Employment is one of the ways to facilitate the integration of foreign academics’ family members. This service will help the target group to acquire basic information about the labour market quickly. As a result, they will maintain continuity in their professional activity and improve their professional portfolio. This may also increase the financial stability and comfort of the researcher's spouses during the mobility.
Improved access to information
|Categories||Social Integration & Daily Life Family Matters Profesional & Academic Development|
|Mobility stages||During mobility phase|
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|Target groups||Internationals spouses/family members|
Well-targeted description of the key information about national and local labour market can be published on the HEI’s webpage dedicated to international staff guidance. The content of the webpage/information may include:
In addition, local Job/Career fairs or webinars could be promoted via a dedicated webpage or social media. The information could be spread within the framework of the Welcome event.
When setting up this practice consider the following:
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In the set up phase the external partners’ task is mainly to advise the HEI’s staff on the presented information.
@ Employers association: promoting the association’s activities, showing the country/regional labour market realities/specificities and opportunities for international staff’s spouses/partners to be active in the labour market.
@ Career advisor: may promote theit services such as personal branding, writing effective resumes, developing and modifying a career plan, effective job searching and networking.
@ Job platform: promoting the platform’s services and functionalities.
@ Employer (with a high demand of international staff): promoting the company and possibly headhunting new employees. Representative of international companies/organisations can be invited as speakers to the career events/ orientation sessions presenting a company's profile, job opportunities, enabling thus also professional networking.
The delivery activities can include:
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@ all: In the delivery phase, the external partners’ role is mainly to deliver updated information and to answer requests and questions from the HEI’s staff.
The Finish University of Jyväskylä has included a short description of employment possibilities for international staff’s spouses on a general website dedicated to international staff guidance. The communication summarises the key information on work possibilities and practicalities concerning Finish labour market. It also includes links to the most important labour market institutions and job platforms.
The University of Iceland’s webpage summarises the most important information about the national labour market to support the international staff spouses in integration. Apart from introduction to the Iceland’s labour market the page also includes some information on leading sector companies in the country and links to recruitment agencies. The page is a part of a wider guide prepared by the International Staff Services Welcome Centre.
Erasmus University Rotterdam is offering the international staff’s spouses Dual Career Programme which is aimed at assistance in job search on the Dutch labour market. The programme proposes personalised support in the form of three-step plan: orientation, training and networking. The programme is offered in cooperation with the universities of Leiden and Delft.
The Dual Career Nordbayern Network aims to win and retain top talents, in particular dual career couples who are considering relocating to northern Bavaria. Depending on available capacities, dual career services may be primarily offered to partners of newly-appointed managerial staff in higher-level positions in the central administration of our member organisations, as well as junior group leaders in non-university research establishments and promoted as one of the benefits for experienced international academics to pursue their career at the HEIs or research oragisation in the region.
The International House of Copenhagen offers dedicated career programmes for spouses with bachelor's degree or higher education (both online and physical format) as well as the spouses with lower that bachelor's degree.