EU Careers Challenge competition

"EU Careers Challenge competition: Award-winning students demonstrate their employability to EU experts" Gosia Juchniewicz, Career Development Service

Presented at the 3rd Annual Learning and Teaching Conference on Tuesday 30 June 2015.

Recording (20 minutes)



The EU Careers Challenge competition was first developed by the University of Leicester Career Development Service and the Department of Economics in 2013 in close partnership with the European Personnel Selection Office in Brussels.  Due to its success it has grown to include seven countries and ten European universities with future plans aiming to expand it to all EU member states.

Since its origins, the aim has been to equip students with highly valued transferable skills and experience that would make them a stand out choice for employers, as well as to present them with a variety of exciting and challenging career paths within the EU Institutions.

As part of the EU Careers Challenge 2014, which this year focussed on Europe’s Digital Agenda, participating students worked in cross-disciplinary and multilingual teams across different EU universities.  Their task was to analyse a key EU challenge and develop their policy recommendations in the form of a written proposal and visual presentation. They also had to market their ideas online for social voting.  Finalists had to present in front of a panel of judges and tackle Q&A.  Winning the home edition in 2013, the University of Leicester students have also won the second international edition of the competition in 2014.

Themes that will be explored through this presentation include: innovative ways of working with employers and how authentic business case scenarios can be an effective way of engaging students with employability.

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