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10 good reasons to discover your employment chances in Europe
Ever considered working in another EU country? Here are ten top reasons why you should prepare your CV and pack your bags now….
1. Learn to appreciate other cultures and methods of working. According to Martin Davidson, CE of the British Council, 79% of employers think that intercultural skills and knowledge of other cultures are more important than degree classification when recruiting candidates.
2. Become more resilient and adaptable. Working in another EU country means you will adapt to a new way of life, make new friends, and take on new challenges. You will find yourself becoming more independent and resilient….
3. …which in turn will make you more employable, both in your home country and in other EU countries. “Candidates who end up with job offers also demonstrate determination and resilience… and are able to cope if they are sent half way across the world to work on a client project…” explains Stephen Isherwood, Head of Graduate Recruitment at Ernst & Young.
4. Become fluent in another language. Have you ever dreamed of being able to speak a foreign language like a native? By living and working in another EU country, you can learn to speak another language, a skill that will stay with you for life and be an asset to you in both your personal and professional life.
5. Better living conditions or pay. Since 1957, EU citizens have the right to work anywhere in Europe. Use this right! If you fancy living in a country where the cost of living is cheaper , or equally if you’d like to work in a country where you earn more in your discipline, moving within the EU could be for you.
6. Bring your ideas to your new EU colleagues. Share your working practices and experience with your new colleagues abroad. Perhaps you have something to bring to a nursing team in France by sharing your practices from your home country, or maybe the research you have done will be useful to an engineering team in Denmark?
7. Demonstrate leadership skills and initiative. “By taking the initiative to apply for a job abroad, preparing for your trip, organising your paperwork, and managing relationships with people of different cultures, you have shown leadership,” explains jobsabroad.com.
8. Discover yourself and your new community. Why not volunteer in your new local community? Or why not join a skiing club in Spain, or go diving with a club in Bratislava? By living abroad, you can share your language and culture with your new friends (and even feel like a celebrity in your new community…)
9. Fill a niche in the market. Have you got skills (or can you quickly learn skills) that are needed in other EU countries? Research the countries where your discipline is needed, and retrain if necessary. Perhaps you even know of business ideas that have worked well in your home country which you could bring to another Member State.
10. Last but not least, you have the chance to live and work wherever you like in Europe, easily! Thanks to EU legislation, you have the same rights as home workers in the EU. Make sure you read up about your rights before you go. The European Health Card means that EU citizens are guaranteed healthcare in any Member State. All you have to do when you get your job offer is hop on a plane or catch your train... no need for any complicated paperwork, visas or work permits!