Employment Issues

Getting a Job
Non-Finnish and non-Swedish speaking people have a reduced competitive strength on the labour market due to the lack of Finnish or Swedish language skills. Unfortunately the knowledge of English is usually not sufficient and this applies to part-time jobs also. 

The Academic Career Services
(Rekrytointipalvelut/Arbetsforum), of the two Universities in Turku are specialised in finding employment for students. Their services for students include:
  • Information about available jobs
  • Career guidance
  • Information on the job application customs in Finland
  • Facilities for students where they can write their job applications, CVs etc.
  • Information about trainee-programmes.


Academic Career Services
Å-huset, Gezeliuksenkatu 2a
tel. 0400 153 096


Arbetsforum, Career Services
Å-huset, Gezeliuksenkatu 2a
tel. +358 (2) 215 4116, or +358 (2) 215 4961.


Employment and Economic Development Offices (TE Offices)

TE Services Contact information

 At the Turku Employment Office (Turun työvoimatoimisto/Åbo arbetskraftsbyrå) scholars and students living in Turku  can search for job opportunities. The office will give information about jobs available based on qualifications and experience, which in practice means that you need at least some basic knowledge of Finnish. They will also provide you with information about permission to work in Finland and about Finnish legislation concerning employment.

 Basic information

Everyday life at the workplace
Often a contract of employment gives information about when breaks occur during a working day and how long they are.
There is a short coffee break in the morning at 9, a lunch break in the middle of the day during 11-12 and another coffee break in the afternoon at 2 pm.
Lunch is 30 minutes. Eating during breaks is arranged in different ways at different workplaces: some have their own canteen, while at others employees bring their own food from home. At some workplaces, employees can buy affordable lunch vouchers that can be used at restaurants close to the workplace. Lunch for staff at university cafeterias costs 5,60 €.

20014 Turun yliopisto, Finland
Tel. +358 29 450 5000

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