erazmusA recent study investigating the impact of mobility on employability, skills development, institutional development and the internationalization of higher education institutions in Europe has shown that students who study abroad have greater possibilities at finding a job after graduation than those who don’t.

As reported in an article on the World Economic Forum’s blog, on average Erasmus students are more likely to get a job after studying abroad than 70% of all students. By the time they returned to their country of origin, in fact, they increased their advantage by 42%, and 81% of them perceived an improvement in their soft skills.

According to the mentioned study, 64% of employers consider international experience as important for recruiting, and acknowledge that graduates with an international background receive greater professional responsibility more often.

Of the employers questioned, 92% said they preferred their recruits to have soft (or transversal) skills; 91% said they prioritized knowledge of the field and 78% felt relevant work experience was most important.

Lastly, it is significant to see that the unemployment rate of Erasmus students five years after graduation is 23% lower than the norm.

The Irish poet W.B.Yeats wrote:

The intellect of man is forced to choose
perfection of the life, or of the work,
And if it take the second must refuse
A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.
When all that story’s finished, what’s the news?
In luck or out the toil has left its mark:
That old perplexity an empty purse,
Or the day’s vanity, the night’s remorse.

The point is, in both Yeats’ perspectives, to make the choice that best fills our time, that enhances it with sense and strengthens with valuable experience.

As for the Erasmus, there are many experiences that enrich a life with value, that let us pass with ease along difficulties and help us to look forward, beyond.

The intellect of a man is no longer forced to choose the perfection of the life over the one of the work. The two spheres can coexist with a common sense of belonging to a changing, evolving, growing society, that multiplies opportunities. Opportunities that exist, for those who are willing to grasp them.