It is often said that finding job in Oslo is not as easy as it used to be. However, for many foreigners finding job in Oslo is certainly easier than looking for it at home country.
If we compare the Oslo labour market to that of other European capitals such as Rome, Madrid, Paris, Athens, we cannot complain at all. But let’s say the truth, finding the first job in Oslo depends on both the skills one has, but also on your circle of acquaintanceship in the city. If you, like me, are not Norwegian, let’s see together some practical tips for finding a job in Oslo.
1. Know English
Let’s just say the truth, not everyone in the world speaks fluent English like Norwegians, Finnish or Dutch. If many of Italians, Frenchs, and Spaniards, are struggling to find work abroad and settle for their new life in Oslo, to blame is often an insufficient level of English and in some cases inexistent. Of course, it all depends on what kind of job you are looking for, but getting to Oslo prepared and with an English that is above the school level will allow you not only to socialize more quickly, to create your own network, and to settle yourself in a blink of an eye, but also, certainly, to find in a short time a job in Oslo that is perhaps not too prestigious, but that will allow you to deal more serenely with the present and plan a better future.
2. “Best-of-the-class” curriculum
If your English is fluent and you have a best-of-the-class curriculum in predominantly scientific areas such as engineering, medicine, chemistry, physics, economics, etc., try searching for the best and most exciting offers on NAV (English section), the workplace portal Norwegian. Send your prestigious curriculum in English, one page for every 10 years of working career, a couple of reference letters enclosed, and cross your fingers. The labour market in Oslo is certainly more flexible and less plastered than in other countries, there is still a great demand for professionalism and competence and above all, in the areas mentioned above, a good deal of meritocracy.
3. Through the Continuation of University Studies
In addition to the stimulating admission application for a PhD, which is very well paid here, if you have not completed your university studies but you are in possession of a Bachelor and a good knowledge of English certified by IELTS or TOEFL, you can request to subscribe to prestigious University of Oslo UIO, attending the Master Degree of your choice, almost free of charge, for less than 150 euros a year. If you have a good portfolio and have great managerial ambitions, the Business School diploma is the safest and fastest way to find a good job in a short time. Two paths that will not give you the job right away but that, even with sacrifices and after two years of swotting up on the books, will allow you to find a good job in Oslo even before you finish your study program and launch yourselves into a duly respectable work career.
4. Learn Norwegian
I personally decided to move to Oslo to realize my dream of winning my little slice of Scandinavian spiritual and economic well-being. To achieve this, however, it is fundamental to learn Norwegian. First, to feel fully part of the society and more specifically to be free to choose from the hundreds of job ads of all kinds that are on Nav.no, the workplace portal Norwegian and Finn.no, the most popular adverts portal in Norway. Searching for Norwegian language based job is certainly not a thing to be achieved in a short term by foreigners. But for those who have decided to plant roots in Oslo, it has to be a milestone and a strict ambition to achieve.
Yes, even in Oslo the capital of meritocracy, doors are often wide open and in any case without requirements (experience, skills, English, Norwegian) through the recommendation of who stays on the top level, of a friend or relative. It should be pointed out that this applies in particular to the sectors of services such as food and bevarage, catering, transport, and in those roles where higher education diplomas are not required and that the Norwegians usually snub. And who do you know?
6. Norwegian girlfriend or boyfriend
Norwegians, young and old, love to travel. If you happen to meet a Norwegian by your side, court it and tell her or him that you would be willing to leave the job (which!?) and your perfect country (where!?), but to follow her or him to Oslo. As long as she or he helps you to find a job in Oslo within a few days. Or better, before you leave!