Pre­pa­ring for Life and Work in Oulu – Webi­nar Recap

Max Raymond and Adrian Canales

We recent­ly hos­ted an insight­ful webi­nar “Pre­pa­ring for Life and Work in Fin­land” aimed to pro­vi­de infor­ma­tion to pros­pec­ti­ve resi­dents about life and career oppor­tu­ni­ties in Oulu. The ses­sion cove­red an array of aspects, from the local lifes­ty­le to the ICT job mar­ket, and high­ligh­ted the ser­vices we pro­vi­de at IH Oulu.

If you don’t see the video abo­ve, click here.

Living in Oulu: A Per­fect Balance

The webi­nar kic­ked off with the unique lifes­ty­le in Oulu. Known for its welco­ming com­mu­ni­ty and beau­ti­ful natu­re, Oulu offers a high qua­li­ty of life. Par­tici­pants lear­ned about how they can expe­rience true four sea­sons that bring a varie­ty of acti­vi­ties, from sum­mer and win­ter sports, cul­tu­ral events, and year-round fes­ti­vals.

Oulu’s ICT Job Mar­ket

One of the key focuses of the webi­nar was the ICT job mar­ket in Oulu. The city is home to over 1 000 tech com­pa­nies and 25 00 tech pro­fes­sio­nals, with around 1,000 new talents joi­ning annual­ly. Major glo­bal com­pa­nies such as Nokia, Oura, Polar, and Hal­tian have sig­ni­ficant ope­ra­tions, cont­ri­bu­ting to Oulu’s repu­ta­tion as a tech inno­va­tion hub.

The ICT sec­tor in Oulu focuses on various areas of tech­no­lo­gy, inclu­ding:

This diver­si­ty pro­vi­des pro­fes­sio­nals with various tech­no­lo­gical backgrounds rewar­ding oppor­tu­ni­ties. At the moment the ICT sec­tor is in demand for hardwa­re (HW) engi­neers with exper­ti­se in mic­roe­lect­ro­nics, semicon­duc­tors, arc­hi­tects for SoC (Sys­tem on Chip) and RF applica­tion specia­lists for inno­va­ti­ve wire­less tech­no­lo­gies.

When it comes to softwa­re (SW) engi­neers, the demand is for engi­neers with a background in embed­ded sys­tems for IoT solu­tions, deve­lo­pers for B2B & B2C web and mobi­le pro­ducts, and specia­lists in cloud, AI and ML, and cyber­secu­ri­ty.

Rea­sons to Live in Oulu

Throug­hout the webi­nar, the­re were rea­sons why Oulu is a won­der­ful city to live and work:

  1. High Qua­li­ty of Life: Oulu offers a blend of urban ame­ni­ties and natu­ral beau­ty, pro­vi­ding resi­dents with an excep­tio­nal living expe­rience.
  2. ICT Job Mar­ket: The ICT job mar­ket pro­vi­des oppor­tu­ni­ties to many tech experts annual­ly.
  3. Welco­ming Com­mu­ni­ty: The city’s inclusi­ve and sup­por­ti­ve atmosp­he­re makes it easy for newco­mers to feel at home.
  4. Work-Life Balance: Oulu’s work envi­ron­ment is cha­rac­te­rized with flexi­bi­li­ty, trust and balanced orga­niza­tio­nal struc­tu­re, pro­mo­ting a healt­hy work life balance.
  5. Educa­tio­nal Excel­lence: Top-tier educa­tio­nal ins­ti­tu­tions like the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oulu pro­duce a cons­tant flow of new talent and oppor­tu­ni­ties.

Sup­port Ser­vices by Inter­na­tio­nal House Oulu

Inter­na­tio­nal House Oulu pro­vi­des exten­si­ve sup­port to help newco­mers inte­gra­te into the local com­mu­ni­ty and job mar­ket. For example, networ­king events that offer oppor­tu­ni­ties to con­nect with locals and other inter­na­tio­nal people to expand their network. Works­hops that focus on various topics like best job-hun­ting prac­tices, Lin­ke­dIn pro­fi­le buil­ding, and opti­mizing your CV are a few examples.

Social acti­vi­ties, we have a month­ly board game night that gat­hers locals and inter­na­tio­nal people to build social con­nec­tions. Last but not least our ser­vice point which is open Mon–Fri 9 AM to 3 PM, which offers assis­tance with various needs and situa­tions.

For furt­her inqui­res, you can con­tact IHOu­lu at ihoulu@ouka.fi or explo­re more about living and wor­king in Oulu at oulu.com/talent.

Main pho­to: Max Ray­mond and Adrian Cana­les – the Webi­nar Hosts.