Finding a Job in Finland - version 2

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Post by sxbmb87 » Fri Dec 02, 2005 5:25 pm

First of all thank for taking your time to write the article it really has helped me...but how can i get a temp company to help me get manual labour job.Coz i am only 18 and i have no experience in any job.

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Re: Finding a Job in Finland - v0.1

Post by Nukkepöksy » Sat Dec 03, 2005 12:58 pm

Phil wrote:This is a FIRST DRAFT, so please don't focus on any spelling/grammar mistakes.

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In Conclusion

Living in Finland will be a wonderful thing but will take a lot of hard work and perseverance. Nothing that’s worth wild in this life comes easy.


I found your article very helpful and informative. I'm not trying to be annoying, since you asked us not to focus on spelling/grammatical errors, but I thought I'd let you know that "worth wild" doesn't mean anything. I think you were going for "worthwhile". Excellent article, nonetheless! :)
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Post by Truecanadian » Sat Jan 07, 2006 1:54 pm

One day I would love to work in Finland. I do manual labor (cleaning, emptying garbage, snow removal) but the environment I work in is unique.
I work in one the busiest train stations in Canada. Lots of people and lots of work and everything going on. I also did contract cleaning for 15 years on my own. So even though I cannot speak Finnish at all, I am going to take courses
available at the local schools.
Wish me luck, I am going to need it. :D


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Post by rajesh » Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:26 pm

Hi Phil,

Your essay on your initial experiences has pretty much captured the feelings which I'm going through right now. I graduated with an MBA from HSE last month (but job-hunting since Oct'05), with 7 years of pre-MBA experience in Business Development and Sales Management with MNC's in consumer products, financial services and retailing industry back home in India.

Finding managerial line roles in Finland without Finnish language skills (cultural issues) has been a herculian task for me till now. As you wrote one has to look at the trade-offs and make a conscious decision about career prospects in Finland or return back home to re-build your career.

Thanks for the interesting article, it does help bring in a perspective of the reality here.

Regards,

Rajesh


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Post by Young Lady » Mon Apr 24, 2006 7:34 pm

Hi. Thank you for information. Just in the moment I search for a summer job/internship. I speak Russian, English, understand German and Swedish and have a little (very-very little yet) knowledge of Finnish. I have a Bachelors Degree in International Relations and do my Master's in European Societies. My citizenship is Russian.
Any opportunity or advice appreciated.
Help, if you can, thank you!!!


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Post by Cloudberry » Wed May 17, 2006 7:35 am

bretti_kivi wrote:hi all,

finnish is obscure. but i'm not convinced on the amount of time to learn it... i'm on a course at the moment and it's going quite quickly.

Bret


Thats good to hear Bret! I was getting a bit worried about the language part. I envisaged it would take a year or so to learn the language enough to get a half decent job. I guess it will be harder for me since the kind of work I do relies heavily on language. As a qualified Generalist and Careers Counsellor perhaps I might do okay in some kind of program that helps migrants entering into Finland? Are there any government funded migrant settlement/employment programs? I guess the first thing I need to do though is really get cracking on the language side of things. :roll:

Thank you Phil for such an informative and candid insight into your experience of the labour market in Finland.


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Post by badsykes » Sun Jun 11, 2006 4:42 pm

Hello
I am 22 years old and i wish in one or two years to move in Finland.My university is Civil Marine and the profile is Electrician Officer aboard ships (container ships for example).I have studies in networking also (CCNA certificate soon) and hardware experience.From what i read here the IT market is saturated there.Maybe someone can tell if i can find a job in maritime market and what kind of jobs are and how are they payed.
Anyway Phil nice article.Those are things that only a finland ppl can tell.
Thank you for all support with foreigners


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Post by zoltar » Sun Jun 11, 2006 5:30 pm

" In the United States for example, “university” usually means public institution while “college” means private institution (although not always the case)."

Correction: A university is an institution which grants advanced degrees such as a masters or Ph.D. A college only awards Bachelors degrees. It has nothing to do with if it is a private institution or not.


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Post by mel » Sun Jul 02, 2006 11:00 pm

Thanks Phil for this useful article of yours...I wish I had known this forum before but nevermind since I made my way through in this country anyway...so i want to share briefly (not in details) my experience with u..

I came here to follow my husband, I was pregnant and gave birth here in finland...at the same time I finished my university degree...I stayed home with our child one year and got the desire to get a job...
I must say that i am a language specialist (not to say expert and remain humble :wink: ) so for me getting to know Finnish went from learning it at university during 1 semester to then through tv and people I got to know -and i am still not fluent and intend to follow up by taking more classes-...even though I am quite surrounded by foreigners...but married or living with finns...
So to go on..I started to search for a job through the net, answering a lot of ads, making phonecalls -all that in English with a little bit of Finnish when i felt that it was necessary- without any success...one has to be aware of the fact that everything has a slow process here in finland..it takes for ever to obtain something, not only an answer to one's aplication but to anything!...But I must say that i am very blessed 'cause i have been living here for soon 2 years, but looking for a job only for few months (I think 2-3months) and I got one..I am teaching languages...so nothing to do with IT, engineering or managing...although my degree covers the language field and the business field as well...

So to sum up I want to say that I agree with most of the points that have been mentionned by Phil and some others, especially that mastering the language is A big plus if not necessary -once again except in my case since I don't need it at my workplace-...and they tend to hire Finns over foreigners even if it is for a position of English trainer and that u are an english native speaker or that u are simply fluent in English-in my case-..well sorry but the position will still go to a Finn :?

If i think of something else I'll edit or add it up later.

Good luck to u all and thanks again everyone for the comments.


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Post by deepkrishiva » Tue Aug 15, 2006 1:51 pm

hi i m krish i am searching job in finland. i am a student.
so if u find any plz contact me, i m ready to do any job. i m a bba ist sem candidate


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Post by __HomeSchool » Tue Aug 29, 2006 8:50 pm

When I read this.
I honestly get scared sh*tless.
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Post by Hank W. » Tue Aug 29, 2006 8:55 pm

Thats why I slap the face and plunge the innocents into the icy water, rather than give them a touchey-feeley-nicey-nicey thumbs up. The thumb called "reality" is going to be up their arse, sideways, with no vaseline. ;)
Cheers, Hank W.
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Post by __HomeSchool » Wed Aug 30, 2006 12:01 am

Hank W. wrote:Thats why I slap the face and plunge the innocents into the icy water, rather than give them a touchey-feeley-nicey-nicey thumbs up. The thumb called "reality" is going to be up their arse, sideways, with no vaseline. ;)


Aw Hank,you sure know how to make a girl feel better
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Post by raamv » Wed Aug 30, 2006 8:56 am

__HomeSchool wrote:When I read this.
I honestly get scared sh*tless.

hmm..And This is just the beggining....
It Aint like US, UK or anywhere else..This is Finland.
( Of course it could be similar to a Desi (a.k.a. A person from the Indian subcontinent), born n bred in US/UK N trying to work in Indian/Paki. village.
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Post by __HomeSchool » Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:32 am

raamv wrote:hmm..And This is just the beggining....
It Aint like US, UK or anywhere else..This is Finland.
( Of course it could be similar to a Desi (a.k.a. A person from the Indian subcontinent), born n bred in US/UK N trying to work in Indian/Paki. village.


Yeah I understand what you are saying.
What I am really getting from this post is. That
you need to learn finnish or you'll be screwed for life.
Am I missing anything?
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