During studies

Many higher education students in Finland work part-time at some stage of their studies. This can mean part-time work either in the evenings, or during weekends. Additionally, most students try and find a summer job for the months from June to late August, outside the term times.

Keep in mind however that it is not necessarily easy to find a part-time job, especially if you do not have Finnish language skills (or Swedish language skills, in some areas of Finland). Generally speaking, you should not count on part-time work as your only source of financing your studies, since it cannot be guaranteed that you will be able to find a part-time job, or that your part-time job would earn you so much that you would be able to cover all your living expenses with your salary.

But please do not let the above discourage you from seeking part-time jobs - remember that a lot also depends on your own skills and initiative in locating possible employers.

How much am I allowed to work during my studies?

If you are a Nordic or EU/EEA national, you do not need any special permits for working in Finland during your studies. There are no restrictions as to how many hours per week you are allowed to work, but you should take care that work does not get in the way of your study progress.

Non-EU students can work within certain limits on a student residence permit if the work is practical training included in the degree or if the amount of part-time work does not exceed 25 hours a week. There are no limits in terms of hours on full-time work outside term times (summer and Christmas holidays specifically).

For more information about work regulations concerning international students, see the web service of the Finnish Immigration Service Migri.

Where to look for jobs

When looking for a part-time job, it is usually best to “think locally”. That is, you should actively seek out options and contact potential employers in the town/area you are studying in.

Although the Career Services of your hosting Finnish institution do not usually act as part-time job recruitment agencies, you might contact them for advice on possible local part-time employment opportunities, and general tips on job hunting in Finland. Please refer to the web site of your institution for more information, or check out the hints and contacts on the following pages:

You can also visit the local employment office for advice and there are some commercial recruitment agencies available. Job vacancies are announced mainly through on-line services, but you can also find some job adverts in the newspapers.

Many jobs, however, are not announced publicly; instead, vacancies may be filled through unofficial channels. Your chances may improve if you keep it in mind that your own initiative is one of the key factors. Although employment and career services or job recruitment agencies can assist you, they can not arrange a job for you on your behalf while you "sit home and wait", you also need to be active yourself. In addition to contacting potential employers, you are advised to

  • Exchange information and experiences with your fellow students
  • Use your social networks
  • Get acquainted with the ‘Finnish customs’ of job searching (how to present yourself to a potential employer, how to write your cv, and so on)
  • Remember that few students get lucky first time – do not be too discouraged if you are not immediately successful in your quest for a part-time job.

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