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Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems, Recognizing the power of spouses!



The Hidden Gems project aims to facilitate the employment and full integration of the spouses into the Finnish society. Hidden Gems promotes the growth and internationalization by enabling local companies to tap into the “hidden” expertise of international spouses. We can no longer ignore the potential of the expatriates’ spouses. Watch Hidden Gems in a nutshell on youtube.


In today’s competitive world companies need to seek for talents from abroad to answer the increasing foreign operations and innovation shortage.  Up to 80 percent of international talents relocate with their families. When relocating, spouses are often falling off the radar of organizational support, while they need the most career care. Despite their qualifications, spouses may have to stay home for years before finding employment.  

Research tells us that the number one reason for international assignment failure is due to the unhappiness of a spouse.  In order to attract and retain highly skilled talents we must tackle this issue.


Become the actor of your own success in Finland!

Tampere universities wish to equip the spouses to become the actors of their own success in Finland by providing several activities related to networking, mentoring and professional development.

The Hidden Gems team ensure that the spouses are able to build a social network, improve language skills and establish a social identity in Finland as a key for talent attraction and retention within Tampere region.

Discover the unique Hidden Gems program 


  • Company challenge
  • Active participation in National and International conferences
  • Access to existing communities
  • Social activities
  • Sport courses at Unipoli Sport 


  • Broad information on relocation (Housing, schooling, taxation, insurance etc.)
  • Peer mentoring program powered by Talent Tampere
  • Feedback on CV
  • Job interview coaching
  • LinkedIn
  • Self-empowerment 

Professional development

  • Trainings on 8 themes related to the Finnish working culture and cultural customs
  • Finnish language course
  • Elevator pitching
  • Lean thinking approach
  • Value creation
  • Prototyping



Hidden Gems is a two years project launched in March 2018. The next pilot group starts on the 7th of January 2019.


If your partner,  wife or husband is a researcher in one of the three Tampere universities you are eligible to participate in one of the pilot groups.


Have you followed your beloved one to Finland? Join the Spousal community and get networking, mentoring and professional support in your integration into the Finnish community.


 2. Send your most updated English resume to Karelle Bélanger!


Take part in the Gems harvest challenge

If you wish to benefit from the know-how of over 40 highly skilled talents visit bit.ly/hidden-gems-challenge to know more about our unique company challenges.  


For more information


Marika Peltoniemi                       Karelle Bélanger                     Nuppu Suvanto

Project Manager                         Project Coordinator                  Project Specialist

marika.peltoniemi@tut.fi           karelle.belanger@tut.fi              nuppu.suvanto@uta.fi

+ 358 50 447 9165                     +358 50 447 8423                 + 358 50 318 7204


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Hidden Gems project is an initiative of Tampere3 taking part in the Talent Boost agenda of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and funded by the European Union social fund. The program is run in English.



Updated by: Karelle Belanger, 05.11.2018 9:02.
Content owner: Belanger Karelle
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