Why not combine your work experience with the chance to travel – expenses paid – to a European city?
Erasmus+ offers students an opportunity to work for two or three weeks in countries like France, Spain, Greece and the Czech Republic.
As well giving you industry-based training relevant to your course, and developing skills connected with doing work experience, Erasmus+ can help:
- Develop your awareness of different cultures
- Give you a taste of other languages (or improve your language skills if you know some basics!)
- Build your confidence of working not just at home but abroad
- Inspire you to explore other countries – either in your career or your own time
- Show you’re keen to learn and to travel when you’re looking for employment
- Make your CV stand out!
What’s more, your travel and accommodation expenses will be covered. You’ll also receive a living allowance for food and drink.
For more information about the Erasmus+ programme contact your tutor.
My confidence, as well as independence, has grown tremendously over the three week period living in Prague. Living away from home was not necessarily a problem due to the fact I have been on exchange programmes in the past. However, living with other students and having to manage essentials like budgeting gave me a taste of responsibility. I know that I would not get that opportunity if I did work experience in the UK close to home.
I feel like this international placement will help me in the future because I have gained some new skills and techniques which I can put into effect while I am at work in the UK. It has also boosted my confidence so now when I work I will have more confidence in my work.
The positive experiences that I gained is my communication skills, my competence, teamwork and understanding, because like I said this experience forced me or challenged me to modify the way I think to be able to overcome the barriers and difficulties during my stay. The negative aspect is that the length of this experience is not enough for me. I wanted more time because I really enjoyed working with the service users and the staff.