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10 most common jobs for foreign students in Finland | Jobs that International Students mostly do in Finland

There are many varieties of works that foreign students can do while in Finland. However, this article presents the 10 most common jobs that international students have been doing in order to cover their living costs while living in Finland.

In Finland, the student permit allows foreign students work maximum 25 hours a week. During holidays, they can work full time. However, working 25 hours a week can be little heavier if a student really wants to achieve better in studies. A student can live well in Finland with around 500 euros. So, it would not be a bad idea to work 12 hours a week and focus more on studies. If the company pays a student 15 euros an hour and the student works 60 hours a month, the income should more than enough to cover the living costs of a single person. However, the personal habits are the determining factors of one’s monthly expenses. We will come with another article on maximum and minimum monthly expenses of international students in Finland.

Let’s get started with the top 10 list of jobs for foreign students in Finland!

  • Food Delivery: Food delivery has been the mostly pursued job by international students in Finland. Foodora and Wolt are the most popular brands in food delivery business. Students can deliver food in car, by bike, by motorbike, or on foot.
  • Cleaning: Many businesses, apartment buildings in Finland may hire cleaning companies to take care of the cleanliness of their premises. The cleaning companies have been looking for international students in undertaking this work. Students might be expected to have a car, driving license and eagerness to learn Finnish. If you want to look for ‘cleaning jobs’ in Finland, look for the work ‘siivooja‘ in your city of study location in the job portal of Finland.
  • Free City-Paper and Advertisement Delivery: SSM is the largest network of delivery companies in case of city-papers and advertisements across Finland. They have been employing international students to deliver free newspapers and advertisements to households.
  • Dishwashing: Dishwashing in the restaurants, hotels, and resorts can be another opportunity for international students in Finland to earn their living.
  • Elderly Care: Many international students are utilizing their hunger of learning Finnish language and studying nursing ultimately in working at elderly care homes.
  • Day Care: To work in the kindergartens / day cares one needs proper license and ability to converse in Finnish. Many international students have been entering in this sector as well. International kindergartens might not need the candidate to speak Finnish. However, many international students are taking the challenge of learning the language and getting the teaching license in early childhood education and care (ECEC).
  • Mail Delivery: Posti is the state-run company responsible for the delivery of mails and some parcels across Finland. To work as mail deliverer through Posti, one might be the best candidate if s/he presents the language proficiency and has driving license.
  • Morning Newspaper Delivery: Big cities in Finland have daily newspapers to be delivered at homes of the paper subscribers. Though the subscribers of paper subscribers are declining consistently, this job is still making on the top 10 list for the international students. Working in this sector reguires one to wake up quite early in the morning, perhaps 1 am. Posti and EarlyBird are two example companies on this sector.
  • Research Assistant / University Projects / UAS Projects: Finland is one of the few countries in the world that really trusts international students in their capacities and abilities. Racism is not evident here. Many international students already begin to feel confident in prospering here through hard works. As a consequence, many international students are getting jobs as researchers, teachers in the institutions of higher education. As a beginner, they work as assistants in the research projects. However, working in the research projects is not something that is not achievable or finishing you through hard work. Finland has one popular saying – work smart, not hard. But hey, do not underestimate the expected quality and quantity of outcomes that the academic circle expect from you.
  • Content Creation: Blogs, youtube videos, articles, animations, websites, artworks, graphic designs, and many other creative works are getting popular in Finland’s work environments. Students might create a musical piece for the companies. And by demonstrating these, they can potentially get a full term job. We have encountered many international students in Finland, who have been working on this area and making their living here.

Extra Tips on Job Hunting in Finland

Finding student job in Finland would need you to get a personal connection first. Even though, there are formal application processes, almost 60 percent of jobs are taken before they require announcement. This is because of the culture of open application in Finland. Open Application signifies that you apply to the desired job, assuming that the company needs you in some time afterwards. If you are struggling to make connection for jobs, or everyday life, student tutors in Finland might be of great help here.

If you know something that we have not mentioned on the list above, please write on the comment section below. We will keep on updating this article.


Dipesh is a teacher, student, and researcher. He started to voluntarily write with StudyWorkGuide in 2021. Since he has achieved many academic- and professional merits in his life, he wants to help other aspiring students achieve the same.

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