‘What’s your EURES story?’
That’s the question that the #EURES25 competition asked jobseekers from across Europe to answer. Entries could be submitted in the form of a short video or an image accompanied by a summary about their experience, and the prizes included a €500 language course or employability skills training.
Participants were prompted to think about how EURES had helped them to find their dream job, how EURES Advisers had supported them with access to language training and integration into a new country, or how the EURES Job Mobility Portal or European (Online) Job Days had led to unique job opportunities.
The three competition winners were announced during an award ceremony at the EURES 25th Anniversary Event in Brussels on 30 January. The first of these was Javier Cordero and this is his story.
Name: Javier Cordero
Entry type: Video
Profile: Hello everyone, I’m Javier Cordero and I’m one of the lucky European citizens that took part in the European programme ‘My first EURES Job’.
I first heard about EURES when I was researching on the internet. Since I was very curious and interested in working outside of my country, I decided to take a step forward and apply for a job.
I got a job opportunity to work as a physical therapist in Berlin. I worked really hard and after one year, I was offered the chance to work for a professional football club as a physical therapist. I had no doubts about accepting the job.
I have to say that thanks to your programme, all Europeans have the opportunity to go to another country, learn a new language and benefit from financial support. To be able to do that is a privilege.
A sister competition was launched for employers, which challenged them to submit a photo that represented what freedom of movement meant to them. Vouchers worth €500 were on offer and the three winners were also announced during the award ceremony.
To find out more about the winning employers – and the other winning jobseekers – keep an eye on the EURES website.
The #EURES25 competition was part of an ongoing campaign to promote and celebrate the 25th anniversary of EURES. Launched in 1994, EURES has grown to include 32 countries and over 1,000 Advisers. To-date, there are over 3.6 million job opportunities and 15,500 employers registered on the EURES Job Mobility Portal.
Looking forward to the next 25 years of service, the network will set the pace to ensure many potential jobseekers and employers are aware of EURES, what it stands for, and how it can support them in their life journey or in their hiring processes.
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