Many youth decide to follow the courses of an educational institution without knowing if that particular career fits their personality or not. Furthermore, most of the theoretic courses don’t prepare students for the real-life experience of a certain profession.

In addition to this, the European space is not homogeneous, thus one country may offer more opportunities for the pursuit of a certain career than another.

I believe the European Union authorities should encourage young people from different countries to to discover and exercise their talents before choosing a certain career.

This initiative would be similar to the medieval custom of young apprentices who were supposed to complete a journey in foreign countries before returning and becoming a master.

Youth should have the right to travel free across Europe and get involved in concrete projects in the field they are interested to work in later (for example, join scientific research projects, work on finding legal solutions to different social problems, make proposals for improving the architectural environment of different cities, etc.).

Youth should be allowed to join projects from different professional areas in order to discover all the sides of the profession they are interested in.

Youth’ academic studies could be completed before or after this professional traveling experience.

However, youth who achieve remarkable results “on the field”, could be given the chance to complete faster their theoretical training . In exceptional cases, these successful youth could be granted directly the equivalent academic degree.

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  1. Dear freEUlance, I completely agree with you. Young people should be able to discover Europe before they make the final choice of what to do with their lives.

    But much of what you’re asking for already exists. The first thing I can think of is the European Voluntary Service where young people get an insight into a project in a different country and learn the language of that country.
    If you decide to go to university, you will certainly come across the ERASMUS programme during your academic career. And if you’re thinking about an internship, you may try with AIESEC (even though this is not an EU programme).

    If you decide to start with an apprenticeship instead of university studies, you may be able to do an exchange in the framework of the EU’s Da Vinci Programme. And if you have started your own business, there is even such a thing as an Erasmus for Entrepreneurs.

    And there even more programmes…..

    But what is just as important as offering these programmes is making them known to a large audience. Many students may not know about the programmes on offer, and only hear about them when it is too late.

    On the other hand, I believe that, if you really want to go abroad, you will find the ways to do so. However, many young people are afraid of leaving their social network for an uncertain future. Goodwill ambassadors, former exchangees, could do the trick to get more young people interested in these opportunities.

  2. Thank you for your comment.
    I know these EU programmes you mentioned and I can tell you these initiatives are great, but none of them is actually able to respond to today’s youth needs.
    EVS program offers great volunteering placements, but still a relatively poor offer of opportunities for acquiring and developing advanced professional skills.
    ERASMUS programme is a short-term placement opened only for students, while my proposal targeted young people who didn’t decide yet what are they are going to study.
    AIESEC’s internships are not for everyone and when I say this, I really mean it.
    It’s great to know there’s a lot of support available for young entrepreneurs , but how could young people actually start their own business from the first place?!…
    It’s easy to think youth are not well informed, but I believe this lack of information is actually a direct consequence of the un-democratic way these already-existing opportunities are promoted and granted.
    I agree with the fact that if you really want to go abroad, you will find the ways to do so.But it’s not all about going abroad, is it?

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