What’s next? Ideas and opportunities for working, learning, volunteering and something more…
What’s next? What comes afterwards? Do you go back home or stay in Poland? Do you wand to live and work abroad? Are you looking for a job and want to start a career? Do you want to learn something new? Continue your studies? Engage in another volunteer service? Discover the world? – This article provides ideas and inspiration for working, learning, volunteering and something more.
We often work with volunteers who work and live up to one year in Poland. During our meetings, we often address future-related questions, the life after their voluntary service: What’s next? What will you do after EVS (European Voluntary Service)? Are you going back home or stay in Poland? Are you looking for a job and starting a career? In your own country? In Poland? Somewhere else abroad? Do you want to learn something new? Continue your studies? Engage in another volunteer service? Discover the world? Etc.
If there is no wind, row.
One part of our seminars, we present a list of ideas and opportunities, that are out there concerning…
- volunteering and
- something more…
This list of ideas and opportunities is work in progress. It grew over the years, when older links became obsolete and new ones had been added. If you know some more, please add them in the comment section.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Nowadays it is not only an opportunity, but – looking at the statistics of youth unemployment rates in Europe – often a necessity to leave your region and find work elsewhere. If working abroad is an option for you, you might check out various job websites and portals.
Job websites and portals (European Union)
EURES | EURopean Employment Services
EU-Careers | European Personnel Selection Office
EuroBrussels | The European Affairs Website
EurActive | EurActive Job Site
Job search platforms (worldwide)
indeed | Job Search
Monster | Job Search, Career Advice and Hiring Resources
SimplyHired | Job Search Engine
jooble | Searching jobs around the world
iAgora | Globalise your CV
Worth trying could be also professional social networks, like: linkedIn . Based on your profile, linkedIn sends out regularly news about companies, that look for candidates with a similar profile in your region.
Working in Poland
A lot of volunteers also consider to stay in Poland after finishing their service. Just a few words about their starting points: A lot of them start off doing something with their own language, e.g. language teaching or translations services. They are quite successful, if they avoid bigger cities. Others find some English speaking jobs or internships around International Organisations in Poland, e.g. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), United Nations Development Programme (UNPD), European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML), EU Delegations, Diplomatic Missions, Greenpeace, etc. Another strategy is to look for job offers from international corporations, which have their seat in Poland.
But… sooner than later, you have to know the language.
Job search websites and platforms with their equivalent in Poland
EURES in Poland | EURopean Employment Services EURES activities in Poland include organisation of information meetings, consultancy days and job fairs. Addresses and phone numbers of offices authorised to provide EURES network services can be found here (mostly Wojewódzkie Urzędy Pracy).
Country-specific job portals for Poland
Jobpilot [since 2016 redirecting to MonsterPolska]
Some of these sites (pracuj.pl, goldenline.pl) work like linkedIn: you can create your own profile online and you receive regularly job offers related to your qualifications.
Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) you find in Poland under one roof: Portal organizacji pozarządowych (ngo.pl ).
Or, check out the facebook group Work in Poland
Studying in Europe (EU)
Information about tuition fees around Europe you may find at the European Youth Portal .
The best places to study for a degree in Europe by @tessreidy
14 Countries Where You Can Study For Free (Or On A Budget) by @SimoneFluckiger
Studying in Poland
Internships European Union
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has had a profound effect on how we learn, broaden our knowledge and develop new skills: Online courses and so called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have become more and more popular. Universities and educational institutions invested in online learning platforms and offer online learning opportunities, that allow us to dive into any topic you, like from computer science, programming, Greek history, business, marketing, philosophy, psychology, meditation, self-development, and many more.
Find out more: Online learning opportunities | Learn Something New Anytime, Anywhere!
Information and opportunities for young people who are living, learning and working in Europe / European Union provides the European Youth Portal .
European Voluntary Service
see the chaptet on volunteer opportunities
Youth Exchanges and Youth Projects
Qualification for international Youth Work
Volunteering in another country is a great opportunity to help others and support a local project/ community. It allows young people to live and work abroad and experience and explore a different culture, whilst learning new skills that could be helpful in the future.
Erasmus+ volunteer opportunities
Read also the following article: Volunteer opportunities: The New European Solidarity Corps (ESC) Programme
Other organisations you find here
SCI, ICYE and many Alliance partners offer also mid- and long-term volunteer opportunities.
Volunteer oportunities (search platforms)
Professional development co-operation / development aid
Joining a community
Working & Traveling
Finding an accomodation
Missing anything? Please add you favourite in the comment section!
Last updated: April 2017