Saco Student Fair
One of the highlights of the student fair was the Youth on the Move stand where they were able to find out more about the EU funded programmes for learning, studying or volunteering abroad. The stand was manned by young people with first-hand experience of what these programme can offer in terms of new skills, employment opportunities and fun. One of them was Sebastian who is in his final year of upper secondary school. During his training to become a car painter he has participated in several exchanges as a part of the EU’s Leonardo da Vinci programme which targets vocational education and training. These exchanges have taken him to Finland, Denmark, France and Spain and have, he says, considerably improved his chances of finding a job when he finishes his training course – whether he chooses to stay in Sweden or go abroad again! Others were able to tell about similar experiences from having participated in an Erasmus exchange (for higher education) or having worked as a European volunteer.
At the stand visitors could also get concrete tips and ideas for how to apply for jobs across Europe. Presentations were given on how to use Europass to present your skills and qualifications to employers from different countries.
Youth on the Move also hosted a performance by the K-pop dance group R-10 which drew a crowd of hundreds of people with their Gangnam style moves!
The Saco fair is the largest student fair in Scandinavia and it is held annually in Stockholm and Malmo. More than 25 000 students are expected to attend the fair in Stockholm (29 – 30 November) and a further 5000 in Malmo (5 December).