Working as a student
The terms of an employment relationship differ in some respects depending on whether the employment relationship is temporary or permanent. Usually, summer jobs and other jobs performed by a student are temporary due to their short duration. After you graduate, you should enter permanent employment relationships.
Problems in an employment relationship are tough for an employee. If your rights as an employee have been violated, you do not need to seek for justice alone. We support you in all circumstances that can arise in working life.
1. BECOME A MEMBER
Student membership is free, and as a member, you can access all services you need in working life.
2. GET INFORMATION FOR A SALARY NEGOTIATION
The trainee salary recommendation is a good starting point for a salary request. The recommendation is based on the salary information provided by student members of TEK regarding their summer jobs and on the change forecasts of the wage level. For recommended trainee salaries and initial salaries, click here.
3. BE ACTIVE IN YOUR JOB SEARCH
Update your job search documents ( CV + job application + LinkedIn). Follow job postings and study the job search tips on the Teekkarin työkirja website.
Also check out the Career Services at your university.
- Aalto University
- Tampere University
- LUT University
- University of Oulu
- University of Vaasa
- Åbo Akademi
"I still use the lessons I learned at the CV clinic, and I can heartily recommend the service to others as well."
MARIA MATVEINEN, GRADUATED IN 2014
4. JOIN THE KOKO UNEMPLOYMENT FUND
Ensure your earnings-related unemployment security while you still study. You can join the The Unemployment fund for highly educated KOKO when you are in an employment relationship. You should become a member as soon as your first summer job starts. By joining the KOKO unemployment fund while your studies are still underway, you can secure your finances and concentrate on job seeking when you graduate.
The employment condition is met when a fund member has worked for a minimum of 18 hours per week for 26 weeks during the 28 months that precede the unemployment. Studies can lengthen this period up to seven years. This means that even a few summer jobs and a thesis job with an employment contract fulfill the employment condition. In other words, the required working period can consist of several individual periods; it does not have to be continuous. Moreover, the work does not have to belong to your professional field.
To join the unemployment fund, add KOKO unemployment fund membership to your member information on the TEK website or by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"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
To learn about the rules, practices and regulations governing working life, study this site, enroll in the labour market courses at your university and visit TEK events. There is not much use in knowing the rules, if they are not followed. If you think you are being mistreated, contact the shop steward at your workplace and a TEK lawyer.
Remember to sign a written employment contract.
Never sign an employment contract before you understand it completely. If necessary, send your employment contract to a TEK lawyer for review.
After your employment relationship ends, remember to ask your employer for a testimonial.