Empower Wednesday for International Talents

The Empower Wednesday programme is designed for international talents in Turku. The aim is to support them in their integration process and to provide key information for helping them find their path to working life in Finland.  The programme is organised by International Working Women of Finland, an association that connects international talent from all walks of life. The group centers around member supporting each other in job-seeking and other aspects of working life in Finland and currently has over 6300 members.

Following the success of the first program in 2020 and the spring of this year, the organizers decided to combine their forces again for the Empower Wednesday Autumn 2021 programme!

All events will be held online and in English. 

We welcome all international talents wishing to know more about topics such as Finnish working culture, starting your own business and tips for job-seeking. We also offer networking, peer support and inspirational success stories.  

Events are free of charge, but registration for each individual event is required to get the link to the meeting. You can either attend all the sessions or pick and choose the ones you are most interested in. 


4 – 6pm
Networking in Finland

During our first meeting we will tell you more about this new Empower Wednesday program. New webinars, talent spouses’ track and much more.

Kamilla Sultanova will talk about the importance of networking and share few tips!

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4 – 6pm
CV Pictures in Turku

Max: 20 participants. Barbara Kaucher will take a professional picture for your CV and LinkedIn profile. Register to the event to secure your spot to know the location. If you cannot attend, please let us know 24 hours in advance.

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4 – 5.30 pm
Boost Your LinkedIn Presence

63.2% recruiters in Finland use
LinkedIn for recruitment.

91.7% recruiters stated that LinkedIn is a very effective channel for recruitment. How is your linkedIn?

Pipsa Aro will share tips how to make your profile visibile to recuiters and increase your professional visibility.

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4 – 5.30 pm
How to Adjust and Land a Job in Finland

How to adjust and land a job in Finland?

Steven ter Horst is Director at Pointer Potential, a recruitment company with the aim of leading international professionals based in Finland into the Finnish job market.

Many talented international professionals in Finland are without work or working with a task far below their capacity and potential, at the same time as many companies lack employees with the right competence.

At Pointer Potential they are working to change this and they will let us know how.

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4-6 pm
How to Open a Business in Finland

Do you have an idea and are you wondering if it could become a business?

During this session, Turku Science Park Ltd. Business Advisor Peter Lostedt will answer the most common questions asked by entrepreneurs at the beginning of their journey. These questions include topics such as finance, premises, taxation and permits.

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4 – 6 pm
International Partners’ Support: Common Challenges & Spouses Track Launch

Familia – founded in 1988 – is a national expert organisation of intercultural families. They support the wellbeing of intercultural families by offering peer support and volunteer activities, information, and advice.

During this session, they focus on the support of international partners. We will also launch the Empower Wednesday’s Talent Spouses’ track: a dedicated mentoring and coaching program for international talent’s spouses in the Turku area.

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4 – 6 pm
Mental Wellbeing During Remote Working and Job Searching

The basic task of MIELI is to promote mental health. MIELI defends everyone’s right to good mental health.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a great impact on the daily lives of workers and job seekers showing the need for mental health promotion and psychological crisis resilience.

During the webinar will talk about mental being in remote enviornment giving practical tips and recommendations.

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4 – 5 pm
Study and Stay in Turku Joint Event

Study and Stay in Turku 2021 is a career event for all international students in Turku. This year the event is organized with Empower Wednesday and you’ll hear inspiring stories from international alumni who have made their careers in Finland and learn how to stand out as a job seeker in the job market in Turku, Finland.

When? On Wednesday 10 November 2021 at 4.30 pm to 6 pm Finnish time
Where? Virtual event – link will be sent to registrants via email before the event
How much? Free of charge
How to join? Registration is open!

Join the conversation on social media: #StudyinTurku #TalentTurku

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4 – 6 pm
Roundtable with Companies

Details to come!

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4-5.30 pm
Different Opportunities to Enter the Job market

Are you currently unemployed and active job seekers? During this session, Veronika Redin from the unemployment office (TE-Office Turku) will tell us about different strategies and practical solutions to facilitate your entrance to the job market.

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The program is subject to change.

Updates of each session and registration link will be published on this page.
You can also follow the Facebook page fb.me/empowerwednesday for the updates.  

We look forward to meeting you on the program!

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