(Almost) Everything You Need to Read Before Moving to Estonia
On February 24th, the country of Estonia celebrated its 101st birthday. Never ones to let a party die down, we at Jobbatical are only just getting started with the festivities. Yes, it’s Estonia Week: a whole week that is all about—wait for it—moving to Estonia!
We’ll be shining a spotlight on everything we love about living and working in Jobbatical’s home country.
The highlight of the week is our long-awaited March 6th webinar. Click right here to sign up if you haven’t had a chance yet. It’s going to be a true treasure trove of information for all your tech-job-seeking needs. Most excitingly, we’ll take an in-depth look at the life-changing Career Hunt campaign that’s making waves around the world.
In addition to the webinar, we’ve gathered the finest guides and testimonials to prepare you for moving to Estonia:
The official “Relocate to Estonia” e-book
Last year, Work in Estonia—the people behind Career Hunt—invited us to help them put together the ultimate relocation guide to Estonia.
So we did! The result: A go-to guide for the ages. This e-book is a friendly introduction to expat life in Estonia, and a must if you’re planning to move. It covers:
– taxes and social benefits
– everyday life
The entire guide is available for free here.
Testimonials from people moving to Estonia
Over the years, we’ve been collecting the stories of intrepid travelers from all over the globe. Many of them have chosen Estonia as their career destination. Here they are in all their glory, roughly divided by their continents of origin.
Moving from America
- How a Yooper* Is Building a Borderless Society in Estonia With e-Residency: Having worked for political organizations and campaigns in the U.S., the idea of working abroad had appealed to Alex for a while. When he spotted e-Residency’s marketing job on Jobbatical, it seemed almost too good to be true.
- On Moving From Brazil to Estonia (By Way of Australia): From the urban sprawl of Belo Horizonte, Diogo moved to Tallinn to join Pipedrive. Halfway across the world, he had to adjust to a very different speed of life.
- From Minnesota to Estonia: Hacking into the Heart of the Baltics: “It’s the exciting kind of change you know will really positively affect you as you grind it out and get better at your job every day.” That’s how Björn, one of our early success stories, felt about moving to Estonia.
- How an Argentinian Entrepreneur Found a Home Halfway Across the World: Meet Carlos, the first person to land a job through Jobbatical. Estonia was the last stop in his long period of traveling. And also where he met his girlfriend.
- From Latvia to California to Estonia — a Jobbatical Story for the Ages: Alina was born in Latvia, spent most of her life in California, and took a jobbatical in Estonia. “Every jobbaticler’s story is super special,” she says. “But I do believe mine takes the cake!”
Moving from Africa
- Why a South African Tech Giant Decided to Move to Estonia to Pursue His Dreams: Rüdiger decided to move away from South Africa at the end of January. He found a job in a matter of weeks, started the paperwork in February and arrived in Estonia mid-March 2017.
- How to Move to Another Country & Adjust to a Strange Culture: Born and raised in Nigeria, Usoamaka was looking for a way to combine career growth with a change of environment. So she moved to Estonia and got more than she bargained for.
- Welcome to Our Software Engineer From Egypt: Before joining Jobbatical, Ahmed was a software developer for the New Library of Alexandria. “I wanted to do something with my life other than studying, working and getting married. I wanted to experience something new.”
Moving from Asia
- From IT to Art: How a Job Abroad Led to a Career Change: Jinesh from Mumbai landed a jobbatical at an Estonian tech startup and excelled at it. But then he did a 180 and left his lucrative career in IT to pursue a fulfilling career in art.
- Between Berlin and Tallinn: When Working Abroad Becomes a Lifestyle: Minez from the Philippines landed her first foreign employment offer from an Estonian startup and moved to fairytale-like Tallinn. And that was just the beginning of her story.
- From Hong Kong To Estonia: Kwun-Lok Ng, an established entrepreneur, moved from Hong Kong to join Jobbatical and later went on to work on his own startup. This is the story of how Estonia won him over.
- Singaporean Digital Nomad’s Tips on How to Land a Job Abroad: Nikki was already set on the digital nomad lifestyle when she applied for marketing jobs on Jobbatical. After a while, she ended up doing marketing for Estonia’s flagship tech conference.
Moving from Europe
- How Robotics Brought a Ukrainian Engineer to Estonia: Sergey, a computer vision engineer from Kyiv, had always dreamed of working with robots. In 2016, he moved to Tallinn to work at Starship Technologies, a trailblazing robotics company.
- From Kiev to the Kitchen, With Love for UX: Ukrainian UX designer Kirill is the perfect representative of the modern workforce—he chooses where in the world he wants to live and work. He got tired of being a one-man-show consultant, so he snagged himself a jobbatical in Estonia.
- A Brit Moves to Estonia to Help Build a New Digital Nation: “We’re all passionate about building a borderless digital nation where no one is held back from their entrepreneurial potential just because of where they live,” says Adam who worked in South Africa and the UK before joining the Estonian e-Residency team.
- From Palais de l’Élysée to e-Estonia: Having worked with the president of France, one of Europe’s superpowers, Estonian e-Residency with its global digital nation-building agenda was a worthy challenge for Arnaud.
“That’s it—we’re moving to Estonia”
—said everyone ever. If you’re ready to make the move, check out and apply for the best tech jobs in Estonia over at Career Hunt. After the first round of interviews, Work in Estonia will fly 25 people to Tallinn. Over five days, you’ll meet the employers and get an amazing tech tour of the city. All expenses paid. Major life-changing potential.
We’ll see you there. And then we’ll see you in Estonia.