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EURES promoting European jobs under the Valencian sun
Under a clear blue sky and in a pleasant 20 degrees Celsius, the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Spain, gathered employers and EURES Advisers for an outdoor Job Day. The aim was to offer its students crucial help with taking that difficult first step into the labour market. The 42 employers collected more than 13 000 CVs.
“This job day is really, really important for our students. It gives them a brief overview of the opportunities out there – and advice on how they can achieve them,” explains Ester Sanchis Sanchis, head of the placement department at the university.
The Universitat Politècnica de Valencia offers diplomas in architecture, engineering, business administration.
For this year’s event, EURES Advisers from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom were on hand not only to promote vacancies in their countries, but also to give presentations about the job market and “dos and don’ts” when searching for jobs.
Belgium in particular had a strong presence at this Job Day, with employers searching for engineers within the construction and IT sectors. One of these employers was Besix, known for having built the world’s largest tower – Burj Khalifain Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is now in the process of constructing a football stadium for 60 000 spectators in Saudi Arabia.
“We started cooperating with EURES last year and so far we have recruited 10 of our staff members thanks to EURES. It is a great partner to have since it opens up the local jobs market and brings the necessary local knowledge to reach out to the right candidates. Today we have 53 vacancies on offer, but it is not likely we will be able to fill them all. We have very high demands: we want people who are not only looking for a job but a career. They need to be highly motivated and entrepreneurial,” says Robin Van Santvoort, senior recruitment officer for Besix.
One of the thousands of jobseekers visiting the fair was Jose Marino Rodrigo Ortega. He is from Valencia and holds a diploma in architecture. “It is not the best of times here in Spain, so I am looking for opportunities aboard in order to make my career advance faster. I’m not limiting my job search to architecture; being an architect, I believe I can also do project management or consulting, so I hope to be able to land a job in one of these sectors.”
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