Working as a student
It's time to start looking for a job! But....
- Where and how to apply for jobs?
- What to consider when looking for a job?
- What kind of salary can be requested?
- What to keep in mind when entering into an employment contract and on what terms?
- Is it worth joining the KOKO fund (unemployment fund) and why?
You will find the answer to these and many other questions on this page.
1. BECOME A MEMBER
Student membership is free, and as a member, you can access all services you need in work life.
2. Make the most of Tek's job search services
When applying for a job, you should first put the job search documents in order. In TEK's Työkirja job search and career guide you will find great instructions for job search, such as basic CV templates for students and recent graduates in Finnish, Swedish and English.
Not sure where to look for jobs in Finland? Check out our list of the most common portals and sites.
Did you receive an invitation to a job interview? You can and you should practice for a job interview. With TEK's Haastis mobile application, you can practice good job interview answers flexibly, whenever it best suits you. Download the app from the Google Play and App Store, search for "Haastis".
Are you considering going to work abroad? TEK members have access to a comprehensive GoinGlobal database. With GoinGlobal, you can find country-specific CV templates, application tips, employer listings and open positions.
3. What is the right salary level?
TEK annually determines internship salary recommendations for students, which apply to work related to their own field of study. The salary recommendations are a good starting point for a salary request. TEK's recommendations are based on the salary information of TEK's student members.
4. JOIN THE KOKO UNEMPLOYMENT FUND
You can join the unemployment fund already as a student when you are in paid employment. You can become a fund member, for example, on the first day of your summer job. You can already earn enough qualifying weeks during your summer or part-time jobs as a student. Once you graduate, you may be entitled to earnings-related unemployment benefit, if you become unemployed.
The unemployment fund for highly educated KOKO's membership fee is 66 euros in 2021. Join the fund by adding the membership to your own membership information at oma.tek.fi portal or by sending a request to email@example.com. Please remember to attach as an identification either your membership number or date of birth as well as your employment details.
"A TEK lawyer investigated the matter with me and then took care of all communications with the employer company. A satisfactory solution for both parties was reached in a couple of months."
AKU LIPSANEN, GRADUATED IN 2013
5. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
The terms of employment relationships are partly different for fixed-term and permanent employment relationships. In general, summer jobs, internships and other typical student jobs are temporary.
It is important to always have a written employment contract. Do not sign a contract until you understand all the points in it. If you wish, you can send your employment contract to a TEK's lawyers for reviewing. At the end of your employment, be sure to ask your employer for a certificate of employment.