In the blog entry Go North, young man, go North I was thinking about the opportunities for the young and the not so young in the Mediterranean EU member states to escape the crushing prospects of long term unemployment by looking for opportunities in the countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) with least unemployment.
The blog post Exercising free movement rights in EU recommended the mobility portal EURES as a starting point for exploring a path to professional qualifications and language skills needed to land a good job in a country with more demand for human resources.
We noticed that Switzerland, despite low unemployment and high demand for skilled workers, restricted access to its labour market against the arrival of jobseekers from Central Europe: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary, as well as from the newest EU member states Bulgaria and Romania.
Studying in another EU country
Studying in another EU country offers individuals opportunities to gain both professional and language skills.
I invite you to read the post on the blog El mito de Europa Why Union citizens are allowed to study in any other Member State? Patricia Llopis Nadal explains the importance of EU citizenship, free movement and non-discrimination shaping the rights to pursue vocational training, secondary education or academic studies in another EU country.
Some remarks and sources mentioned in my entry Studying in another EU country #EYC2013 may also help you take your first steps.
You can also turn to the Your Europe webpages on Education & Youth, with initial information about school, university, traineeships, volunteering and research opportunites in another EU country.
You can also follow news, events and proposals from two departments of the European Commission: DG Education and Culture (EAC) and Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion(EMPL), in order to look for mobility related opportunities during the next long term budget (multiannual financial framework MFF) 2014-2020.
When you know where you are heading, you can also choose the language you need to learn. Preparation can start at home and self-study can begin today (with the help of your local library or bookshop or online bookstore).