Direct from the European Commission.
Impact Study on Erasmus confirms that EU student exchange program increases employment opportunities and promote labor mobility
Young people who study abroad or training, not only acquire specific expertise, but also reinforce important cross-cutting skills that are highly valued by employers. A new study on the impact of the Erasmus student exchange program of the European Union shows that graduates with international experience are doing much better in the labor market. They run half the risk of long-term unemployment compared to those who have not studied abroad or have attended a training and five years after graduation, unemployment among this group, 23% lower. The study carried out by independent experts is the largest on this topic and has received feedback from nearly 80 000 respondents, including students and companies.
“The results of the impact study on Erasmus speak volumes, given the unacceptably high youth unemployment in the EU The message is clear. Study or training abroad make you a greater chance to improve your job prospects through the new. Erasmus program + to four million people get between 2014 and 2020, a grant from the EU, so they can experience how it is to be in another country life, whether it is for a study or training to follow than firsthand or to there to teach or to do “volunteer said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.
The new research shows that 92% of employers in recruiting staff is looking for personality traits that are strengthened by the program, just as tolerance, self-confidence, problem solving, open attitude, knowledge of own strengths / weaknesses and decisiveness. Before and after the stay abroad tests show that Erasmus students in these personality traits score better even before the exchange starts; After their return they score on these points on average 42% better compared with other students.