It is common for both men and women to have
a job, also when they have small children. Youngsters often have
part-time jobs while attending secondary school.
The labour market in Norway
In recent years, there have been many vacancies on the Norwegian
labour market. Still, many have been unemployed. This is mainly
due to the fact that the applicants' backgrounds do not match the
education or skills the employer is looking for.
Many professions require a specific educational background; for
instance teaching, nursing, engineering. Lately, there has been
a shortage of nurses and assistant nurses in Norway.
There are also jobs for which you do not need special educational
skills. These jobs are called "ufaglærte jobber"
in Norwegian. Examples are kindergarden assistant, cleaner, shop
assistant, switchboard operator, kitchen assistant, and newspaper
deliverer. Some of these jobs you can learn more about in a course
or through trainee placement through the employment office/NAV.
It is important that you have documentation to prove your skills
and your previous work experience. Make sure that school certificates,
diplomas and references from previous employers are translated into
Norwegian. English documents need no translation.
You can read more about documentation and translation here
Last modified 27/12/2007