Oulu Talent Hub
Oulu Talent Hub brings together and develops regional opportunities and services for international recruitment. We want Oulu to be an internationally attractive place to work, study, carry out research and invest.
Our focus is on talent attraction and retention. We aim to promote international talent employment to companies in the Oulu region and open up employment paths for international talent.
For Oulu Talent Hub, international talent is defined as international specialists, employees, researchers and students. The project is funded by The European Social Fund, ESF, and is part of the Talent Boost programme.
Services for international TALENT
Oulu Talent Hub helps international talent by gathering the most suitable professionals from our network to support you. OTH will help international talent and companies with a labour shortage find each other faster than before.
Oulu Talent Hub offers many activities for talents, for example:
- Contacts with local companies
- Matchmaking events and info sessions
- Company visits
- A tandem model for internship programmes
- Career counselling
Find a job
Do you want to live and work in the happiest city in the world’s happiest country?*
You can explore open job opportunities on many platforms, including “Jobs in Finland” and “TE employment service”. Or you can directly check company webpages and LinkedIn and send speculative applications.
Jobs in Finland
The Job board, Work in Finland, is a national portal for English-speaking jobs. Here, you’ll find work opportunities aimed at English-speaking professionals in Oulu and throughout Finland.→Read more about jobs in Finland
LIVING in Oulu
Oulu is the fastest growing city region in Arctic Europe with 250,000 inhabitants and 120 nationalities. In Oulu, the modern coastal city culture is combined with lively countryside and beautiful nature. The Oulu region offers many great services and activities for settling in.
Oulu10 service point
If you have any questions about services provided by the City of Oulu, you can contact a centralised customer service point, Oulu10, which offers a variety of services to all those visiting and living in Oulu.
You can easily find help and advice on a wide range of matters related to Oulu and services offered by the city, such as general information about social and health care and well-being services and information about personal annual limits in social and health care payments.
A wide range of brochures as well as themed and guide maps on services, events and services in Oulu and general information about local exercise opportunities and sports services can be found at Oulu10.→Read more about Oulu10 Service point
This is a brand new networking concept in Oulu. BusinessAsema offers accessible service spaces that operate as a meeting place for employment activities, business services, students, work contacts and business for the entire Oulu region.
Drop by for lunch or remote work, take a peek into FabLab and take part in events. If you come from out of town, Tourist Information will give you the best tips for your stay in Oulu!→Read more about BusinessAsema
Finnish Immigration Service
The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) is a government agency under the Ministry of the Interior. It processes and makes decisions on matters related to immigration, residence, refugee issues and Finnish nationality.
In line with our vision “From immigration to citizenship – a leading expert, partner and service specialist”, we strive to be a distinguished and recognised specialist. We grant residence permits to foreign nationals entering Finland, such as students, employees, self-employed people, returnees and family members of foreign nationals living in Finland.→Read morea aobut Migri services
Social Insurance Institution
The Social Insurance Institution (Kela) is a Finnish government agency in charge of settling benefits under national social security programmes.
When you move to Finland from another country, your entitlement to benefits from Kela is determined on the basis of how long you intend to stay in Finland, which country you come from and the reason for your stay in Finland.→Read more about Social Insurance Institution
The InfoFinland.fi -website contains important information about Finnish services, employment and opportunities in 13 languages. Local information on Oulu can be found in Finnish, English, Russian, Arabic and Chinese.→Read more about Info Finland
The publication of the occupational safety and health administration contains summarised information for foreign employees on the basic principles of working in Finland – for example, pay, working hours and holidays.→Read more
Services for COMPANIES
Do you want to hire international talent in your company? Or is your company already recruiting international talent?
We are here to help you and your company in international recruitment. Oulu Talent Hub services include:
Contacts with international talent
- Training and counselling
- National Talent Boost activities
Talent Explorer Funding
The Explorer funding service enables small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-cap companies that are seeking new export markets for a product, service or business model to hire an expert. The company may be in the early stages of internationalisation or already operate internationally.→Read more about Talent Explorer Funding
Talent Boost is a programme for companies operating in Finland, which aims to bring companies together with top talent in various fields. We help companies to internationalise by supporting the recruitment of top international talent.
