Finnish student, Henna Jalkanen, had been searching for a job in Helsinki when she came across the EURES portal and saw a job advert for catering staff at the Stubaier glacier ski resort in Austria. She immediately got in contact with her local EURES Adviser in Finland.
“It was the last day for applications so I called to ask if I still had time to apply,” says Henna. “I made an appointment with local EURES Adviser, Mari Turunen, who helped me to complete my cover letter and provided me with a whole host of information about living and working in Austria,” she explains.
After a German language test, her details were forwarded to the resort for their consideration. “A few days later, when I heard that I had been selected I danced around the house, I was that excited,” Henna enthuses.
“The EURES Adviser even put me in touch with another girl from Finland who would also be working at the same resort so that we could travel together to Austria. The help I received from EURES has been great. You have to know so many things before you go abroad. Without this help it would have been much more difficult,” says Henna.
Language was no barrier
“At first the dialect here in the region took some time to get used to, but I’d learnt German at school so it wasn’t too difficult. I’d also already been on an exchange to Austria, which is when I fell in love with the country. I can’t help coming back to the country time and time again,” she asserts.
But the experience is not just about improving language skills or spending time in Austria. “I want to study tourism so this is a great opportunity to find out for myself what it’s like to work in the industry,” she explains.
“My advice to someone thinking about making a move abroad would be: ‘if you have the chance, just go for it!’” she concludes.