemployment insurance fund – a-kasse – guarantees you the right to receive unemployment benefits if you become unemployed for a period after finishing your studies.
In IDA we work together with Akademikernes A-kasse, Denmark’s largest and cheapest a-kasse for academics. You do not automatically become a member of Akademikernes A-kasse when you join IDA, but it is free of charge to be a member if you are a student and under 30 years of age.
As a free student member of Akademikernes A-kasse, you earn the right to DKK 13,000 in unemployment benefits from your first day as a new graduate if you are without a job. All you need to do is remember to join at least one year before finishing your studies. That is why we recommend joining sooner rather than later so you do not forget about it when you are busy finishing your studies.
2. Why should I join the a-kasse while I am still a student?
As a student member of the a-kasse, you earn the right to receive unemployment benefits if you do not have a job after your last exam. That way you are guaranteed an income as a new graduate, and a strong foundation for moving on into your career.
If you have been a member of the a-kasse for at least 1 year before graduation, you have the right to unemployment benefits from your first day after graduation if you do not have a job.
Furthermore, the a-kasse helps you keep track of how to get your unemployment benefits as a new graduate. In other words, it is a good idea to join the a-kasse early on so you will not forget when you become absorbed in your studies.
If you join when you have less than 1 year left of your studies, you will not get the right to unemployment benefits before the waiting period of one month is over. In other words, you will miss out on DKK 13,000 (one month’s unemployment benefits) as a new graduate by not becoming a student member of the a-kasse in due time.
If you have less than 2 months left of your studies and you have not yet joined an a-kasse, you no longer qualify for a student membership through IDA. In this case you must join directly through Akademikernes A-kasse, who will advise you.
3. Which a-kasse should I choose?
IDA does not have an a-kasse, but is associated with Akademikernes A-kasse. We are able to recommend them for several reasons:
Akademikernes A-kasse is Denmark’s largest unemployment insurance fund for academics and has the lowest rate of unemployment among recent graduates for all unemployment insurance funds in the country. They specialize in ensuring that you find employment. Once you have graduated, Akademikernes A-kasse is also the cheapest a-kasse for academics.
You do not automatically become a member of Akademikernes A-kasse when you join IDA. You need to actively opt for joining Akademikernes A-kasse when joining IDA as a student member, or after joining under your profile details. IDA will take care of the rest.
4. How much does Akademikernes A-kasse cost?
As a student, you can get a free membership to Akademikernes A-kasse for 5 years if you are under 30. After that you must pay for your membership. We recommend joining as early as possible when you are a student, and no later than 1 year before the last exam. That way you will enjoy all the benefits – free of charge.
Once you turn 30, you are legally required to pay for your membership to an a-kasse, even if you are a student. Students over the age of 30 may, however, qualify for part-time membership. As a part-time member, you pay a lower fee. In IDA we recommend always seeking advice with Akademikernes A-kasse in this situation.
When you have graduated, you pay a full membership fee. Akademikernes A-kasse is the cheapest a-kasse for academics. Visit Akademikernes A-kasse to view the membership fees for full time and part-time members here (only in danish).
5. What is the difference between an a-kasse (unemployment insurance fund) and a trade union?
An a-kasse takes care of the financial part of your unemployment. It is the a-kasse that pays unemployment benefits to unemployed persons. Where the a-kasse is the link between you and the authorities while you are on unemployment benefits, IDA, as your trade union, is the link between you and your future employer.
In IDA we offer career counselling, courses, events, professional networks, and other useful services that can help you while you are still a student, when you are looking for a job, and later in your career. Our legal advisors can read through your contract and make sure you receive proper conditions and a good salary in your employment. We are also your trade union and are ready to assist you if concerns arise or you have experiences from your student job or career later on you need to discuss.
6. Where can I get counselling about the a-kasse?
If you have further questions about the a-kasse, you can contact our partner Akademikernes A-kasse. Reach Akademikernes A-kasse by phone +45 33 95 03 95, or send an email on email@example.com.