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Job opportunities for international students in the world’s happiest country, Finland

There is an enormous increase of 141 percent in international students, it’s no surprise that search engines are flooded with requests for jobs in Finland. As per the reports of the United Nations, this country ranked first in the World Happiness Report for 2020 and this year. Despite the freezing cold, Finns are still smiling — widely — because they feel safe due to low crime rates. Furthermore, citizens are pleased with how their current regime is managing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Notwithstanding being the world’s largest country, it has a lot to offer which students and working professionals won’t find elsewhere in the world. You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for work in Finland.

You will not only receive all of these rewards and perks, but you will also be an aspect of the country’s robust national healthcare system.  What distinguishes Finland the most is its egalitarianism. You will have prospects and opportunities to thrive regardless of your socioeconomic class or status. The procedure of finding a job as an international student is described below:

VISAS

Students get an opportunity to work which is an excellent way to become involved in the local congregation and connection outside of the classroom. You can work up to 25 hours per week while studying on a student visa. There is no time limit as to the number of hours you can work during the summer vacations. What’s the snag? If you are a non-EU citizen, you will need to renew your residence permit after three months, which will cost you 360 euros. The first step in obtaining a Finnish residence permit is to submit your application along with the documents required. Students who are on a study permit with a residence permit are allowed to work as many hours as they want as long as the job is related to their program of study.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN FINLAND

The two busiest times of year to look for work in Finland are just before winter as well as during summer vacation. You have a plethora of options, such as waiting tables, cleaning houses, or delivering food. If you want to work in a restaurant or cafeteria in the kitchen or maybe as a helper, you must have a hygiene passport, which is a type of certificate that proves you know how to handle unpacked and easily perishable foods.

THE JOB SEARCH

Your university should be your first stop when looking for jobs in Finland; they ordinarily have career services for international students. TE Service is the government’s job search portal. The university department can assist you in finding an internship or a job related to your course, particularly for students in graduate courses. Unis also have research programs where you can work part-time as a proofreader or as a research assistant. Off-campus jobs are also listed in local newspapers, which is an authentic source for searching for jobs. More options can be found at Monster, Barona, and The Hub. Students can take a look at pages like Sol and Freska for well-known cleaning companies in Finland. Foodora and Wolt are two food delivery services to consider.

Abhishek Shah

Abhishek Shah

I'm a final-year management student at NMIMS, Mumbai.

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