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EURES – helping graduates find work in Europe

Just graduated? Eager to find your first job? Thinking about working in another European country? Your local EURES Adviser can help you find out what opportunities are available throughout Europe.                        
Working abroad either for a short or extended period can provide you with important skills and experience and can raise your profile among employers. But such an experience is not without its challenges and preparation is crucial so that you get the most out of it. This is when EURES can help.
EURES Advisers work together with careers advisers in universities and institutes of higher education, ensuring that students and graduates are aware of the opportunities available to them on the European labour market.
EURES Adviser, Annie Vanserven, has been advising Belgian students and graduates for a number of years. She is well aware of the challenges young people face when looking for a job abroad and the preparation needed before leaving home. Annie is often invited by the Belgian universities of Ghent and Leuven to give presentations on living and working conditions in other countries in Europe. Like many EURES Advisers she is also involved in exhibiting at graduate job fairs. In addition, Annie also gives one-to-one consultations to individuals interested in finding opportunities in other European countries.
So why contact a EURES Adviser?
“We can provide students and graduates with reliable information, available opportunities in other European countries and practical information on how to prepare for a job abroad,” explains Annie. “Face-to-face interviews are the best way we can help because information can be tailored to the needs of the individual. I do ask that all people prepare well before coming to see me,” she adds.
Hints and tips for preparing for work abroad
Annie has some tips and hints to get you started in your search for jobs in another European country:
  • Know yourself – know what you want to do and how long you want to stay in another country as this will affect the kinds of positions open to you as well as the formalities to go through before moving.
  • Have a plan but be realistic – you may have to work below your level initially, but see it as a step towards your dream job.
  • Always check the “Living and Working Conditions” section of the country on the EURES portal.
  • Before leaving home, ensure that you have some money in reserve to pay for housing deposits, food and travel as most employers pay at the end of the first month.
  • Contact a EURES Adviser in the country of your destination as they are the best source of practical, local information.
The section “Are you a graduate?” on the EURES portal also outlines“6 Steps to starting a professional career abroad” and includes information on where to look for jobs, practical and legal aspects, how to write applications and CVs, as well as a checklist of things to think about before you leave home and issues to be aware of when you arrive in a new country.
Read more:
Find out more about the Living and Working Conditions in different European countries on the EURES Job Mobility Portal
Search for a job in the EURES Job Database
“You will hear from us…” details the essential dos and don’ts that individuals and companies need to consider when applying or recruiting for a job abroad and was written with input from EURES Advisers from across Europe.

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