A day in the life of ... a European Job Day coordinator

05.05.2011

European Job Days provide the perfect occasion for jobseekers to meet employers and find out what opportunities are available in other European countries. For EURES Advisers, the ultimate aim of a Job Day is to match mobile European citizens with jobs.
European Job Days provide the perfect occasion for jobseekers to meet employers and find out what opportunities are available in other European countries. For EURES Advisers, the ultimate aim of a Job Day is to match mobile European citizens with jobs.
 
Hundreds of Job Days take place each year in cities across Europe. Many attract young people dreaming of their first job abroad or mid-career workers looking for a new challenge in another country.
 
Carlo Sinisi, Italian EURES Adviser for the region of Puglia, describes what it was like to organise the Puglia European Job Day last year.
 
“I had to play many roles at the same time. I promoted the event, was the local facilitator, acted as ‘go-between’ for the venue and exhibitors, was the main contact for other EURES Advisers and employers…and, of course, I am a EURES Adviser, so I had to give information to jobseekers about opportunities abroad,”
explains Carlo.
 
Advanced preparation
Once he had a venue in one of the main squares of the city of Bari, Carlo Sinisi invited all EURES Advisers in the region as well as organisations experienced in providing careers advice. In addition, he was tasked with promoting the event within a short and very intense timeframe. For this Carlo turned to social media, in the form of the EURES Puglia Facebook page, which proved invaluable in spreading the word.
 
On the day
The Job Day featured a special workshop on careers in journalism in Europe. “We invited journalists from a series of local and national newspapers to explain what skills and qualifications are needed to become a journalist. I also informed the participants about the main routes to a career in journalism – including national and European competitions available for young journalists or those with no relevant working experience,” says Carlo.
 
Local training institutions specialising in tourism, hotel management and languages were also present. Mini-conferences were organised on working abroad specifically for students in these areas, and there was advice on the languages and skills required. The event was a huge success.
 
 “My measure of success, however, is when I see that the young people, who have attended, are hired,” concludes Carlo.
 
 
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