Persistence, determination, and motivation are the key words when it comes to applying for a job in Finland. The Finnish labour market is highly competitive and looking for a job is challenging. It is not unusual for a person to send dozens of applications and get one or two invitations to an interview. An important skill needed in the Finnish labour market is to know Finnish (and/or Swedish) language. Read more about the Finnish labour market at the Aarresaari website and at the Employment and Economy Development Office (Employment Office).
Most job announcements, whether in a newspaper or on the Internet, are in Finnish. Unless you know Finnish and/or Swedish well enough, it might be a good idea to apply only for jobs where the job announcement is written in English.
Part-time jobs and summer jobs
Many students want to get work experience, especially during summer holidays and some even while they are studying. Common lines of part-time and summer work among foreign students are: mail delivery, substitute teaching, assisting in research, working in a grocery store or in a shop, cleaning, catering, maintenance, personal assistance, telemarketing, working in call centre, etc.
Internet is probably the best source of information. Visit the web pages of the company or organisation that interests you – they usually have a section advertising new jobs. A database of companies in the Vaasa region is available on the website of the Vaasa Region Development Company VASEK.
Bigger companies offering summer jobs and thesis placements in the Vaasa region are, for instance, ABB, Wärtsilä, Vacon, Citec and KWH Group. It is also worthwhile to contact smaller companies (see the VASEK Business Search Engine). In many cases you will have to apply for (summer) jobs via Internet. Remember that you have to act before deadlines! It is common that the application deadline for summer jobs in Finland is as early as January or February, especially for the bigger companies. However, you might still find a summer job much later also, since not all companies have had time or resources to announce their job openings. There are also seasonal job opportunities where the need for work force depends mostly on the weather conditions, such as picking (wild) berries, mushrooms etc.
Work permit is not necessary if you are a citizen of a Scandinavian country, an EU/EEA country, or have a permanent residence permit in Finland.
Otherwise students are permitted to do a limited amount of paid work under a residence permit issued for studies if the work in question is practical training for their studies or final project work. Part-time employment is also possible, if the position does not exceed 25 hours per week during the term. There are no limitations on working hours in full-time employment during holidays, specifically summer and Christmas holidays. For more information, refer to the Finnish Immigration Service.
The links below are to websites written in english.
Looking for a job in Finland
Employment Services (temporary jobs & other)
Job Openings and Employment Services Outside Finland
Campus Career Center
AM Transnational (Spain)
Internship in China
Internship with the Beijing Hutong School in China
Tellus Ltd (Great Britain)
Internship UK (Great Britain)
Working in Estonia
Volunteer Projects in Costa Rica
Interships and Work Placements
European branch of experteer job
Other Resources Outside Finland
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
SIDA – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
DANIDA – Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
CIDA - Canadian International Development Agency
International Institute for Sustainable Development
ELDIS – Gateway to Development Information
United Nations (UN)
Other Useful Links
Gateway to the European Union
The Social Insurance Institution of Finland
The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy
Employment and Economic Development Centre
Confederation of Unions for Academic Professionals AKAVA