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24 July 2019

6 tips for studying abroad in Europe

(From ec.europa.eu ) Organise your course selection in advance If possible, you should organise the specifics of your course and credits before travelling to your chosen university or college. If you’re going on an exchange, the administrative processes may be different to those of your home institution, so it may take some time to understand how things work. Having a plan in place before you arrive means you can avoid unnecessary stress in the already demanding first days of your study abroad programme. Ask questions A great way to prepare yourself for your study abroad is to ask people who...
16 July 2019

6 steps to starting a professional career abroad: Part 3

(From ec.europa.eu ) Step #5: Moving abroad Moving abroad is a big step, but with a bit of planning you can smooth the transition and make the process less intimidating. What should I think about before moving? Work contract: You should receive a copy of your employment contract and confirmation of your salary before you leave. Important documentation: Make copies of your important documents (e.g. passport, insurance papers, birth certificate) so that you can take them with you when you move. Language courses: If you’re not already fluent, then consider taking a course in your host country’s...
16 July 2019

6 steps to starting a professional career abroad: Part 3

(From ec.europa.eu ) Step #5: Moving abroad Moving abroad is a big step, but with a bit of planning you can smooth the transition and make the process less intimidating. What should I think about before moving? Work contract: You should receive a copy of your employment contract and confirmation of your salary before you leave. Important documentation: Make copies of your important documents (e.g. passport, insurance papers, birth certificate) so that you can take them with you when you move. Language courses: If you’re not already fluent, then consider taking a course in your host country’s...
10 July 2019

6 steps to starting a professional career abroad: Part 2

(From ec.europa.eu ) The second part of our three-part series explores what to look out for when applying for a job abroad, and offers some guidance on interview preparation. Step #3: Applying for a job abroad Once you’ve made the decision to work abroad, it’s time to find some opportunities to apply for! How and where do I apply? Set up a search: search engine allows you to search for opportunities by keywords and set criteria. You can then compare your profile with the results to see how well you match what the employer is looking for. . Once you’ve found a job you like, you can apply...
02 July 2019

6 steps to starting a professional career abroad: Part 1

(From ec.europa.eu ) Step #1: Finding information on jobs abroad There are lots of job portals, websites and employment services out there, so it’s likely that t European employers use different ones. While you can visit individual sites, there are also a number of European-level organisations and websites to give you a helping hand. Public employment services and EURES: It’s likely that there’s a local or regional employment office in your area. They’re a great source of advice and there may also be a EURES Staff member based there who can provide personalised one-to-one assistance. . EURES...
26 June 2019

Going Dutch: tips for working in the Netherlands

(From ec.europa.eu ) Unemployment is falling in the Netherlands as the economy recovers, and while the number of government jobs is set to fall due to cuts, employment in the private sector is rising. While there is little demand for low-skilled workers, there is a shortage of applicants for medium-skilled jobs and therefore a good chance of finding work in a number of technical occupations. These roles include CNC machine operators, specialist welders and industrial pipe fitters, while design engineers, technically qualified project managers and R&D specialists are also in demand. There...
18 June 2019

5 tips for when you’re starting your career

(From ec.europa.eu ) First impressions count When starting a new job, it’s worth taking the time to get to know the people you’ll be working with from day one. Learning names, faces, skills, experience and interests quickly will help you to develop good working relationships and make collaborative work much easier in the future. Don’t be afraid to ask for help We’re often too stubborn to admit when we need a little help, out of fear of looking weak or a bit silly. But remember, everyone has to start somewhere, and asking for help from your colleagues is an essential part of the learning...
20 May 2019

The benefits of volunteering

(From ec.europa.eu ) The benefits of volunteering Volunteering abroad might sound intimidating to some, but it can be a truly rewarding experience that opens up new possibilities. Here are our top five reasons why we think you should try it! Make a difference Volunteering overseas can be a great way of making a positive impact while supporting a cause that’s important to you. If you’re passionate about nature, you could volunteer by cleaning up beaches or national parks. If you love animals, you might like to volunteer at an animal conservation centre. Or, if you enjoy working with children,...
13 May 2019

#EUmovers social media contest winners announced

(From ec.europa.eu ) 2018 marked the 60th anniversary of EU rules on the coordination of social security systems and the 50th anniversary of the founding regulations on freedom of movement for workers. To celebrate these two milestones, the European Commission encouraged citizens who have benefited from these rights to share their stories on social media via the #EUmovers campaign. Here are the five winners and their posts: Juho-Pekka Palomaa (Finland) A year ago, this time I was facing a life change that I wasn’t quite sure about what to expect. I had been unemployed for six months after my...
08 May 2019

Let’s work in Germany

(From ec.europa.eu ) The EURES portal contains lots of information about living and working in the EU, with country-by-country facts and figures just a click away. EURES wants to be your first point of contact for support in finding a job in another EU country, and can direct you to the most appropriate sources of help. A good information source beside the EURES website for jobseekers who want to find work in Germany is www.make-it-in-germany.com , the German federal government’s website for foreign qualified professionals. It has versions in English, French and Spanish, with limited...

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