We organise networking events, recruitment campaigns and funding for the recruitment of international talent. Recruitment campaigns and events are also organised in cooperation with cities and the European Employment Services (EURES) network.→Read more about Talent Boost
Oulu Chamber of Commerce’s mentor programme
This is a new mentorship network in the Oulu region, called “Pohjoisen bisneshaltijat”. The aim is that an internationally experienced company can share its experience with companies that want to hire international talent and are exploring international markets.→Read more about Mentor Programme
Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
ELY Centres support the establishment, growth and development of SMEs by providing advisory, training and expert services and by granting funding for investment and development projects. A special focus is on the internationalisation of companies.
The services offered by ELY Centres cover internationalisation of business operations, improvement of business efficiency and management skills, development of technology and innovation, updating of staff skills and training of new employees. ELY Centres may also contribute to the funding of development projects.→Read more about Ely Centre’s support
TE employment services/EURES
EURES assists with recruitment from Europe. EURES is a comprehensive European cooperation network and high-quality public service that brings employees and employers together throughout Europe.
A great tool for recruitment is the EURES portal with its European vacancies and CV database. Employers can advertise job vacancies and browse jobseekers’ CVs in the portal.
You can find free EURES services at the nearest TE Office. In addition, TE offices’ employer and enterprise services experts can give advice on matters related to the recruitment of foreign labour.→Read more about EURES assistance
When an employer hires a foreign employee, they must ensure that the person obtains the appropriate visa and work and residence permits before starting work. The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) is a government agency under the Ministry of the Interior and supports the process. It makes decisions on matters related to immigration, residence, refugee issues and Finnish nationality.→Read more about the Finnish Immigration Service
International recruiting guide
International recruiting guide is intended especially for employers who are potentially facing their first international recruitment. The guide contains
essential information that should be considered in international recruitment processes. International recruitment refers to hiring persons from abroad or hiring an international expert already residing in Finland.
Jobs in Finland
You can add your company’s English speaking vacancies to Jobs in Finland. Open vacancies can be anywhere in Finland.→Read more about open vacancies in Finland
Are you recruiting people from abroad? Are you wondering about the practical issues in Finland? Support is now available for helping employees to get settled once they arrive in Finland.→Read more at kohtisuomea.fi
Work in Finland
International recruitment advice service is now available for employers,. Employers in Finland can contact the advice service for questions related to the recruitment, hiring and permit processes, and the settling-in of international talents. The service languages are English and Finnish. The service is provided by the TE office’s Work in Finland experts.
Tel. 0295 016 770
(Mon–Fri 9am–3 pm),
Mail. email@example.com→Read more about service
The University of Oulu
The University of Oulu offers courses focusing on living and working in Finland to support companies and organisations with international recruitment.
Oulu is an internationally competitive city region for many types of entrepreneurial activities and for creative businesses contributing to export and employment. BusinessOulu supports you and your company at all stages: from starting the company to generating growth and creating international opportunities.→Read more about BusinessOulu company services
Case | Kamal Singh, Network coordinator from India
I am Kamal Singh. I came to Oulu in 2010 for my studies from India. I chose Finland because it was a ‘known’ place for me. Living for over a decade now, I love Oulu, this serene and beautiful city.
Case | Chiara Bosetti, Doctoral researcher from Italy
My name is Chiara Bosetti, I’m 27 years old, and I am an Oulu Talent Hub Ambassador.
One year ago, I came to Oulu from Italy to begin this incredible journey. I had great expectations, and I certainly got what I was looking for. In fact, I’m currently working as a doctoral researcher at the University of Oulu in its Protein and Structural Biology Research Unit.
Case | Maja Terning, International Affairs Advisor from Norway
My name is Maja Terning, I‘m from Tromsø in Northern Norway. I’m 36, and I‘ve been living here for 16 years now. I´ve been working with BusinessOulu for about eight years. I’d been to Oulu a few times, including when I was a child. For us in Northern Norway, Oulu is a place you go to when you want sun.
Case | Vanessa Phekani, Project Officer from Malawi
My name is Vanessa Helena Phekani, and I am from Malawi. I was born and raised there. I hold a bachelor’s degree in public administration and sociology, and a master’s degree in education and globalisation from the University of Oulu.
Case | Niyati Kandikanti, Clinical pharmacist from India
Hi, I’m Niyati Kandikanti. I’m an ambassador for Oulu Talent Hub, and I’d like to share with you some things about myself and my experiences. I enjoy networking. There are many opportunities in Oulu to interact with other international students and visit new places.
