Between 25-29 May 2020, garagErasmus Foundation organised -in collaboration with GY Academy and thanks to the support of the Erasmus Student and Alumni Alliance (ESAA)- an innovative on-line academy open to bachelor and master students and also to recent graduates to improve their job hunting and professional skills, intending to create a highly professional training academy providing students and recent graduates with concrete answers and suggestions on the job market change after the COVID-19 emergency.
In fact, we have noticed a significant amount of disorientation between people that were about to enter the working life, demoralisation and fear on how to succeed despite this sudden and unforeseen situation. The Academy was, in this sense, an opportunity for many young people to boost their confidence and adapt to new circumstances as they appear.
garagErasmus Academy+ 2020 was a pleasant experience that allowed us to train students from everywhere in Europe but also from other continents on how to face the first steps of their future professional career. CEOs, entrepreneurs, HR experts and specialists of the job market held online lectures, also including an interactive part as well for questions and comments. The speakers, who also have great experience in the educational world, gave important tips to the participants.
Training sessions were followed by our Erasmus Alumni talks: former Erasmus students now holding a relevant professional position shared their success stories inspiring the Academy+ 2020 participants and current labour trends of their sector.
Its results were beyond any expectations: 337 students and recent graduates registered in only four days of actual promotion on social media and through personal emails to contacts of the Foundation. A selection in order to guarantee an effective programme and personal answers to all the questions asked by the participants was made and the final number of selected candidates that participated to the programme was 77 coming from 25 different countries – ensuring a wide variety of cultural exchange. All in all, 32 of them followed all the sessions of the project and received a certificate of attendance.
gE Academy+ 2020 was a great incentive for the Foundation in understanding the interest of new project modalities, such as virtual programmes, to continue working on similar activities in the future. In regard to this, we have been collecting feedback through an online survey and several students have sent a personal video for gE to be published and to spread the importance of the knowledge acquired during this week. garagErasmus will treasure all the constructive feedback for future online initiatives.
PARTNERS OF THE PROJECT
garagErasmus Foundation (Italy)
Erasmus Student and Alumni Alliance (ESAA)
GY Academy (Malta)