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All participants had a really active role as long as the seminar lasted. They expressed their opinions and they discussed about their experiences. They formed two teams and the first team discussed about the process of finding a job, whereas the second team focused on the work policies and conditions in different European countries.

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More specifically, the first team outlined the most popular ways to find a job comparing the situation in Bulgaria, Italy, Romania and Greece, etc. Participants agreed on the fact that citizens of the aforementioned countries mainly look for a job on the internet and less in newspapers. They also look for a job via career counseling offices in Universities. Moreover, they agreed that networking is very important while looking for a job as it is more likely that a person learns for a vacancy from a person that already works in a company. The person that works in the company will work as a bridge, as a link

between the person looking for a job and the employer. Participants from Romania, Bulgaria and Greece strongly agreed on that tendency in their countries, whereas Italian participants also agreed that this phenomenon happens in their country but less frequently than in the other countries. Thus, the criteria to hire a person do not mainly depend on CV and cover letter but on a strong network. On the other hand, the second team spoke about the work policies and working conditions in different European countries. They compared the working conditions and participants agreed that the general tendencies are to gain work experience by doing a stage and an internship as well as to be a freelancer and to have a shortterm contract. The minimum wage varies from country to country in Europe, for there are different laws, contracts and collective bargaining

agreements. For example, the minimum wage is 586€ per month in Greece, 310€ in Slovakia, €756 in Spain, whereas it is 1456 € in Netherlands, 143€ in Albania. There are also countries which do not set a minimum wage in laws but they determine it in collective bargaining agreements, such as Germany and Italy. Moreover, the insurance policy is different in each European country. Last but not least, participants in this group realized the different realities that exist in case an employee is fired, the compensation given and the support provided to unemployed citizens. After discussing the aforementioned topics, groups were called to prepare a short presentation of the main findings. They would present their outcomes in the event the same day in the afternoon so that the two groups would exchange ideas and more people would have the opportunity to learn about the main findings of the

Work in progress - Final report  

This booklet is a summuary of "Work in progress", a project funded by "Europe for citizens" Programme with the aim of establishing a platfor...

Work in progress - Final report  

This booklet is a summuary of "Work in progress", a project funded by "Europe for citizens" Programme with the aim of establishing a platfor...

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