Opportunities for Work

The majority of graduate jobs are likely to be found in Riga, the capital. Employers are looking for workers with flexibility and wide-ranging skill sets so make sure you demonstrate this in your application. International students can work 20 hours per week on part time basis.

Major industries : processed foods, wood products, textiles, processed metals, transit, synthetic fibers, electronics.

Recent growth areas : there is a growing demand in the construction, sales and processing sectors and in medium-skilled occupations.

Industries in decline : there has been a decline in employment in the public services sector and this is forecast to continue.

Shortage occupations : jobs may be found in the following sectors: processing industry; wholesale and retail trade; transport and warehousing; professional, scientific, information and communication services; accommodation and catering.

Major companies : Grindex Pharmaceuticals (pharmaceuticals), Phillip Morris International (tobacco company), KPMG (professional services), Latvenergo (utilities), Lattelecom (IT and telecommunications), Tele2 (telecommunications), AirBaltic (national airline).

Work placements and internships

Universities in Latvia do provide internships for many courses. Course-related placements may be available for undergraduates of science, engineering, technology and applied arts courses with IAESTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience). Placements tend to start in the summer and last from four weeks up to one year. Professional internships in management, technology, education and development are available from 6 weeks to 18 months through AIESEC (Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales).

You can search for various placements in Latvia on Europlacement. Many international companies may also offer internships and it's worth looking at their individual websites.

After Graduation

Students who graduate from Latvian Universities could get a working permit and work in many corporate companies such as banks, hotels, department stores, etc. if they have finished at least their undergraduate studies. Graduates need to have an offer from an employer before they can apply for a permanent work and residence permit. In most cases, the employer applies on the worker’s behalf to get the necessary permits from the government before the worker starts to actually work in that employer’s company. Some universities have special units that help graduates find suitable jobs to stay and work in Latvia, however this is not guaranteed.