An Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme mobility will shape you as a person, because during your stay abroad, you will experience so many new things. Additionally, an Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme project can be a positive when it comes to your future employment because you will gain brilliant experiencesthat will benefit you throughout life. Of course, it’s not just about the work experience but also about your own, personal development while living on your own in a new place.
Apply for An Internship That Supports Your Future Career
If you already have an idea of what your future career will be, we advise you to think about the field that you choose for your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme internship carefully. This is a great opportunity to gain meaningful work experience and also find out if your field of choice is really where you want to work, in the future. Furthermore, by working for a company and field that interests you, you will very likely have the best experience you can imagine, because loving what you do is great motivation! This type of work experience could even lead to a better advantage against other applicants when you apply for your dream job later on. Internships abroad are seen as very precious, and employers tend to take a closer look at your application if they see that you have international work experience.
Improve Your Skills
An Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme internship is a good opportunity to improve certain skills, such as language skills or organisational skills and you’ll benefit from them for the rest of your life. You will also become more independent once you have lived in a completely new place for a certain amount of time, without the comfort of your family and friends.
An experience abroad can motivate you to prepare for your internship in advance, by improving skills before you arrive at your destination. This is a good idea when it comes to language, it is always better to be able to communicate with locals than arrive without any basic knowledge of the language. Do read up on the literature provided beforehand, to give you the chance to improve other necessary skills before you depart on your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme internship. For example, if you’re doing your internship in marketing, you can prepare yourself by reading up on it.
When you are at your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme destination, make sure you socialise with people from work (in all areas). These contacts may be useful later on when you’re on the career ladder and looking for a job in a specific area. Connect with as many co-workers and supervisors as possible and get to know people during your free time. Participate in different activities or even join an association that interests you. This gives you a chance to meet many different people from all areas and who knows, maybe those contacts will benefit you later on in life?
Learn a New Language
Learning a new language can be very challenging, we’ve all been there, especially if you only live in your desired destination for a short period of time. Sometimes the spoken language at your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme destination isn’t that common, but we still suggest trying your best to at least learn the language basics. Nevertheless, having lived abroad and experienced a foreign language, you will certainly have an advantage over other applicants later on when searching for a permanent job.
Discover New Places
Besides your internship experience, don’t miss out on valuable moments. You’ve just arrived in a new city and there will be so much to discover. Those memories you will certainly remember forever. If you want to experience your chosen city as your new home, don’t just visit the tourist hotspots, take one step further and see hidden gems such as small alleys or suburbs. Meet locals and find new places like small restaurants or cafes.
Do go and see some other places in the country. Organising your own trips will make you even more independent and it will be so much fun exploring something new (maybe with your new friends).
Pimp-Up Your CV
When you return from your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme mobility, it is time to think further ahead. Now you can add your great experience to your CV and impress employers with your gained skills and your unique experiences. Why not revise your CV, because you might have returned feeling like a new person and your skills and interests might have changed because of your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme experience?
Try Something New
By starting your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme journey will no doubt be a brand-new experience. During your entire stay you will encounter lots of situations where you will do something for the first time in your life. This could be trying new food, going on a special excursion, or trying a new activity. If you are rather a shy person, this is your chance to shine and do something that is on your never-have-I-ever list. You will not regret it!
Every experience you do will somehow shape you. Being able to do an Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme mobility is very beneficial for you and will contribute positively to your future career. You will gain valuable work experience abroad and might discover areas that interest you and you’ll get to know where you want to direct your future career.
If you are looking for a partner agency to help you with the organisation of your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme mobility for your young students, feel free to contact us.