What is Erasmus+ Placement in short?
The Erasmus+ Placement program is a European Union program for student internships. The internship can take place in almost all European countries for a period of three to twelve months. Students can thus work in a company, at a university, at a research center, or in another organization abroad and gain work experience. The internship is recognized as part of studies and offers credit points known as ECTS.
One of the best internship positions offered is at Youth Entrepreneurship Club. There are positions in HR, Web Design/Development, Legal Advice, Business Analysis, Social Media Management, and (Digital) Marketing. The YEC is composed of young people and works in a different than the usual way. Weekly and daily activities form a unique working climate. Special activities include weekly barbeques, ping pong, basketball. Parallelly is offered the ability to develop skills through Entrepreneurship School, which is organized to formulate the new participants into tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. The Erasmus Interns will be able to attend at a preferential price.
Therefore, the reasons for someone to do his internship through Erasmus+ Placement are:
- The first and foremost reason is the skills you equip with, such as problem-solving, adaptability, organizational and communication skills, and the ability to work under pressure. These are skills that most acquire later, after obtaining their degree, giving you thus the precedence in the job market.
- A survey by the European Commission showed that employers seek people that have proceeded in internships and thus have taken the necessary basic working skills. This working experience in your resume will make you stand out. M. Petropoulos mentions in Kathimerini, “I wanted to acquire practical experience on the subject of my studies – I’m an industrial designer. I was in Philips Consumer Lifestyle in Eindhoven, Netherlands. I participated in one of the biggest projects of the division. That caused me enough pressure because I had enough responsibilities, but I also had great freedom organizing my job. At last, I stayed in the company for two months after the end of the program, while my job was added to the company’s product portfolio”.
- Furthermore, let’s not forget about networking. Perhaps in the internship, you get to know the next co-founder of your new business. Your next employer or, better, the employer who will become the shareholder/financier of your business idea. “The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work,” said entrepreneur and writer Robert Kiyosaki.
- You participate in workshops in which you develop your cooperation and the ability to take proper initiatives. Like I. Kakouri (bestidoro) narrates an experience in Bacou, Romania, where everyone could present one of their talents in a workshop, learned how to make a presentation in front of an audience.
- You will learn to work in a European business environment with people of different cultures. You will broaden your horizons, improve or learn a foreign language. Erasmus + Placement offers free language courses that are not widely known.
- You gain confidence and passion for your subject. You see how work is like from the inside. You learn how to apply the knowledge you received at university, thus appreciating your studies more.
- You become more independent as the responsibilities are more with both living and working. But unquestionably, through this challenge, you come out stronger. So watch this video to learn more.
- As the European Commission points out, you are becoming an integrated European citizen. Mental boundaries and dilemmas are broken down, and you become aware that you are in a zone of countries where you can easily move and work.
- It is known that many fields in Greece are not particularly developed, making it difficult for students with an object “incompatible” with the employment data of the country to find the job they want. They thus miss the opportunity to make their dreams come true. The Erasmus + Placement program as “Deus ex machina” saves the situation in this way.
- The accomplishment of an internship through Erasmus + Placement has been proven to promote entrepreneurship. In addition, it helps in job rehabilitation and finding job opportunities abroad:
Finally, I would like to conclude with a quote from Desiderius Erasmus, philosopher, and inspirer of the program, who once said: “If you keep thinking about what you want to do or hope to do but do not do it – it will never happen!”.
So make your decision and apply now to the Youth Entrepreneurship Club through the ErasmusIntern website. ‘Take the opportunity to develop your talents, to work in the field you are interested in, and create in a corporate environment.