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Job Opportunity in Turkey

■ Work visa

International students are not allowed to work in Turkey.

■ Employment upon graduation

There are not many opportunities to find a job in Turkey for foreign students, especially if you don’t speak Turkish. In this case, you can always find a job at the embassy or as a teacher in universities and schools. You will not be able to extend your studying visa in the country if you don’t have a concrete job offer, so the best might be to start looking for a job while you’re still studying. If you find an employment after graduation, you can apply for a work visa. You’ll need official contract papers from the company.

■ Work environment

When meeting for the first time, it is better to exchange friendly words rather than to go straight into business, because Turkish people will be more inclined to talk with you if they feel they know you a bit on a personal basis. They don’t positively respond to pressure or ultimatums so you will have to be patient. What’s more, they attached a great importance to oral and visual communication. It is not rare to continue business over lunch or dinner. Usually, your host will invite you; you can try to decline but in the end, you should accept because it is considered impolite to refuse.
As for the dress code, as in most European countries, conservative clothing is usually the norm. In summer, you may wear lighter clothes, but if you are a woman, make sure they are not to revealing the skin.

Note that corruption and bribery are still big issues in Turkey, despite the Government’s measures to restrain them.

■ Outplacement rate

The unemployment rate is of 9%, and of 17,1% for young people.

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