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kiwi
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Current Job Market in Helsinki

Post by kiwi » Sat Jul 12, 2003 7:13 pm

Gidday all,

I am an English speaking civil engineer, and my Finnish wife and I are thinking about moving to Finland - probably Helsinki or Lahti depending on work.

Does anyone have an idea what the current market is like for English only speakers in either civil engineering or teaching English?

Thanks
kiwi



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Post by PeterF » Sun Jul 13, 2003 9:13 am

Sorry mate cannot pretend it is anything other than BAD.
Teaching English..without a diploma or better in teaching and also lots of experinence/reference.. :cry: sorry forget it.
Civil engieering is a broad subject. I have friend who had Civil engineering degree B.Eng. specialising in Bridge building..he was out of work for over a year trying to find something..gave up an went back to Universiity to do advance degree, getting his Msc, he now has added his Msc paper to his CV, "special winter road surfaces" and says he can now get a job "IF HE MOVES TO CANADA!" and he is a Finn. So for a Kiwi... :cry:


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Re: Current Job Market in Helsinki

Post by Donald » Sun Jul 13, 2003 2:50 pm

kiwi wrote:Gidday all,

I am an English speaking civil engineer, and my Finnish wife and I are thinking about moving to Finland - probably Helsinki or Lahti depending on work.

Does anyone have an idea what the current market is like for English only speakers in either civil engineering or teaching English?

Thanks
kiwi


Can definitely teach English but I recommend you get a TEFL certificate before you come. It is not the best way to earn money but it does bring some bread to the table. I recommend Helsinki, Turku, and/or Tampere for that type of job. I would also recommend sending your CV to all the Polytechnics here. The only problem you will have is that your there (NZ)... You will need to be here to find the work and August is the month to come for that type of job and to start circulating your CV for English language teaching/corporate training.. In any case your wife will find work quicker than you will...Good luck, stay active here, network, and welcome to .!


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Post by meenfreem » Sun Jul 13, 2003 10:09 pm

you know what I discovered today... maybe a little of topic but a good way to show how difficult it can be to find work...

To get a paper route (you know, delivering newspapers and/or advertisements) you need to speak finnish?!? :? yea, just in case the newspaper get chatty i suppose.


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Post by brendan_uk » Sun Jul 13, 2003 10:16 pm

kiwi,

try this http://www.mol.fi/cgi-bin/psearch?

"Paikkakunta" I think is region, leave blank for anywhere.

"Sanahaku" is search word, enter englanti (english) or an english word i.e "the" to pull out the vacancies in english or where english is needed.

If you know any universal/global civil engineering terms try entering them to.

oh the weather may curtail the outdoor work, not sure how the finish building industry gets round this.

good luck


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Post by PeterF » Thu Jul 17, 2003 12:48 pm

brendan_uk wrote:kiwi,


oh the weather may curtail the outdoor work, not sure how the finish building industry gets round this.

good luck

I have been told that there is low temp limit below which out side building/construction work ceases and that it is -15C.
I am not sure if this is health and safety or just that new cement etc does not like it...but I know I do not like it when it is below -15C.


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Post by Hank W. » Thu Jul 17, 2003 12:50 pm

You can lay concrete in -30, but you need chemicals in it that are more expensive. Also things start to shatter (like your hammer might go crack) and tha dryness of the air also messes everything up. Plaster doesn't stick to tiles etc.
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Post by neil » Thu Jul 17, 2003 12:52 pm

Hi Kiwi,

Welcome to the board. For my 2 cents worth, I would advise you to focus on the Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa area since this is where the majority of compaines/jobs/ex-pats live.

If you want to work in the country and like the wilderness, then we have a couple of members who can give you advice on that if you like? Try contacting/PM'ing username: Gavin
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Post by kiwi » Sat Jul 19, 2003 9:36 am

thanks all the info guys- very much appreciated. We are in the fortunate position of currently working in the UK, so there's no rush to move to Finland except for the outdoor life.

thanks again,
kiwi


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