Job Opportunity in Norway
■ Work visa
Students from EU-countries may apply for a residence permit after their arrival in Norway. But most foreign students from outside the Nordic countries must obtain a formal residence permit from the local Norwegian Embassy in their home country before their arrival in Norway. As a member of the EEA, Norway grants citizens of other EEA countries the right to look for work for a three-month period without obtaining a permit. Other foreigner must make an application for a work permit at the Norwegian embassy or consulate of their home country before entering Norway.
■ Employment upon graduation
Unless you have a permit to find a job within a certain period, you cannot stay after your graduation. The best is to try finding a job before graduating and then try to extend your visa to obtain a long-term work permit.
The majority of jobs require knowledge of the Norwegian language, and since you can study entirely in English at the university, you might not have had the opportunity to learn the language. However, there still are some available where English is the working language. You can search on the web, but don’t forget to look in the local newspapers or directly ask the company you’re interested in if they have a position for you.
■ Work environment
In Scandinavian countries in general, the ethic is based on equality and humility, according to the law of Jante, which promote the group above the individual. Be punctual, humble and effective in your work. For the dress code, it is better to dress with rather conventional clothing : men should wear business suits and women should choose skirt suits, trouser suits, or dresses. But you the best is still watch how everyone at the office is dressed and dress accordingly.
■ Outplacement rate
The actual unemployment rate in Norway is of 3,3%, and of 8% for young people.