Looking for a job can be a long and stressful process, especially for foreigners in Norway.
Christopher Bach, NIN's September speaker, has been living and working in Norway for more than 10 years. Originally from Germany, he shares his thoughts and experience as a foreigner in Norway.
Based on your experience and observations, what is most challenging for foreigners during a job search in Norway?
I have experienced that Norway has its own, unique culture. That is also true for the job market. If you are from abroad and looking for a job in Norway, it is important that you know this culture. There are many do’s and don’ts. For example, when you apply for jobs in other European countries, it is a must to have professional looking photos of yourself in formal attire. In Norway, the working culture is much more informal. Applying with photos is not needed at all. Not knowing these “rules” and the culture can make your job search as a non-Norwegian very challenging.
How is the Norwegian job market different than others?
Compared to other countries, the Norwegian job market is rather small and concentrated. Most of the jobs can be found in the Oslo area. Therefore, during economic downturns, it can be very hard to find a job even if you have an exceptionally good education and track record.
Which industries in Norway are toughest/easiest for foreigners to find jobs in?
I think you can find a job in any industry as long as you fulfill the requirements.