Recognition of competence for immigrants

As a professional your expertise and employment path are based on what kind of competence you have. You also need to be able to explain your competence to employers in a way that they understand how their business and operations will benefit from hiring you.

Recognition of competence - why is it important?

Knowing your strengths is a crucial skill in job search in Finland. Yet, for many it is difficult to identify competence and to put it into words.

You have plenty of invaluable competence built up through studies, work and other experiences and spheres of life. This competence needs to be shown to Finnish employers in the local terms. It is not only about what is said in the study and work certificates.

Showcasing your competence in a new country can be challenging, as professional qualifications, practices and expectations as well as interpretations of these can vary from one country and culture to another.

How can I recognise and self-evaluate my competence?

When you are searching for a job it is crucial to be able to explain what kinds of skills and competences you have. Personal SIMHE guidance will help you to map your competences.

You can start mapping your competences also on your own. At the same time it is important to identify the areas where you need to further develop yourself in order to reach your career goals.

Tips and tools for recognising your competence

How can I get my foreign qualifications and degree recognised?

Recognition of qualifications refers to a decision on the eligibility that foreign qualifications and degrees completed abroad provide when applying for a job or study place. In Finland, recognition decisions are made by competent authorities, educational establishments, higher education institutions and employers.

In Finland, your qualifications are primarily checked and recognised by The Finnish National Board of Education.

If your profession is not regulated, it is not mandatory to have the level of your degree recognised by a Finnish authority in order to work in Finland.

Regulated professions: official validation needed

In some professional fields you will need to have your right to practise the profession validated by a Finnish authority.

Check on the website of the Finnish National Board of Education which professions are regulated, meaning that they require the validation process.

Most common regulated professions:

Prior learning as part of a new degree in Finland

See more on the principles of recognising prior learning as part of the degree in the section How can I study for a degree in Finland?

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Services to immigrants

What kind of services and what opportunities do international professionals and future talents have with us? We help you find your study and career path in Finland.

Career Guidance for immigrants

A one-to-one discussion with a Career Coach helps you to map your competences and identify suitable study and career paths in Finland.

Guidance Generalia lectures

The Guidance Generalia are lectures and info sessions open to all immigrants. The topics are selected to help you navigate your study options and develop your career prospects in Finland.

Higher education preparatory programme for immigrants

Do you wish to study for a degree in Finnish in a university of applied sciences? Metropolia provides studies to prepare you for this. The courses are taught in Finnish.

Study opportunities and developing competence

Are you interested to study Finnish or to develop your field-specific competence? Metropolia offers you a wide range of options from individual courses to tailored programmes and full degrees.

Tips for information search

Useful tips and links for immigrants on career planning in Finland e.g. professional qualifications, studies, employment, entrepreneurship and learning Finnish.