Sponsored - save job. However, this can be a huge obstacle since many people may only receive their first job offers from smaller companies or startups. What's the hours threw the week you have to work? Oslo universitetssykehus - Oslo, Norway.
People hire people that they can relate to and get along with. Commonly, Norwegians stick together. There is nothing wrong with this and in my opinion, it is a good thing… but it does make the job search hard on expats. Here in Trondheim, it seems like everyone knows each other. With a population of ,, Trondheim is still a small city. As a foreigner, this is another obstacle that you will need to overcome.
I very highly suggest volunteering as much as possible, meeting people at every opportunity and networking until you are ready to collapse. The reputation that you build for yourself starts from the day you arrive here… and for many of you, the clock is ticking. Dress sharp, be active, and show how much you want to live here.
This one is sort of unspoken but generally true. In Norway, it is almost impossible to fire someone. Therefore, when companies hire, they are looking for a perfect match.
You have to be the perfect candidate. So, you had better do your research and be on your A-game. Prove to them that you will stick around so that they feel less scared about hiring you. This results from a couple of the things already mentioned, such as this being a small city and that hiring for life results in lower turnover rates. In addition, there are only a few of each type of company here and jumping from competitor to competitor would probably be frowned upon.
One of the biggest factors, however is economy. With the current oil crisis and many skilled workers being laid-off, Norway is seeing the highest jobless rate in a decade. This, of course, means that those skilled workers are now competing for available jobs as well. Again, competition goes up.
As skilled workers, you must meet strict immigration requirements. If you are not from an EU member country, you will only have 6 months to find employment 3 month tourist visa plus 3 month extension for job seekers. Be sure you apply for this job seeker extension as soon as possible and note that you will need to meet living and income requirements.
Even after you have received a job offer, you must meet specific salary requirements. This is to ensure that all immigrants receive equal pay for equal work on the same level as all Norwegians. However, this can be a huge obstacle since many people may only receive their first job offers from smaller companies or startups.
Those salaries are pretty competitive and an employer would need a darn good reason to hire you at that wage over a Norwegian. The bottom line is that finding a job in Norway is very competitive and if you are not Norwegian, the deck is stacked against you.
However, there are some things that may help. You need to get to know people people here. Volunteer, network, attend groups from meetup.
Do your research and see how your industry sector is doing here before you make the leap. You can get by on slightly less if you want to eat rice and beans.
You need to be visiting offices, shaking hands, and meeting people. Find any mentors you can and ask them to help you.
Read about how I found a job in Trondheim. It goes into a bit more detail on the job seeking advice. It is generally very difficult for expats to find work in Trondheim, especially when the economy is down as a result of oil. To add to that, a combination of factors including language, population size, education levels, nationalism, immigration rules, and others will make it hard to find work here, but not impossible.
Moving to Norway is the best decision I have ever made and no matter how much I travel, Trondheim still feels like home. He is an avid adventurer, backpacker, and volunteer with travel in over 40 countries. Dave moved from the USA to Norway in December to pursue a serious relationship with his beautiful Norwegian girlfriend. Thanks David, Great insight about life in Trondheim. Indeed Trondheim is one of my favorite cities. Well articulated and very true! I got nowhere with 11 applications then out of the blue my brother in laws boss offered me a job on his recommendation.
Hi David, Thank you for your great articles and insight. I have enjoyed everything very much. I was hoping to get your general opinion, being that you are from the US, but living in Norway now. I was born in the US, but am of Norwegian heritage. My grandfather was one of 12 kids in Norway and the only one who came to the US to marry and live.
I am very close to a lot of my family in Norway. I also have a bachelors degree. All considered, how would it be for me finding a job. Thanks so much for any feedback!! This depends a lot on what your degree is in, what work experience you have and whether you already speak norsk.
For instance, if you have a bachelors in computer science, 5 years in a good company with good recommendations and you can speak Norwegian well, then you may have a very good chance. Also, seeking for jobs in Oslo is supposedly much easier than in many other parts of Norway, due to the large international population.
