Not ready to leave this beautiful country after the semester you just spent studying here? Or are you back in your home country finishing your degree, longing to return to the happy country in the north?
Besides doing a master’s or applying for a PhD, landing a full-time job in Norway is your single most direct path to picking up where you left off. The best part is that with a Norwegian income, you’ll be able to enjoy Oslo or any other part of the country in a whole new way.
The path to full-time employment in Norway may not be straightforward. Most likely, a job isn’t going to fall into your lap—you’re going to have to work for it. Here are four things you can start doing now to increase your odds of landing a job in Norway and writing the next chapter in your Norwegian adventure.
Work on your Norwegian
You’ve gotten by just fine as a student in Oslo without learning much Norwegian. Is it really going to be that hard to find a job you can do in English?
The answer to this question depends on the field you are hoping to work in and the kind of position you are applying for. Jobs in the public sector at both the junior and senior levels almost always require working knowledge of written and spoken Norwegian.
Companies in the private sector and non-governmental organisations may be more flexible, and some even have English as their working language. But no matter what field you are hoping to enter, even a basic command of Norwegian will only work to your advantage.
Norwegians know that their language is spoken by relatively few people and is difficult for many foreigners to learn. By making an attempt to speak and write Norwegian, you will show prospective employers that you are curious, capable of learning new things and that you respect the society you are choosing to make your home (at least for a while). It just so happens that employers value these same qualities when hiring new colleagues, no matter where in the world they come from.
So dedicate some time to improving your Norwegian as you begin your job hunt. Take a web-based course. Watch Norwegian TV with subtitles. Do an informal language exchange with someone whose Norwegian is better than yours in exchange for conversation practice in your native language. Every little bit counts!