EU Survey: Erasmus+ Significantly Benefits Students’ Career Prospects

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A new study from EU shows how much students benefit from an Erasmus+ and Erasmus + Traineeship period. Erasmus students are more likely to follow their desired career path and find a job quickly after their training abroad. Photo: stock picture / Pexels.

Czech Rep., Sep 8 (JS) – Erasmus students love Czech cities – Prague and Brno Are Among Top Best Cities for Students in the World. Prague’s ranking is higher than that of other famous and fashionable cities such as New York and London. However, how exactly do students benefit from studying abroad? A new local study proves that they benefit a lot.

This May 77,000 students and staff took part in the latest European Commission study that shows how much students can benefit from being a part of the Erasmus+ programme. The study shows several interesting discoveries.

The report reveals that the participating students tend to aim for a higher education level than non-mobile students. More than 70% of the students stated that thanks to Erasmus+ Project they have a better understanding of their desired career path, often “recalibrating” their studies in order to better pursue their dream job (see the chart below).

Chart: Time to find the first job after graduation for Erasmus+ and no-mobile graduates who graduated in 2016 or before. Source: Study on the impact of Erasmus+.

The study further shows that once they find out what they want to do, Erasmus+ students are better equipped to do so: more than 80% of the participants successfully found a job 3 months after the conclusion of their period of studying abroad, and 72% stated that their experience abroad helped them land their first job.

Overall, 72% respondents consider their Erasmus+ experience beneficial or highly beneficial for finding their first job. Graduates from Eastern and Southern European Program Countries and in particular from Partner Countries agree with this view somewhat more frequently than respondents from Western and Northern Europe.

Chart: Perceived benefits for finding first job from Erasmus+ graduates. Source: Study on the impact of Erasmus+.

More than 80% of academics believe that the international experience is an important factor in creating brand new, interesting curricula.

In terms of social life skills and competence development, nine out of ten students agree that they have improved these vital skills through participating in the programme. Overall, they consider themselves better equipped in these areas of expertise after studying at multicultural colleagues where they develop personal skills through problem solving and digital skills. More importantly, the same number of graduates would effectively apply their learned skills in their current jobs.

Social inclusion and non-discrimination are also important factors, since two out of three universities that have participated in Erasmus projects are vitally contributing to these policies.

The results of the study show the impact of the Erasmus+ programme in aiding young European students to build on and adapt their skills and succeed in the new digital era and in their future careers.

The news and tips for people who would like to find a job in Prague or Brno were prepared by the Jobspin team: a mix of interns, graduates, and university drop outs. Like what you’re reading? Subscribe to monthly news highlights in the Czech job market and economy – Newsletter Sign Up. Stay tuned – more reading is coming next week.

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