Case | Moustafa Khairi, Machine Learning Operations Engineer from Egypt
My name is Moustafa Khairi. I am 25 years old, and my home city is Alexandria, Egypt. I came to Finland in January 2021 to pursue a master’s degree in computer science, majoring in artificial intelligence (AI).
Case | Gökhan Depo, Project Research Assistant from Turkey
My name is Gökhan, and I’m Turkish. I studied in the Education and Globalisation (EdGlo) master’s programme at the University of Oulu between 2014 and 2017. I now work at E2 Research, an independent, multidisciplinary, research organisation.
Case | Kiran Pandit, Chairperson and Production Manager from Nepal
My name is Kiran Pandit, and I’m from Nepal. I came to Finland in 2008 and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business at Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Oamk). I’m chairperson of the board of Pintamestarit, and I’ve been working with them for 13 years now.
Case | Viktors Sobolevs, Business product manager from Latvia
I am Viktors Sobolevs, 28, and I was born in Riga, Latvia. At the age of 16, I moved to Finland to study at Sotkamo IB High School. Then I studied at Oulu University of Applied Sciences. Now, I work as a business product manager at Polar.
If you really want to live and work in Oulu, believe in yourself, push hard and don’t forget about networking.
Case | Débora Oliveira, Communications trainee from Brazil
My name is Débora Oliveira, 34, and I’m from São Paulo, Brazil. Besides doing a master’s in education and globalisation at the University of Oulu, I am a communications trainee at Oulu Talent Hub. In Brazil, I used to work for an NGO with migrants and refugees, so it is great to continue working with migrant and international people in Finland too. I see Oulu as a city of opportunities. And I am having such a great time here that I am considering staying in Finland to pursue a PhD.
Case | Guido Giunti, Adjunct Professor from Argentina
I am Guido Giunti, 37, from Argentina. Born and raised in Buenos Aires. I work on digital health innovations. I am an Adjunct Professor of Digital Health at the University of Oulu. I have my own project called More Stamina.
I recently got over half a million euros from Business Finland for this project, so I have my own team of multidisciplinary individuals working on this. Our aim is to help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) self-manage their condition by using a new evidence-based digital application.
Case | Sharmin Farah, Marketing Manager from Bangladesh
I am Sharmin Farah. I am originally from Bangladesh. My life has changed significantly during the five years I have lived in Finland. Though it has been a rollercoaster ride, I am enjoying this journey.
Case | Tamara Louis, Architectural designer from Russia
I am Tamara Louis and 30 years old. I came to Oulu from Russia in September 2012.
Originally the main reason for moving to Finland was a relationship matter. Complementing my Russian diploma with European degree seemed to be a good option to start a life in a new country, so I have applied to study here. I noticed quite soon that I like living in Oulu, so I decided to stay.
Case | Doris Yue, Architect from Hong Kong
I am Doris Yue, 35, and I come from Hong Kong. I started working at Uki Architects as an architect a year ago.
I’ve studied architecture for five years in Hong Kong and obtained both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees there. I’ve been working as an architect in Hong Kong for seven years before I moved to Finland.
Case | Junnaid Iqbal, Engineer from Pakistan
Hi! I am Junnaid Iqbal. I am 27 years old and I come from Pakistan. I work as a System Simulation Engineer in Nokia for the development and deployment of the 5G network.
I came directly from Pakistan in 2018 to study for a Masters in Wireless Communication Engineering at the University of Oulu. Along with the studies, I worked as a Research Assistant on the university’s 6G pioneer flagship program.
Useful website: Work in Finland
The first version of the Work in Finland website has been published. The website gathers useful information about moving to Finland and job opportunities for international talents and Finnish companies interested in recruiting international talents.
“Quite an amazing experience“ – International student day company visit
Oulu Talent Hub along with Oulu Chamber of Commerce as part of their international week activities, had organized the international student day where students were invited to meet and learn more about companies operating in Oulu.
Read the article in full here.
New mentoring program
BusinessFinland is offering a free mentoring program for Finnish companies, starting in February 2023. Apply for the international work community management program now!
Read more about the mentoring program (in Finnish)
Looking to expand your network?
As we draw closer to the end of yet another eventful year, Oulu Talent Hub is organizing the last networking event of 2022 on the 1st of December at BusinessAsema (Hallituskatu 36, Oulu) from 17.00–19.00. Come to meet Oulu Talent Hub ambassadors!
Read more about this event and sign up.
International recruitment process
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