This year’s biggest international Job expo in the Czech Republic took place in Prague last month, offering a whole host of opportunities for jobseekers open for placements in other parts of Europe.
Welcoming 12 600 visitors to the Jobs Expo at Prague’s Incheba Expo
venue on 15 and 16 March, EURES Advisers from 12 countries set up shop in an impressive ‘EURES village’ – an area that featured Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
Many of the EURES Advisers came prepared with vacancies to fill in their home countries. Advisers from Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands, for example, had over 100 vacancies to fill between them in sectors such as IT, engineering, veterinary science, food services and management.
The Netherlands had even brought seven employers with them to the EURES village and together they were hoping to recruit around 70 employees. “Czechs are really appreciated in the Netherlands since they are known to be hard workers. We could have brought even more employers but there was simply not enough space,” says Tamara Van de Moosdijk, EURES Adviser from the Netherlands.
Eliska Brabencova, a Czech jobseeker wanting to move to Ireland took the opportunity to consult an Irish EURES Adviser for guidance on how to find an internship. “The Adviser told me that I should look for a real work position instead since I have all the required competences. This will for sure have an impact on my future jobseeking strategy and I’m glad I got this advice,” says Eliska. Jan Machacek was another jobseeker from the Czech Republic attending the Job Fair: “I’d like to work in the UK within the IT sector. Unfortunately, I had so much work to do before coming so didn’t have time to bring my CV, but I got some good advice.”
Apart from the activities at the EURES village, around 30 companies and organisations were also present, including the European Commission’s flagship Youth on the Move initiative, which helps young Europeans to achieve their dreams of studying, training, or working abroad. The Commission’s Youth@Work action was also represented, giving seminars throughout both days to ease the way for youngsters towards self-employment or employment at a small- or medium-sized enterprise (SME).