Professionals who have at least a bachelor’s degree and years of working experience and proven skills in the profession can be classified being specialists in their area. In case professional finds a work that corresponds his core skills and gets the employment contract with the Finnish company for that work, he/she can apply for specialist’s residence permit in Finland. The handling time of residence permit application is 2–3 months. The application can be presented to the Finnish Embassy in India or to the immigration service points in Finland.
For example, if professional has final, face to face interview in Finland, that results to a signed employment contract, professional can apply for a specialist residence permit and start working while waiting for the application being processed in case he/she has a valid visa. This period can be in a maximum of 3 months. A first residence permit can be even for 2 years and extension can be even longer.
In case employment contract has been terminated, professional will not be asked to leave immediately. He/she has time to search new employment at least until the actual specialist residence permit is valid. Finnish immigration office may call for a meeting to discuss the situation and actions that the professional has taken to find a new job. When professional finds a new employment in his/her specialized area, he can apply an extension of the specialist residence permit based on this new job.
In case professional is interested in the EU blue card, it is important to notice that employment contract requirements are different compared to the specialist-based residence permit. Anyway, it is possible to apply for EU blue card while staying in Finland with the specialist residence permit, in case the required conditions for EU blue card are fulfilled.
We at TT-Search Oy are helping true professionals to find such a work from Finland where they can be classified to be specialists based on their education and working experience. As well we will assist and support Finnish companies and immigrating professionals in all matters related the relocation, like to check that residence permit application is complete and has all required documents and annexes.
It is bit surprising for me that according the study developers in general feel happier in rather small companies.
The reason might be that in general start-ups are small and start ups work with the latest technologies. In large companies’ developers many times end up digging the bugs out from the old code base and even new releases are just extension of the old presented in the new package.
The key three main things influencing to work satisfaction among the developers:
- 68% of developers consider that the ability to learn new things is more important than salary when considering a new job opportunity;
- Machine learning is the number 1 skill that developers would like to acquire in 2018; and
- Developers who work in small companies are more professionally fulfilled than those working in large groups.
This quite nicely fits for the TT-Search O’s mission to help small and medium size Finnish software companies to find transnational developer talents. Again looks like we are dealing with the challenge that presents win-win situation for both parties.
Impact of technology in our daily life will increase with accelerating speed. Software developers are in good position for the coming future as it looks right now. Skills are global and do not have borders, in the sense that same skills are valid all around the globe. Developing the coding skills will open the borders, and it will make possible to settle up living on a location where you want to. Increased workload caused by every day increasing demand will keep developers so busy, that they are not having time to think and plan the own future. Anyway it would be so important to reserve time for thinking, and set the direction for your own career. Just as a thought, without destination there is never tail wind either.
The main career paths for developers are:
- The Coding Expert, professional who chooses to be specialist
- The Entrepreneur (coding)
- Managerial position
The principal career options in technical field are rather straight forward. Even so, it is not easy to decide what you want to do. Culture and social pressure in some countries can force to select an option, that may not be optimal, or is something you do not enjoy of doing. The existing culture in some work places may influence to the way you see the different career options. As per my experience from Finnish culture, the coding chameleon and Entrepreneur are very highly valuated career options in Finnish society. To make good decision related your career you have to have different experiences to form culturally unbiased view of things.
To be a coding expert you need to be ready to increase your skills in relevant technologies and maintain and adjust the skills portfolio according the market development. The same is valid as well for the Entrepreneur in coding. Anyway even with all this pressure to learn, it seems that the coding is rather satisfactory career choice according the stack overflow survey. https://insights.stackoverflow.com/survey/2018/
The managerial position will require to learn people skills as future organizations will be more like “Teal” organizations that are more and more self managed. The soft skills in future managerial jobs are more important more higher you are on a ladder. On top positions people skills are even more important than technical skills.
Interesting times ahead for all developers. It is important to know yourself, know what fits for you, and what kind of work will give you a satisfaction, and then, set the target.
All who lives in metropolis like São Paulo or Bangalore, feel everyday the energy loss and stress what the daily transportation is causing. For many who have not experienced this, it is even difficult to imagine. Drivers are like fighters, trying to take an advantage over each others to shorten the time it takes to to get work or back to home. Many professionals are spending 3–4 hours per day in traffic, just to transport themselves 20 km to work and back home. Even worse when there has happen accident or flooding somewhere nearby, time spent can easily double. For me it was weird to drive in Finland after I came back from São Paulo. Time to drive 30 km takes about 30 min and almost everyone is driving according the rules, doing their best to make traffic flow smoothly. Definitive one advantage of living in small country with good infrastructure (photo). Quality of life .. more time for family.