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34th YEU Convention "Job hunters"

The training activity took place
in Cyprus - Nicosia, Pedoulas and Limassol
organised by Youth for Exchange and Understanding
20 - 30 July 2015

Aims & objectives

• To identify the reasons -other than the economic crisis- of unemployment in
different partner countries. For example low self-esteem, inactiveness during the
unemployment period, etc.
• To exchange opinions on the meaning of the term “work” and its value in our
everyday lives;
• To explore the connection/relation between labor market and field of study and the
social implications derived by this relation;
• To identify the strengths and weaknesses of their personality on several sectors;
• To develop specific skills (spoken communication, making effective presentations,
time management, teamwork, etc.) which will later foster their employability;
• To explore self-employability concept with a focus on social entrepreneurship;
• To empower youth to (re-)enter the labor market.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

45 participants (educators,
youth workers, activists etc.) from 10 different countries (Cyprus, Belgium, Italy,
Poland, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine
and Portugal).

Training methods used & main activities

The activities used were based on non-formal education approach.
To empower the youngesters in their job search, we have used the following tools: teambuilding activities, energisers, "Starting points" (simulation of the job market and buying/paying capacity reflection); "Thinking tank" (combination of working groups+presentation by participants, the fishbowl method, and the agree-disagree discussion method); "Mute director" (trying on different roles, communication through non-verbal methods, visual imput involved by the participants); "Emperor's pot" (simulation of intercultural negotiations process), simulations of job interviews with difficulties that may arise.

Outcomes of the activity

The success of the project was shown by the final evaluation: most of the participants scaled most of the questions 70 and above (on the scale of 0-100).
Apart from non-formal and in-formal process, the participants have also gathered around 110 answers on questionnaire regarding youth unemployment, the publication on results is being developped.

Here are the links to publication and video of the Convention:

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Co-trainer of an international "village" group (3 days) and co-facilitator of overall Convention (10 days); also responsible for covering one day of the Convention as a journalist.

I worked on this training for 3 days as a full time trainer.

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