Many people have asked me about finding a part-time job while studying here. Indeed, working helps a student to develop greater independence, and earning his pocket money can teach him how to handle his finances. Furthermore, a part-time job seems to be a reasonable and realistic choice when we should focus more on study and self-improvement as a university student. So I interviewed some students around me who have a part-time here and those who have some knowledge about this. Finally, based on my own personal experience and knowledge from others, I wrote down several tips on finding a part-time job. Questions and comments are welcome 😉
If you want a position within our university, I would recommend:
PROFESSORS OR RESEARCH GROUPS
Ask professors or research group that you are interested in. Many research groups need part-time research worker, sometimes they would publish an advertisement on their webpage, but most of them also welcome an enquiry and self promotion. Professors who have funding for research assistant would also recruit part-time workers. Don’t hesitate to contact them.
TRAINEESHIP PROGRAMME FOR INTERNATIONAL MASTER STUDENTS
This is a traineeship programme opens for international students almost every year by University of Helsinki. In 2019, the application period is from 1 to 24 April and 10 position is needed in different departments of our university. See here for more detail of the programme in 2019 and prepare yourself for the next year’s cycle.
KEEP TRACK OF OUR CAREER SERVICE
Never leave out our official resources that support our career wellbeing. First check out the website here. Among these, I strongly recommend you keep track of the career service calendar for fresh news and chances. They held workshops, such as Let’s Learn LinkedIn, and provide us with up-to-date information on career and working opportunities.
For jobs outside university, possible ways are:
GET KNOWLEDGE FROM PEOPLE AROUND YOU
Ask people around you, such as your friends or classmates, who has a part-time or full-time job to see if they can recommend such a position for you. At least they would have some useful information and the experience may be of help.
There are some facebooks group based in Helsinki or Finland, on the topic of part-time job, as well as full-time job and jobs in startup companies. Join such groups and keep an eye on the posts.
JOB SEEKING WEBSITE.
Here reads a list of website in Finland for jobs and traineeships, including both full-time and part-time positions. It’s worth noting that our university has our own Rekrynet: Announcements targeted at students and recent graduates of the University of Helsinki. Click on this link for detailed information.
As the first period is near the end, you may have some time to think about your career plan and act on it. Good luck!