Most international students are not entitled to Finnish social security, and therefore they are not entitled to Finnish student benefits either. This is why international students often have to work alongside their studies.
International students would benefit if higher education institutions would advertise job vacancies that do not require higher education, such as:
Part-time and temporary work offers students:
HEIs often downplay vacancies that do not require higher education. However, finding work in Finland for the first time and gaining local work experience is very important to international students.
University of Kuopio, Career Services, Marika Tuupainen
University of Lapland, Career and Recruiting Services, Satu Peteri
Employment agencies typically hire foreign employees that do not have a university-level education. Fatbardhe Hetemaj, contact manager of international recruitment in the personnel services company VMP, agrees that there is potential in increasing cooperation with learning institutions. The services of VMP cover a wide range of professions from cleaners to IT professionals. Their main target groups in international recruitment are Estonian nurses and Romanian construction workers, welders and meat cutters. This labour force is recruited directly from abroad.
When HEIs organize events such as Welcome Weeks together or individually, they could invite along employment agencies that have part-time or temporary work on offer. Employment agencies have participated in networking events for example in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area.