The European Union’s principle of free movement of workers means that you can get a job in any country of the European Union, as well as in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein (also known as the EEA countries) and Switzerland.
Only around 2% of European citizens live and work in a different Member State different to that of their country of origin. Yet, there are many benefits to working abroad, such as the opportunity to…
…gain new professional and personal skills by developing your professional competencies, self-confidence and communication ability;
…get new insights and different perspectives by expanding your cultural background and learning or improving a foreign language;
…choose the most convenient opportunity for you by finding a permanent, temporary or seasonal job.
What can EURES do for you?
Through the EURES portal you have access to relevant workers mobility information, a job search facility and a network of more than 800 EURES Advisers who are waiting to help you. For example…
by selecting “Search for a job” you can access job vacancies in 31 European countries updated in real time;
by registering for free with “My EURES” for jobseekers you can create your CV and make it available to both registered employers and to EURES Advisers helping employers to find suitable candidates;
by accessing the section on “Living and Working”, you can ensure that you are both prepared and well-informed about the employment situation and living and working conditions in another EEA country.
In this section you can find out which labour markets of EEA countries are restricted during a transitional period to citizens of Bulgaria and Romania and of the ten Member States that joined the EU on 1 May 2004
by clicking on “Contact a EURES adviser” or by contacting a local or regional employment office, you have access to a range of information tools and can get advice on many practical, legal and administrative issues involved in finding and accepting a job abroad.
If you want to know what practical steps you should take to find a job and move abroad, then consult the checklists posted in the web page “Are you a graduate?”. You will find useful information from job searches to facts regarding settling in a foreign country.