Working in Estonia

As an international students in Estonia you do not need an additional working permit to work while studying full time and you are allowed to work on the condition that it does not interfere with your studies. Students have to receive passing grades for a full load of courses and finish studies within the nominal time.

As an African stduent you can also stay to Estonia for additional 6 months after graduation (with the permission of your university) to look for a job in Estonia. Upon finding a job after graduation, you can use this time to apply for a temporary residence permit for work.

However finding job as an international student can be difficult due to some certain things, for example language barrier. Therefore, there are steps that you need to follow in other to be able to get a job that suit you or your career.

In Estonia, it is usual to send an e-mail a potential employer; phone calls may work but are not normally preferred. You should send a CV, and a motivational letter and expected wage is often requested. Be ready for an interview.

Steps that could help

1.  Identify your skill-set and areas of work where you are fit.
2.  Prepare your Resume/CV in line with the type of job you are willing to do.  Europass format is accepted everywhere in Europe
3.  Search for Jobs.

There are lots of ways to search for jobs in Estonia.

1. Ask from friends, colleagues and local students about the job they do and how they go about getting them.
2. Career and info desks at your university.
3. Job portal/ Job Advertisement websites
4. Facebook groups
5. Direct contact to the company Hr from thier websites or information flyers

Finding jobs via website

You also need to take some extra steps:
1. Create or upload your CV/resume on various job potals
2. Consistently check for jobs everyday and apply for once that suit you.
3. Write cover letter whenever you apply for a job
4. You can also make extra effort of contacting employers if you do not get response on time

Here are some list of websites where you can find jobs in Estonia

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