EU Career Day has started at Uzhhorod National University

EU Career Day has started at Uzhhorod National University

“EU Career Day in Uzhhorod” started at Uzhhorod National University on November 4, 2021. The event was organized by the European Union Delegation to Ukraine, Uzhhorod National University and the EU Information Center of the Faculty of History and International Relations. It was held in a mixed format and attended by students of Uzhhorod National University, representatives of NGOs, civil servants and employers.

EU Career Day is implemented within the framework of the project Information Support to EU Networks in Ukraine. This event has been held annually in more than 15 cities of Ukraine for the last five years. According to the organizers, EU Career Day is a series of public events where representatives of EU Networks and all active and interested citizens can share their views, their own experience in implementing EU standards and practices in Ukraine, participation in EU programs for new business development. and educational opportunities, discuss labor market trends, in particular the knowledge and skills a young person needs to build a successful career.

The event began with a panel discussion "Professional Development and European Integration", moderated by Doctor of History, Professor of International Studies and Public Communications Department, Ihor Todorov.

At the beginning of the EU Career Day, Ihor Korol, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs and Research at UzhNU, addressed the participants with a welcoming speech: "Nowadays, university education is considered as a platform, a springboard to a successful career. Students start building their careers not later, in the future, but while studying at university. Lots of graduate and even undergraduate students are already working. There are faculties where almost 100% of master’s degree students have jobs. We are trying to introduce dual education into the educational process so that students can study and work at the same time."

Viktoria Davydova, Press and Information Officer at EU Delegation to Ukraine, Denys Chernikov, Project Manager of the project Information Support to EU Networks in Ukraine, Oleksandr Patskan, Deputy Head for Digital Development, Digital Transformations and Digitization at the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration and Yuriy Fushchych, the Director of the Transcarpathian Regional Employment Center, also addressed the participants of the EU Career Days.

The topics touched upon during the event included dissemination of the EU principles and approaches in the areas of youth employment, lifelong learning, as well as the priorities of EU social and economic development. The participants also discussed the best practices of interaction between higher education institutions and employers to predict the needs for knowledge and skills, current trends in the labor market and the knowledge and skills that employers expect their potential employees to have.

On Thursday, November 4th, there were two trainings within EU Career Days. Associate Professor of the International Studies and Public Communications Department Anna Melehanych conducted a training "Conflicts: essence, types, stages and methods of management". Associate Professor, career consultant, director of the Career Center at Uzhhorod National University Tetyana Buturlakina conducted a training "Career trajectory: how to write your own professional development scenario".

On Friday, November 5th, the training "International student mobility: how it works at UzhNU" was held by Oksana Svezhentseva, Associate Professor, the head of the Department of International Relations at UzhNU. There was also a training "The art of daily diplomacy", presented by Associate Professor of International Studies and Public Communications Department Diana Kupar.

The trainings helped the participants to develop their soft skills, such as communication skills, cooperation, self-presentation and job search, emotional intelligence, etc. Career Day is an initiative funded by the EU Delegation and implemented by the NGOs "Open Society Foundation" and "Youth Alternative".