I have a great wish to move in Trondheim seeking for better life for me and my family. My husbands already lived in Norway for 3. Years and playing like professional in handball club Runnar and Viking. Unfortunately because of familly member get sick we had to come back home 4 years ago. Do you think my profession is wanted there? Do I have a chance to find a job? I would love to have a Coffey and chat with you if I ever come in T.
A Master in Aquaculture could be very useful here. Norway is one of the fastest growing aquaculture sectors in the world. In , Norwegian aquaculture production amounted to approximately 1,3 million tons, 99 percent of which was Atlantic salmon and trout.
It seems like a good education to have here, so I wish you good luck! Greetings, Dave — I am so happy to have found this site. I plan to immigrate to Norway in order to basically save my skin as the conditions in my home country, Serbia, are getting worser and worser with each day passing by.
I have meticulously gone over the ads on EURES and similar sites but so far had no luck in finding a job vacancy as an English teacher in a private school that would be my preferred choice of work. What else could I possible do in Norway pertaining to my profession?
There are lots of skilled English speakers here and I would imagine that most private schools are looking for someone fluent in English and Norsk. However, I hope that your big desire is to bring value to the people you will teach in Norway, not just to escape Serbia.
It is the same as you have described here also. However I am seeking a change and it has proven difficult: I have sent many applications, initially my cover letter was written in English, now I manage it in Norwegian, no secret I am foreigner but it shows willingness to learn and to fit in.
In two years not a single interview. Then again I also agree if you have a degree or work experience that is in need here all these may not be relevant: Vets also are needed as I read there are few universities that offer that path. In general science degrees, I agree, are much preferred. Also mechanics, plumbers, electricians and in general skilled technical professions are sought after.
Last comment, are norwegian better educated? I love it here, all great living conditions etc but one huge disappointment is the school system I have 4 kids in different school years: To end on a good note: That provides good insight on the hiring and employment in even smaller cities. I am sure it can be rather difficult for foreigners to find work in such small, tight-knit populations. However, keep networking, keep trying and best of luck! I accidentally stumbled upon your blog after reading https: I too am a foreigner living and working in Trondheim but my experience from my mother country also confirms what you wrote in the soccer article.
I am from an English speaking African country. I think your article is spot on regarding work and settling in Trondheim. Only you can choose where you want to live and work. Moving to Norway is difficult and finding work can be difficult.
If you can get accepted to school here, it would be a great opportunity and should give you time to find a job. I am currently 16 years old and living in Belgium. To prepare myselve a bit i started to learn Noregian Norsk since 3 months.
I am currently taking school at a technichal school and nearing my degree as an electrician with a specialisation in Offshore and Land Windmill technology. Do you think i have a chance in finding work in the county where Trondheim is situated? Hey Elian, sorry for the late reply. The benefit on your behalf is that as a youth, you will have much more flexibility with where you live and how much money you need to get by.
You also benefit that as a EU citizen, immigration policy is much easier on you. We are skilled professionals, and our work experience was mainly in electronics and semiconductor manufacturing. In Trondheim, there is Nordic Semicon where we would like to apply for a Job. Moving here without a job lined up and without a place to stay would be very risky and difficult.
There may be some jobs within Nordic Semicon or one of the others… but I would highly suggest applying for the job and even flying here for the interview if needed before you move your whole family. Norway is very expensive and for many reasons difficult to find employment. So, my opinion on what you should do is stated above, but whatever you choose I wish you the best of luck. As much as I liked Norway as a tourist — I must say the prices here are ridiculous.
There is no reason to pay x more for the SAME product as in your country. The very same brand chocolate, or gum or soft-drink… 5 times really? With NOK 50k euro you will struggle to achieve the life you can have in many East European countries. If you have your own business or income — maybe that is different. But to live on salary — 50k euro in Norway is nothing. I agree it seems very pricey as a tourist.
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