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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...
09 April 2019

Helping Europe to embrace the latest technologies

(From ec.europa.eu ) Funded with the support of the Erasmus+ programme, the 3D-Help project began in November 2017. “The main aim of the project is to make adults more competent in the field of digital technologies,” Lucie Marková, from the European Development Agency, explains. “We’re producing innovative curricula and course content that focus on 3D printing. These resources will equip adults with specific skills related to ICT, engineering and technology, and they are free and open to everyone.” The European Development Agency from the Czech Republic is the lead partner on the project,...
04 March 2019

Salary negotiation: Where should I start?

(From ec.europa.eu ) Do your research You’ll want to go into the negotiation with a clear salary figure – or salary range – in mind so that you have a good starting point to build on. But it’s important to make sure that this figure is a realistic one or you may find that the negotiation doesn’t go the way you hoped. Researching similar positions to yours, and the related salaries, is a great way of getting a clear picture about what you should be aiming for and will give you a stronger overall negotiating position. Know your own worth Maybe you’re great at sales. Maybe you can type 70 words...
04 February 2019

What skills are companies looking for in 2019?

(From ec.europa.eu ) How about by focusing on the skills that companies are looking for? Over the last few years, LinkedIn has tracked the skills that companies need the most on an annual basis andthe company recently released its findings for 2019.. Using data gathered through their website on skills that are in high demand compared to their supply, the LinkedIn team narrowed down an estimated 50,000 skills to a list of the 30 that are most in-demand (5 ‘soft’ and 25 ‘hard’). Find out what skills made the list below… The soft skills The soft skills that companies are looking for tend to...

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