Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme for boosting skills and employability through education, training, youth and sport. Queen Mary University of London participates in the Erasmus+ Programme and will supply funding to a limited number of students for a traineeship in Europe.
Students in their final year who are planning on doing a traineeship (internship/work placement) outside the UK but in Europe (see list of Programme Countries) after they finished their studies can now apply for an Erasmus+ grant to help towards their living cost.
This is an excellent opportunity to gain international experience and to give your CV a competitive edge!
Why take part?
There are many reasons and some of them will be personal to you:
- Gaining and improving a range of skills that are desirable to employers, including communication across cultural boundaries, self-management, independence, confidence, adaptability and self-reliance
- Developing a global and cultural outlook, a quality highly sought-after by current employers
- Building up a network of valuable contacts
- Improving your (existing) language skills
In difficult economic times such as these, UK graduates could find themselves struggling to find a job. Consequently, working abroad might seem like a more attractive and viable option.
But before you get applying, there are a few things you might want to consider.
Choosing a country
From a casual browse of the internet, you will find that there is no shortage of opportunities for employment abroad. Therefore, the onus will be on you to try and narrow down the results to find the jobs that best suit your preferences.
Are you looking for a long-term position that would see you living in another country permanently, or at least for an extended period? Maybe you might want something a little more casual, something that could be incorporated into your travel plans? If this is the case, it might be worth focusing on the region you most want to visit.
Whatever you decide, be sure to always check the visa requirements before you travel. While some countries are relatively relaxed on employing tourists, others are not quite so forthcoming. In such instances, applying for a visa can be a tricky process, without any definite guarantees.