Employment

21 January 2019

Skills for Jobs: How to get the most out of the OECD’s database

(From ec.europa.eu ) The world of work is changing amid technological developments and globalisation. For employees and employers, it’s important to know which skills are in demand – and in excess – in certain countries and occupations. This is where the Skills for Jobs database comes in. What is the Skills for Jobs database? Launched in 2017 by the OECD, Skills for Jobs provides information on skills shortages and surpluses in 40 countries, as well as occupational imbalances. It looks at cognitive, social and physical skills, and can help you understand which skills are hard to find and...
07 January 2019

Four common workplace personalities and how to work effectively with them

(From ec.europa.eu ) Everyone is different. We all have our own thoughts, experiences, beliefs and cultures. While this variety definitely makes life more interesting and exciting, it can be a bit of a stumbling block within the workplace when these differences collide. Learning how to work effectively with your colleagues and how to balance their personalities with yours is an important part of working life. The Leader Who are they? Leaders are usually very ambitious, driven and confident individuals. They’re the type of people that take control of a situation, make clear decisions and you’...
04 December 2018

EURES podcast 1: French jobseeker finds work in Slovenia's tourism industry thanks to EURES event

(From ec.europa.eu ) The Seize the Summer with EURES 2018 Online Event gathered tourism and food industry employers from Croatia, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Malta and Cyprus. Jobseekers participated from all EU and European Economic Area countries. Nastja is a EURES Adviser in Slovenia who helped coordinate the event. It was thanks to her that Clément, a jobseeker from France who attended the event, found a job at a hotel in Slovenia. Listen to Nastja, Clément and Teja representing LifeClass Hotels & Spa, an employer participating in the event, discuss their...
04 December 2018

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange

Identifier: H2020-MSCA-RISE-2019Pillar: Excellent ScienceOpening Date: Deadline: Tue, 2 Apr 2019 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)Modification Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2018Latest information: The submission session is now available for: MSCA-RISE-2019(MSCA-RISE)
29 November 2018

Vocational education and training: Is there a career for me?

(From ec.europa.eu ) When you hear the phrase VET, you may well think of a select few “traditional” vocations. Construction workers, electricians, mechanics, plumbers and painters and decorators are all examples of jobs commonly associated with VET, and these careers – while great options – are not suited to everyone. The truth is, VET is a much broader concept, with a wide range of potential careers. In this article, we discuss some of the careers that you could pursue through VET. Traditional VET careers Vocational careers date right back to ancient times, when early farmers, cooks,...
13 November 2018

French jobseeker finds work in Slovenia's tourism industry thanks to EURES event

(From ec.europa.eu ) The Seize the Summer with EURES 2018 Online Event gathered tourism and food industry employers from Croatia, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Malta and Cyprus. Jobseekers participated from all EU and European Economic Area countries. Nastja is a EURES Adviser in Slovenia who helped coordinate the event. It was thanks to her that Clément, a jobseeker from France who attended the event, found a job at a hotel in Slovenia. Listen to Nastja, Clément and Teja representing LifeClass Hotels & Spa discuss their experience.
08 June 2018

MobiliseSME: cross-border exchange platform benefits hundreds of small businesses and their employees

(From ec.europa.eu ) One project that has supported such cross-border exchanges is the EU-funded MobiliseSME project, a sort of “matchmaking platform” for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The premise of the project is simple: employees of SMEs take part in exchange placements to SMEs in other EU Member States. The aim is to expand their professional skill set, gain international experience and exchange best practices. Employers, meanwhile, are able to develop the skills of their staff and open up new opportunities with foreign partners, while learning from the outside perspectives...
29 May 2018

What makes a “good employer”?

(From ec.europa.eu ) Most employers would love to find out that they are appealing to potential employees, but what is it about an employer that motivates an individual’s job choice? What is it that makes an employer attractive? In 2015, Cedefop – the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training – published its European skills and jobs (ESJ) survey. As part of the survey, which focused on the problem of skill mismatch, Cedefop asked 49,000 EU adult workers from all 28 Member States what influenced their decision to accept their current job. Results revealed that employees didn’t...
23 October 2018

Your first EURES job helps young Portuguese pharmacists to find work in Scandinavia

(From ec.europa.eu ) The market exploded, and the ensuing shortage of qualified pharmacists, against the backdrop of an ageing population, made it difficult for employers to recruit from within Sweden. In Portugal, on the other hand, there were – and still are – too many pharmacists and not enough jobs, due largely to the after-effects of the financial crisis. Seeing a mutually beneficial opportunity, LloydsApotek in Sweden, along with its Norwegian partner Vitusapotek, teamed up with EURES Portugal to recruit pharmacists through the Your first EURES job (YfEj) programme. LloydsApotek’s staff...
16 October 2018

Social enterprise: Entrepreneurship with a social impact

(From ec.europa.eu ) As pointed out by the European Commission, entrepreneurship and self-employment help create jobs, develop skills and give unemployed and vulnerable people an opportunity to fully participate in society and the economy. Accounting for 14% of total employment, self-employed people play an important role in the EU economy. The latest Eurostat figures show that 30.6 million people aged 15-64 in the EU were self-employed in 2016. Considering that SMEs make up 99% of companies in the EU and account for two thirds of total employment, it’s clear why the Commission supports these...

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