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HOW I FOUND MY JOB IN TAMPERE “…Take the initiative already during your studies and get yourself busy. It’ll pay off!” Presented in this chapter, these are the stories of TAMK’s foreign alumni’s. They were looking for a job and career opportunities in Finland and they succeeded. They were the same as you are, with the same chances and opportunities. They did not give up and because of that, they are now on the way you are looking for. Read it carefully, as they include tips and advices helpful for you.

TAMK international students’ stories Stephanie Levy from Canada

Stephanie’s way: - applying for the internship related with her field of study - Finnish language classes

“I left Canada and came to Finland in 2010 to finish the last half of my International Business Degree at TAMK. As any TAMK student is aware, an Internship is a requirement of the degree program, so I found, responded to, and applied for internship at a company named HappyOrNot Oy. HappyOrNot is a Finnish, privately owned, company that was founded in 2009. Its concept is to be the world’s leading company for customer and employee satisfaction improvement. Currently, they have over 1000 clients in over 40 countries worldwide, and this year opened its second office in the USA. Of the three applicants, myself included, HappyOrNot selected me as the successful candidate.

and easily give responsibilities to those who are trusted to do their job efficiently and effectively The Finnish language has been one of the biggest challenges in living in Finland, in general. At HappyOrNot, luckily, my position does not require me to speak any Finnish, however, what personal affect I have about this is sometimes missing out on either side-discussions or even friendly banter between employees. HappyOrNot was actually generous enough early this year to offer private Finnish lessons for myself and one other foreign employee via Tredea, which turned out to be a very positive experience, and helped to grow my language skills.

I began my internship at HappyOrNot in April 2013 (part-time until the end of May, then full-time thereafter), and it went until the end of September, and subsequently I was hired as a full-time employee to the position of Marketing Coordinator. In early 2014, I was promoted to Manager, Marketing & PR.

To summarize my experience working in Finland, I would consider myself to be very lucky to have gained employment so quickly and easily with such minimal Finnish skills. There are companies here who are willing to hire non-Finnish speaking persons however, they are not very common. I would recommend to really try to learn the language to the extent enough to carry on a conversation. But, once you have found a nice place to work, you become part of a family and you will be treated very well. I have only positive things to say about my experience working in Finland so far, and I hope that this short story can help to motivate others that it is possible to succeed with strong determination, and a little luck.”

My experiences in working in a Finnish company have differed from that of my previous 10+ years’ work experience in Canada in a corporate industry. Finnish employers and employees, when communicating with foreign co-workers, tend to be more reserved, can appear to be blunt or direct in discussions or via emails, don’t boast themselves over their peers, are very favourable of teamwork,


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