As a foreigner with a Finnish spouse, living in Finland, looking for a job and integrating, we would like to remind you to focus on your unique richness: you!
We have very often supported and worked with participants who were focused on the threats and challenges that they were facing or about to face on the Finnish job market. When analyzing your environment is a smart strategy, solely focusing on the threats isn’t. At Partner’s Path, we have found out that the one factor that makes a difference in a CV, a cover letter, an interview or a networking event, is personal story. Who are you? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What is your unique story? Based on who you uniquely are, what are the opportunities on the Finnish job market? Remember that your mother tongues, your backgrounds of origin, your story in Finland, all of that is a formidable open door on who you are and how you could benefit a company and society. Don’t hesitate to explore your own story and dig out for storylines. We have often seen in our groups how difficult it can be for our participants to find interesting events, skills or abilities from their own lives. Peer-support group and mentorship are very efficient ways to realize how individual stories matter in employment and integration. Hearing other people’s stories is a powerful way to be reminded how the individual unique choices and path can weight in. We often feel powerless, following a chain of events that are decided for us, or trying to catch opportunities passing by instead of creating some. Remember how you have been shaping your path, the challenges you’ve overcame, the choices you’ve made. Do not forget that you have the resources in you to keep building up your path.