Friday’s papers: Underemployment, English-language education and the sponsorship criterion

On Friday Helsingin Sanomat asks in itself a question that is dear to many readers of Yle News: why do so many highly educated foreigners in Finland not do work that matches their profession?

The magazine speaks to a Cameroonian graduate who finally found an engineering job that matched her degree after years of cleaning offices.

His classmates with lower grades got job offers before they even graduated, but for some reason he didn’t. He says his confidence was beaten.

Until he found Pointer Potential, a company that HS says is looking for highly skilled foreign jobs that match their skills.

There are about 3,000 people in their books, and they act as a kind of guarantor for hesitant Finnish companies wondering whether to fill this position or hire a foreigner. In the first year of their employment, they are practically an intermediary in Pointer Potential’s accounts rather than a rental company.

It is a necessary service, even for Finnish branches of international companies.

"The Finnish headquarters of many international companies are themselves very Finnish," said Johanna Korpia Pointer Potentialist. "In practice, during recruitment, a Finnish ” Antti ” or ” Leena ” gets a job for some reason before a foreign applicant, even though their qualifications are weaker on paper."

English high school?

Morning paper considers proposals for the introduction of a high school diploma in English, promoted by Tampere and five other cities.

According to the newspaper, the cities have started discussions with the Ministry of Education to take the proposal forward.

It is not a new idea: it has been proposed in the past, and officials have replied that there are already international high schools in Tampere and elsewhere where students complete an international matriculation examination.

But it is not the same as Finland’s own certificate, and cities want to change it. The capacity of IB high schools is limited and the Finnish population is becoming increasingly international.

This means that demand will explode and people who move here as teenagers will be at a huge disadvantage to their Finnish- and Swedish-speaking peers if they cannot take exams in their strongest academic language.

The last government also tried to change the law on this, but their attempts were rejected at the committee stage.

Aamulehti says that officials are not enthusiastic about the idea and claim that it may mean that people moving to Finland do not learn the right languages.

"You have to teach them Finnish or Swedish so that they can deal with everyday life," said Petri Lempinen from the Ministry.

AL also asked the children of Tampere High School what they thought of the idea and got a universal thumb.

Politicians may not agree, but if a decision is made, it will come in Lempinen’s budget negotiations next week.

Olympia dreams

The number one story on Ilta-Sanomat’s sports pages on Friday was women’s hockey goalkeeper Meeri Räisänen asks for financial support as he prepares for next year’s Chinese Olympics.

Räisänen has just won a bronze medal with his teammates at the World Championships, but now he has returned to a down-to-earth level. In the pit.

He tweeted a petition to sponsors who would help him cover the cost of his season on the JYP Academy boys ’team, where he plays his usual hockey.

The goal of playing with men under the age of 20 is to face tougher challenges every week, and Räisänen tells IS that most of his teammates do the same.

The season costs a total of about 5,000 euros, and Räisänen has no sponsor this year.

Source: The Nordic Page





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