Bulgaria: National career days opened
With youth unemployment close to 30 % finding a job or doing a traineeship is not an easy undertaking for young Bulgarians in these days. Today's opening of the National Career Days, the biggest national forum for students' internships and careers, came at the right moment and offered young people the opportunity to get in contact with around 120 companies and institutions present, among which Youth on the Move and EU Careers.
Having the right skills, speaking foreign languages and being able to work in a multicultural environment are some of the criteria employers are expecting from future employees. The EU's learning mobility programmes such as Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Youth in Action, help young people to acquire such skills by funding study periods and trainings in universities or companies abroad.
The Commission's Youth on the Move stand informs during the next two days through around 30 presentations about these programmes. The principle is that young people who have been abroad tell their story. Petya Vatsova from Sofia started off with the story about her Erasmus stay in Stuttgart in Germany, where she studied architecture for one semester last year. "I worked with different people from different countries and it was a very enriching experience for me. I invite all people: Erasmus is great - just do it". And Kalin Veliov, the Bulgarian Youth on the Move ambassador, added: "Travelling, changing environment, and meeting new people are essential for the career development of each individual. Very often this leads to new jobs and new projects. It brings an experience that is irreplaceable and usually not measured by anything material."