Enhancing access to, and use and quality of, information and communication technologies

19 August 2019

6 ways the world of work is evolving

(From ec.europa.eu ) We turned to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report 2018 to find out. Technology will drive business growth Four key technologies – high-speed mobile internet, artificial intelligence, big data analytics and cloud technology – will take on new meaning over the next few years and help to boost the performance of companies. Socio-economic trends such as national economic growth and the expansion of education (particularly in developing economies) will create new opportunities for businesses. The current move towards a greener economy will also mean advances in...
31 July 2019

7 signs that you could be an entrepreneur at heart

(From ec.europa.eu ) You have a vision It’s easy to look at Steve Jobs or Bill Gates and think that being an entrepreneur is all about making millions and becoming the biggest brand in the world. While that’s a worthy ambition, a successful business has to start with an idea. Entrepreneurs are skilled at recognising gaps in the market for a new product, identifying a demand that hasn’t been met or developing a new solution for an old problem. You can focus on the future While the present is important, successful entrepreneurs will also keep one eye on the future at all times. They anticipate...
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...
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,...
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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