Erasmus internship helped me find a job – Jonathan Rafferty


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A story by: Jonathan Rafferty

Country of origin: United Kingdom; Destination Country: Spain

I decided to take part in the mobility experience to continue living in Spain, while improving my Spanish language skills and business experience and knowledge I also hoped that while living there I could find an opportunity or network and possibly find a job, despite the economic position. I would have very much liked to have stayed in Seville and continued working there but the opportunity to do so didn’t present itself so I had to come home and found a job within a month of being home. I am still hopeful of returning to the country in a working capacity, but this seems bleak until the situation improves in Spain. From a personal and professional point of view the experience gave me a huge amount, I started on my first steps to gaining professional experience, it helped me to improve my Spanish, and gain confidence and ability within a working environment. Personally, I was very happy to Spend another few months in Spain, especially a new part of it that I had never been to before. I feel that it helped me to feel more European or involved in the EU and I would have definitely wanted to stay in Spain. I would 100% recommend the mobility programme to anyone who wants to gain international experience and or wanting to learn a language or develop their current language ability whilst gaining some valuable experience in a foreign country


Madeline Blackburn - Intern Europe

Having taught all over the world, Madeline is passionate helping young people to find work opportunities overseas. She is a co-director of Intern Europe and ESPA which are dedicated to helping young adults find great work experience and internships across Europe.

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