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NEXT STEPS

NEXT STEPS

Recently finished a course or left a job and wondering what to do next? I’m not alone; 6.3 million young Europeans are in the same position. The EU’s Youth Guarantee aims to provide me with an offer of employment, education, an apprenticeship, or a traineeship within four months of becoming unemployed or leaving the education system. I can apply through my national public employment service to kick-start my career or to allow me to get back to studying.

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CHANGE OF DIRECTION

It’s estimated that I’m likely to change careers upwards of five times during my working life. With each fresh start comes the need for re-training to acquire the skills relevant to my new industry. Whether I need new practical knowledge or an additional qualification, I can apply for training courses funded through the European Social Fund in the Member States.

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CHANGE OF DIRECTION
UP AND AWAY

UP AND AWAY

Wanderlust kicking in? I’m not confined to my home country when looking for a job; the whole of the EU is available to me. What’s more, Your First EURES Job can help me start a career in another country. They can give me a dedicated advisor, suggest job opportunities, and may even fund my travel if I get offered an interview abroad.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Office work isn’t for everyone. If the idea of rebuilding a school or assisting newly arrived asylum seekers appeals more to me, then I may want to consider applying for the European Solidarity Corps. There are paid and voluntary opportunities available in projects around Europe, so what am I waiting for?

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
WORKING FOR EUROPE

WORKING FOR EUROPE

Love the EU and want to join the 55,000 people that make it work? If so, a career in an EU institution could be for me. Based far and wide across Europe, or in the epicentres in Brussels or Luxembourg, I’ll be working with a totally diverse team on some of the most pressing challenges we face as a society. I can visit the European Personnel Selection Office to find out more about the job opportunities available.

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How it works

As a young person, it can be challenging to get my foot on the career ladder. However the EU is here to support me in my job search, whether that’s through the Youth Guarantee scheme – which has given opportunities to more than 3.5 million young people every year since 2014 – or through other programmes and initiatives. Since 2013, these schemes have already resulted in 2 million fewer unemployed young people in the EU. If I have the drive and enthusiasm, then the EU can give me the skills I need to get out there and find the job for me.

Did you know

2 million

The amount by which the number of unemployed young Europeans has decreased since 2013.

€8.8 billion

The EU budget allocated to boosting youth employment in regions with more than 25% unemployment among young people.

11 million

young people have received opportunities through the Youth Guarantee.

4 months

The youth guarantee aims to provide young people with a good-quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or traineeship within 4 months of becoming unemployed or leaving education.

The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene

Although her youth is long behind her, Gisela still longs to experience the sights of Europe. Her grandchildren decide to raise enough money to send her on her dream adventure, but their plan has unexpected results...

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Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth

After becoming lost and stranded in a menacing forest, a young girl must rely on the assistance of an unlikely friend to find her way home.

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Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois

Alex is an energetic twenty five year-old who will do anything he can to keep dancing. Trapped in a restrictive job, he's suddenly hit by a spark of inspiration.

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The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki

A man of the wilderness, Jan lives alone in a cabin in the Polish mountains. But when destiny interrupts his solitary lifestyle, he must devise a plan in order to follow his heart.

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Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić

A young Croatian farmer dreams of becoming a professional football star. But before pursuing his ambition on the pitch, he must first face the truth about who he really is.

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The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene
The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene
Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth
Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth
Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois
Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois
The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki
The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki
Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić
Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić

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