It is possible yet challenging to find a part time job while being an international student in Oslo. It is important to have realistic expectations and understand the importance of thorough preparation to increase your chances in the local job market.
Is it possible to find a part time job in Norway?
If you´re here for several years it seems to be easier to find a job compared with "visitors" staying just a few months. Norwegian language or another Scandinavian language is often a prerequisite for obtaining a job in Norway. However, some positions – e.g in the hotel and restaurant industry, accept English as language skills. Keep in mind that also basic language skills will improve your options. We recommend you to sign up for a language course - check info on @bi.no.
Be creative and think carefully about what you can offer a potential employer. Maybe you can contribute also with your cultural and language knowledge within an internationally focused company? Potentially your Embassy and/or Business Chamber can be a valuable source of information.
Where can I find a part job?
Many part-time positions will be advertised in various web-based portals.
- FINN.no: The most important vacancy portal in Norway.
- BI Career Portal: A mix of part-time and full-time positions, exclusively for BI-students. You find it through @bi.
- NAV.no: The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration have a large vacancy portal.
- Recruitment agencies and other employers often uses their own websites, Facebook and LinkedIn to inform about open positions.
It is no secret that network can be helpful when finding vacancies. We encourage you to attend various mingling events and get to know both international and Norwegian students, faculty and guests from business society. Join the student union at www.sbio.no
How to apply for a job in Norway?
When applying for a job in Norway you normally include both focused CV and cover letter. Our job search guide in Norwegian or English will provide more information about the job search process.
If you would like to send open job applications, you should know this is quite common also in Norway. We recommend you to prepare yourself so you can approach specific employers. -Know something about what they do, whom you should talk to, and prepare to present more about your potential contribution.
Previous working experience (full-time, part-time or voluntary), education, positions of responsibility, previous achievements and personal skills are all important. Our experience tells us that also so-called "non-relevant" experience can be more valuable when applying for jobs in Norway. "Highlight your skills" and focus on your potential contribution when communicating with potential employers.
How can BI Careers Service help?
- Web – @BI: Use @BI to find more information about job hunting and career. You also will find our Career Portal here.
- Web – BI Career Portal: Use our Career Portal to find positions and up-coming events.
- Events and courses: We arrange one job-search seminar in English – "All about job hunting"; you sign up in the BI Career Portal. In addition, every semester, we arrange several events and activities.
- Counseling: We offer counseling Monday to Friday at 12.00- 14.00. You will find us at the Student Service Center i U1, where you can book time for counseling. If you would like feedback on your CV/application, please bring a printed copy.
Formalities – tax and work permit.
Be prepared before communicating with potential employers, read up on tax, work permit and make sure you have a Norwegian bank account. Read more in the attachement.
Working in Norway 2015 NHR og TH.pdf
Here are some key points:
You need a tax
deduction card to work in Norway – and you need a job contract to get a tax
deduction card. Request a tax deduction card from the Tax Office (Skatt Øst) by
bringing your Residence Card/Registration Certificate and your job contract to
their office. Your employer will expect you to have a Norwegian bank account. Use the website "Work in Norway" from NAV to find updated information.