The Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme experience is often portrayed in the collective imagination as a wonderful paid vacation. Actually, Erasmus+ and Turing Scheme mobilities are designed to be both an experience of great human value while at the same time, to increase the skills of the participants, from an educational point of view. Erasmus+ and The Turing Scheme are also designed to make young Europeans more prepared for an increasingly international and synergistic world of work. Whether you are age 16 or 30, the Erasmus+ and Turing Scheme experience is an opportunity for growth that guarantees amazing learning.
During the Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme mobility, you will be overwhelmed by a new environment. There will be new scents, new sounds on the streets and new habits you’ll experience. Later on, doubtless, you will face new educational offers or internship experiences that will inevitably make you reflect on how you’ve lived in your “new”, temporary country. The reflections you have will also give you ample opportunity to think about changes you’ll make when you get home and of course, how you’ve transformed as a person! Perhaps you’ll find some interesting, educational training offers come your way? Or you’ll get to learn about new business models that you can try? What actually matters most, is that you’ll have real desire to transfer your new skills or education when you get back to your home country.
Erasmus+ and The Turing Scheme projects are designed to respond to educational and training needs identified across the world, which is why the proposals are always dynamic and stimulating, and tend to bring innovative, sometimes unprecedented experiences. The Erasmus+ and The Turing Scheme programme also fill the gaps that school experience alone cannot satisfy through exciting practical experiences. They adopt the learning by doing approach, and they improve both soft and hard skills.
Soft and Hard Skills
Let’s explain soft and hard skills.
With hard skills, we refer to education, language, technical and professional skills. In short, everything that represents the training and work path, and which can be certified. So these refer to studies, masters, specialisation courses, qualifications, technological and practical skills - they all come under hard skills.
Soft skills, on the other hand, refer to personal and relational attitudes. Among soft skills are, for example, reliability, proactive attitude, attention to detail, autonomy, self-confidence, the ability to organise work, communication skills, problem solving, resistance to stress, initiative, predisposition to growth and the ability to work in a team.
Having good skills, both professional and personal, is a great passe-partout for your career. Erasmus+ and The Turing Scheme mobilities help you to cultivate and improve them. Investing and increasing skills is the best way to face the world of work head on!
Maybe you will completely fall in love with the country you ended up living in, or with someone you meet there. Or you will simply fall in love with a new way of doing things and new ideas. What is certain is that you will fall in love with your memories when you look back at the pictures of your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme stay!