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What European jobseekers can learn from opera singers
On many occasions throughout the history of mankind, culture has mirrored society and has given us an indication of where the future is headed. If a recent audition for lyric singers in Paris is anything to go by then this could mean exciting times ahead for European mobility.
“Singers are, by definition, mobile workers as they are always touring. Maybe this is the reason why we see that they are more inclined to be involved in European mobility,” says Laure Detalle Moreau, EURES Adviser at Pôle Emploi Spectacle, in Paris.
Pôle Emploi Spectacle helps around 15 000 artists per year to find temporary or permanent jobs in France or abroad. Thanks to EURES they have had an ongoing partnership with Germany for several years. At a recent audition for lyric singers, while helping French artists find jobs in Germany, Laure elaborated on how lyric singers can teach other workers something about mobility. By her side are two colleagues from Pôle emploi: Quentin Mervelay and Véronique Loisel-Sol.
“One factor is definitely openness to being mobile: both from the jobseeker’s perspective – and the employer’s perspective. No respected opera house would hesitate to employ a singer from another country if the native market doesn’t provide enough talent,” says Véronique.
Another important aspect is the fact that the product – the music – is international. There are national differences as to which productions are staged where (a lot of Mozart features in Germany and a lot of Puccini in Italy) – but a good opera singer is a good opera singer everywhere.
“The willingness to be mobile can obviously also be traced back to the difficulties to find jobs in the sector but also to a passion for the job – an opera singer has to practise for years. While other professionals might consider alternative careers, an opera singer needs to be so passionate that he or she would move to the end of the world rather than give up their dream,” explains Quentin.
So here are the key lessons for European jobseekers from the stars on the stage: be open minded; develop your professional skills to international standards; and be passionate about what you do.