International experience helps students choose their future

EU-funded project builds a study programme designed to help students become more informed about future career options and higher education, and take part in an international study experience.

Many young people leave school not knowing what to do afterwards. ‘Choose Your Future’ helped students make their life choices by giving them an international experience, building skills and self-awareness, and improving career guidance in schools. Student Marin Yordanov said:

On this project, I realised the true importance of working in an international environment and exploring foreign cultures. It has been a life-defining experience because I literally chose my future career and higher education paths.

Students aged 14 to 19 from seven different countries – Estonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Denmark, Latvia, Turkey and Poland – took part. The network of schools exchanged ideas on the study programme and coordinated a weeklong international exchange.

Activities centred on improving students’ IT, English and interpersonal skills and building their knowledge of the labour market to broaden their horizons on the variety of jobs available.

Students job shadowed, held interviews, improved their self-evaluation skills and gained knowledge on the demands and requirements of different jobs across the European labour market. Through various activities, they also had a chance to develop their critical thinking, problem solving, research and creative skills.

Choose Your Future published study materials in eight languages covering topics like building an online professional portfolio, self-awareness, lifestyle including health, the principles of marketing and advertising, and IT and art in creative advertising. It also published the Career Orientation Activities Guide on career guidance.

Key facts and figures

Project title - Choose Your Future

Lead organisation - General Secondary School Angel Karaliychev

Location - Veliko Tarnova, Bulgaria

Duration - 2014-2016

EU grant - €257,280

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Photo: © General Secondary School Angel Karaliychev