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“There are no lazy people, just people lacking goals”
Job coach and owner of MyLifeAcademy, Claudiu Moldovan works with EURES in Malmö, Sweden coaching the country’s unemployed youth to find work in Europe. In a country where unemployment among the under 25s currently stands at 25 %*, job coaching can provide a lifeline for vulnerable youngsters trying to get that elusive first job.
Claudiu talks to us about job coaching, how he got into it, how it makes a difference and he even shares a few tips to help with the job search.
How did you get started as a youth job coach?
“I was working as a coach for adults and noticed that there were no job coaches at the time who were specifically working with young people, particularly those interested in living and working abroad. Then, in 2010, I started working with EURES and the public employment service (PES) on a small project with unemployed youth.
[…]The positive things about youngsters are that they are flexible and hungry to experience new things.”
What does job coaching entail?
“I’m a firm believer that there are no lazy people, just people lacking clear goals[…] In job coaching we invest a lot of time developing the goals and mindsets of young jobseekers. From idea to action there is a big step, so the right attitude, mindset and habits are needed.
During the three-month programme provided by EURES Sweden, participants learn how to write a curriculum vitae in English, German or Spanish, as well as take part in simulated interviews with feedback on general behaviour. There is also a special course on body language and a session on how to avoid negative thinking.
To help them achieve their objectives the young people are asked to track their activities on a monthly basis, which shows how much time they actually spend on their goals.”
What difference can job coaching make?
“The difference is huge and many of the participants are not recognisable at the end of the course. With improved social skills and a more proactive attitude they are able to find and keep a job more easily. And once they have been abroad for a while they can find a good job in Sweden when they come back.”
What advice can you give for young people looking for their first job?
- Work out what you want to do, write down your goals and what you want to achieve in the next five years.
- Work out what is driving you, what are your passions?
- Have dreams and aim for them.
- Ask for help – there are so many choices out there that you may need some help in narrowing down your focus.
- Use your network – this includes friends and social networks.
“When your ‘why?’ is big enough, your ‘how?’ is easy.”
*Source: Labour Force Survey (LFS), Sweden