International Working Women of Finland is a digital networking group that connects woman 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. In a very short period, it has exploded into a 4000-strong community with wide name-recognition among Finnish immigration services. How they are launching a new program for international talents called Empower Wednesday.
What is it?
The Empower Wednesday program 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.
During the meetings, all international talents wishing to know more about topics such as Finnish work culture, opening a business and tips for job searching are welcome. The program also offers networking events with Finnish companies and other international talents, peer support and inspirational success stories.
— This is the kind of project that I would have loved to find when I moved to Turku and I had no network and no idea how to start looking for jobs. So, I decided to create it myself. I was so positive surprised of how well different institutions like Turku Science Park, Tempo Project, Työpiste and the City of Turku itself were so open to collaborate and support me since day one. The future of Finland is based on the integration of foreign talents and we should look to who is already in the country and find best ways to employ them. Supporting talents’ integration means support Turku’s competitiveness in the long run, Lucia Vuillermin, one of the key players in IWWoF, says.
Timetable and Practicalities
The Empower Wednesdays ran for the first time during the autumn of 2020. It was a roaring success, so the team did it again in the spring of 2021, with events ranging from company roundtables to info sessions on how to find hidden job openings. A third round is on the way, so keep an eye on the Events page!
The Empower Wednesdays 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.
The partner organizations of Empower Wednesday are:
- International Working Women of Finland Ry (https://iwwof.com)
- Turku Science Park/Talent Hub project (https://careerinsouthwestfinland.fi/)
- Humak University of Applied Sciences (https://www.humak.fi/en/)
- Federation of Finnish Enterprises (https://www.yrittajat.fi/en)
- Tempo Project * (http://tempo.humak.fi/)
- City of Turku/ Työpiste (https://www.turku.fi/en/tyopiste-employment-services)
*The project is partly funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).