Finnish working life
society and working life is based very much on trust. Equality and openness are
values to be treasured. It is little bit as in a sauna. In the traditional
Finnish sauna everybody is as they are – formal title and status are not so
attitude and contribution are more relevant. Honesty, punctuality
and equality are appreciated in Finland. This shows in all Finnish culture,
including working life.
Contrary to some other countries, Finnish youth start working part-time or during summers already at the age of 15 - 18 and many Finnish students work alongside their studies, also in positions that are not related to their field of study (cleaners, cashiers ect.). So remember that in Finland any work experience is good experience. Entry-level jobs will serve as a stepping-stone to more demanding positions. Learning the Finnish language also helps enormously.
In Finnish working life it is common that not all positions are publicly advertised. It is very important to start building your professional network already when you are a student. Asking for a certificate of employment is essential after the termination of your employment. There are some small projects with real companies included in your studies as well, make sure you can get a certificate or you can include these in your CV. Be active and grab every opportunity.
If you plan to work or be an entrepreneur in Finland, you will usually need a residence permit. When you are applying for a residence permit in order to work in Finland, you should notice that there are specific residence permit applications for certain types of work. If you are a citizen of an EU Member State, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you do not need a residence permit for Finland, but you must nonetheless register your right of residence. Please read more on the Finnish Immigration Services website: https://migri.fi/en/working-in-finland