How Does the Erasmus+ Programme Impact the Future Career of Students?

Erasmus students in Brno will have a reason to rejoice: a study from the European Union Commission shows that even a few months spent studying abroad strongly enhance one’s decision regarding what kind of job to apply to, and how to pursue one’s desired career. Image: stock picture / Freepik.

Brno, Sep 5 (BD) – Brno is a thriving university city, with nearly 1,800 students coming from the Erasmus+ program last year. Students love the town so much that Brno was ranked the 6th best city in the world for students in 2019. In student popularity, Brno’s ranking is higher than that of other famous and fashionable cities such as New York (9th) and Prague (8th). However, how exactly do students benefit from studying abroad? A new local study proves that they benefit a lot. 

“In terms of social life skills and competence development, nine out of ten students agree that they have improved these vital skills through participating in the programme.”

This May 77,000 students and staff took part in the latest European Commission study that shows how much students can benefit from being a part of the Erasmus+ programme. The results once again strongly improve the reputation of Erasmus+ programme. In addition, the study shows several interesting discoveries.

The study reveals that the participating students tend to aim for a higher education level than non-mobile students. More than 70% of the students stated that thanks to Erasmus+ Project they have a better understanding of their desired career path, often “recalibrating” their studies in order to better pursue their dream job.

The survey further shows that once they find out what they want to do, Erasmus+ students are better equipped to do so: 79% of the participants successfully found a job 3 months after the conclusion of their period of studying abroad, and 72% stated that their experience abroad helped them land their first job. 

Chart: Time to find the first job after graduation for Erasmus+ and no-mobile graduates who graduated in 2016 or before. Source: Study on the impact of Erasmus+.

In terms of social life skills and competence development, nine out of ten students agree that they have improved these vital skills through participating in the programme. Overall, they consider themselves better equipped in these areas of expertise after studying at multicultural colleagues where they develop personal skills through problem solving and digital skills. More importantly, the same number of graduates would effectively apply their learned skills in their current jobs. 

Chart: Perceived benefits for finding first job from Erasmus+ graduates. Source: Study on the impact of Erasmus+.

A percentage of more than 80% of academics (academic staff) believe that the international experience is an important factor in creating interesting curricula. 

Social inclusion and non-discrimination are also important factors, since two out of three universities that have participated in Erasmus projects are vitally contributing to these policies.

The results of the study show the impact of the Erasmus+ programme in aiding young people to build on and adapt their skills and succeed in the new digital era and in their future careers.

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