Europass – Erasmus Career Day goes down with success
The Tempus Association – National Europass Centre was responsible for the organisation of the career day, during which nobody could retreat into passivity. This event was not about silent observation – everybody was involved in the dialogue. The workshops led by HR and career advisors offered the opportunity to past Erasmus students of gaining knowledge that will come handy when looking for a job or starting to build their careers, so that they can enter the world of work with confidence. During the small group workshops, everybody got an answer to their questions. The aim of the Job searching techniques seminar, for example, was to enhance the participants’ success in looking for a job. In the group entitled ’In a module’, the participants were encouraged to look for answers to question like ’I don’t have a job – is it a real problem?’, ’How do employers think?’, ’What is the secret of a successful application process?’. The event offered useful advice to those as well who were concerned about the process of CV writing, something that might seem simple, but is in fact a lot more complex than it seems. Tünde Lékai, a consultant from Randstad Hungary Ltd., who led the workshop, talked about the typical mistakes in CVs as well as about the tricks and pitfalls of choosing a photo. During the workshop named ‘Preparing for a job interview – me brand’, the participants who registered previously could get advice from Dóra Svéda (the Jól-Lét Association’s deputy director) about how to judge our personal strengths correctly and why self-knowledge and being conscious about our qualities have an important role during the job searching process. During the day, participants got the chance to try themselves out in job interviews, mini mock interviews and could also sign up for counselling about working abroad. The students who are just about to enter the world of work also got information about how their degrees and certificates will be acknowledged abroad (the workshop was led by Éva Palmer, chief cousellor, Ministry of Education, Hungarian Equivalence and Information Centre). Furthermore, Europass documents could be submitted for checking and information exchange to a relevant counsellor (the workshop was led by Csilla Szabó, Europass coordinator, Tempus Foundation).
By the way, what is Europass? The Europass Portfolio consists of five documents thanks to which degrees and professional experience can be compared because of its unified and transparent structure. The different parts of the Europass are the Curriculum Vitae, language passport, school certificates, further certificates and mobility pass. The educational systems of the different member states of Europe are very different. The format, content and the professional as well as practical knowledge that the certificates serve to represent differ in the different countries. Therefore, to ensure the comparability and transparency of the degrees, professional knowledge and competences gained in different countries as well as to help the job and study mobility within the member states, the European Union introduced the Europass system from 1st January, 2005.
Erasmus - familiar. Everybody will have heard of the Erasmus scholarship, some more, others less while there are also some fortunate Hungarian students who have already participated in the Erasmus scholarship. The Europass-Erasmus Career Day that was organised on 19th November addressed students who are just about to embark on their Erasmus experience and those who have already participated in the programme, but not only! The Erasmus programme creates scholarship opportunities for higher education. The Erasmus is one of the most successful and well-known programme of the European Committee, which until the present day has helped the mobility of about 3 million university students in Europe. The Erasmus programme offers study experiences of 3-10 months at the colleges and universities of the 28 member states of the European Union as well as in six other countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey). At the moment, around 2500 higher education institutions participate in the programme. The aim of the mobility is to make students acquainted with the culture and society of another country as well as to help them gain language knowledge and other important skills while carrying out their studies.
Plus. The new education programme of the Union for the period between 2014 and 2020 called Erasmus+ was accepted by the European Parliament at their planetary meeting that took place in Strasbourg on Tuesday. The programme unites the current period’s Erasmus, Leonardo Da Vinci, Comenius and Gruntvig programmes as well as further international co-operational programmes. According to the calculations, during the 7 years, the Erasmus+ programme that relies on a budget of 14,7 billion Euro will be able to help around 4 million people in their studies, trainings and now, for the first time, in sports as well.
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