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Is it Possible to Get a Job in Turkey?

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Currently I live in Finland with my Turkish boyfriend, but nowadays we've been talking about moving to Turkey, because getting a job in Finland hasn't been easy at all for him. Our main plan is stay in Finland, but we don't want him to waste his education by working somewhere far away from his field and in Istanbul he would have better chances to get a good job and working experiences. I'm also about to graduate from university during this spring and I'm not into waste my studies either. My mission now is try find out what kind of chances I would have in Turkey. And who else would be better to review it than foreign people who live in Turkey?

I'm studying business information technology, specialising in media technics. I worked in Turkey for Finnish company for couple months in last autumn, but I don't speak Turkish and that might be a problem, right? I've been thinking to study Turkish couple months at first, would it make any difference, I don't know...

So what do you think, is it completely impossible idea that I would be able to work in Istanbul? What would be my possibilities?

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Fen if you are going to live in Istanbul you stand a better chance of get a job as there are a lot of large foreign companies located there and if it is very large your lack of Turkish may not be much of a problem and their ability to hire non Turks is easier.

Maybe you should do a bit of research and see if there are any Finnish companies in Istanbul.

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Thank you, Abi!

It's important to know that I would have possibilities to get a job, before we make plans of moving any further. It wouldn't change anything if we moved there and I would be without a job. It would be just same than now, just the other way round. So yes I must do research, but knowing that lack of Turkish isn't necessarily big problem, is relief.

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It may not be easy to get a job unless you can get one before you go with a Finnish company as there are strict restrictions on how many foreigners can work for a company in relation to the number of Turks. I'm not sure, and anyone, please correct me if I'm wrong, but I think for every foreigner there must be at least five Turks.

Also I think that your chances of getting employment would be a lot better if you can speak Turkish as you would need to communicate with your co-workers even if you didn't actually use it for the job you were doing.

You said you worked for a Finnish company here last autumn, was your lack of Turkish a problem then?

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Don't forget that you will have to get a work permit, the company you work for should get that for you.

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That's interesting rule about foreigners. I must make my boyfriend to search more information about it in Turkish. My lack of Turkish wasn't problem last year, because we were in Alanya where most of people speak English and technically I was working only with my Finnish colleagues.

I've been thinking that if just my boyfriend got well enough paid job, I could study Turkish a few first months and try my luck with a job then. Of course if I didn't get a job by time to getting there. It's just seems so uncertain option. Probably it would be easiest to just be full-time housewife, but I would get mad in a few weeks. I'm not that type of person who could stay home doing nothing else than houseworks. :D

On 08/04/2011 at 04:47, 'Cukurbagli said:

Don't forget that you will have to get a work permit, the company you work for should get that for you.

Yes, I'm aware that I need a work permit, but since I cannot get it before I get a job and getting it isn't up to me, I haven't worried about it yet. However I have tried to find information about resident permits, but all I have found is application forms in Chinese and Arabic. :D

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Can I ask if you intend to marry your boyfriend? Why I ask is because once you have been married 3 years you can apply for Turkish nationality and you don't have to be in Turkey to do so. Having nationality means that you can work in Turkey without having to get a work permit and without the restrictions on jobs that ban foreigners from most jobs.

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Yes we're intend to marry, but not yet. We're still quite young and in a way my boyfriend is quite old-fashioned - he doesn't want to get married until he's financially able to take care of family. Not that he should never do it alone, but it's part of his values. We also want to get married, because we want to get married, not because of resident permits or it would make things easier. Can be that we are just too proud and naive... :)

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  • 5 months later...

hi there, wonder if someone can help me. im looking for recruiter agencies in Istanbul as we are planning to go to back to turkey...i work in property business and would like to find a job there. i work in London now for a big developer company. i heared in turkey is a lot construction going on....any idea? i do not speak turkish yet, but started to learn. thanks.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Not been here on forums for ages again, but since I'm going to be Istanbul girl soon this forum came to mind again and things started to interest me again. When I started this topic, moving to Turkey was just an idea and last option which we thought we wouldn't need to go for, but now ideas have become plans and my boyfriend is already back there and I'm preparing myself for moving. Now it seems that probably getting a job is not that big problem, but getting a work permit is way more difficult. I don't think I can sort out things until I'm over there, but I can honestly say that I'm worried. Now the best option seems to be that I try to get into university to study Turkish therefore my financial support is guaranteed and new language skills would open new doors. I'll see, but if anyone has any tips for me, I'm listening :)

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It is hard if not impossible to get a job on Incirlik AB if you are not a Turkish or American citizen. You do not necessarily have to speak Turkish to get a job off-base but it would be hard to find and you would need a work permit. Although you could sign up and be a bagger at the Commissary possibly. I've heard that they make OK money on their tips.

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Welcome to our forum Heba, It is very difficult for foreigners to work in Turkey,

Only those foreign nationals who can prove they possess a specific skill not demonstrated by a member of the local Turkish population can qualify to receive a work permit. Furthermore, only a formal business entity formally registered in Turkey can submit a work permit application. The majority of foreigners work in education or tourism you would also be expected to speak Turkish.

There are world class interior designers in Turkey I think you would have difficulty in this field finding work in Turkey.

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  • 2 years later...

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