Why not getting a job in Finland after graduation?
Finland is a great place to study, work, live and raise a family in, thus staying in Finland after graduation is a good option.
Due to our small population, Finland is heading towards a labor shortage that our own younger generation won’t be able to fulfill. In other words, there is a clear need to recruit people from abroad in the coming years, especially in technology, service and healthcare sectors.
The attractions of working in Finland are many. Finland can offer good, high-quality working conditions, employees have a secure status, children and youths enjoy good educational opportunities, public services run smoothly and we have many successful, internationally well-known companies.
Finland has long been a world-leader in technology, ICT, paper and pulp industries and the country can boast with globally known companies such as UPM-Kymmene, Stora Enso, Kone, Metso, Neste Oil, Nokia and Wärtsilä.
While the above mentioned industries are still going strong, Finland has in recent years also become the start-up hub of Europe where various companies have started their journey. SLUSH Helsinki is after all, one of the biggest start-up events in Europe!
In additon to the well-known success stories of Rovio (Angry Birds) and Supercell (Clash of clans), there are an amazing number of promising and rapidly growing start-ups and young growth companies in the Cleantech, ICT, Life Sciences and Nano Technology industries in Finland. Hence, a lot of opportunities for newly graduated international students.
Finding a job
Finding a job can be challenging when you are new to a country, especially if you do not speak Finnish or Swedish. Therefore, we strongly encourage full-degree students to learn the local language.
Most universities in Finland offer Career Services. This should be the first stop for any student and graduate looking for a job. Although the Career Service is not a job recruitment agency, you can contact them for advice on possible local employment opportunities, and general tips on job hunting in Finland.
Many jobs might not be announced publicly; instead, vacancies may be filled through unofficial channels, such as social media and social networks. Personal initiative is therefore also extremely important.
Below we have listed some recruitment websites and agencies:
CV and Job Application
The most important documents used for job search in Finland are still the CV and the Cover Letter. When applying for a job, remember to always try to make the Cover Letter and CV reflect the open vacancy. In other words, highlight strengths you believe are important for that specific position. Most often, all requirements do not have to be fulfilled to be considered for a position, but if something is missing, think about how you can bring out your willingness to develop within the job.
When applying for jobs in Finland, the CV should entail the following:
- Basic information about applicant
- A short profile- One short paragraph about how your skills are reflected in the vacant position
- Previous work experience
- Language Skills
If you work in Finland, you have to pay taxes on your income. The taxation policy depends on how long you stay in Finland, and on the type of your employment. International tax agreements sometimes allow tax deductions for students. More information can be found on the Finnish Tax Administration´s website.
If you are employed and residing in Finland for more than six months,you must obtain a tax card from the tax office. The original tax card shall be presented to the employer so that tax can be withheld. When applying for a tax card you need to give an estimate of how much you will earn during the calendar year (January to December), so that the tax office can assign you a tax percentage. The higher your predicted income, the higher the tax percentage you will pay. You will also need the Finnish personal number that can be obtained from the local register offices.
The Finnish taxation year follows the calendar year. The Tax Administration distributes the pre-completed tax return each year in March or April. Tax refunds are due at the beginning of December each year.