Hello everyone, my name is Alina and I am a Young European Ambassador from Ukraine.
On 24 May, my fellow Young European Ambassador Viktor Savinok and I participated in the ‘Career Days: EU’ which took place at the Ternopil National Economic University. The event was dedicated to the subject of informal education and its beneficial aspects in the Ukrainian context. This event offers participants to critically engage with consultants and other officials on the subject of their career path and future plans, interact and learn from one another, and be prepared for a future within or in association to the European Union.
The presentation of informal education and its benefits at this event centred around international study opportunities, internship and volunteering programmes, as well as a presentation on our part on the ‘Young European Neighbours’ initiative and how to get involved. It was a very interactive event and included lectures, workshops, seminars and discussion rounds in which audience members were encouraged to critically engage in.
Participants of the event, which included students, young professionals, university professors, as well as local activists, were particularly interested in our audience discussion regarding study abroad opportunities and experiences and the participation in EU programmes and projects. To this extent, Viktor and I also engaged in a stimulating dialogue with the audience on the advantages of informal education by comparing this educational model to the classic model, analyzing its potential and the importance of its application to higher education in Ukraine.
The ‘Career Days: EU’ was an amazing platform for interaction and exchange for all participants, including the many young people in attendance. It became a lively, interactive and friendly opportunity for the exchange of ideas, experiences and positive emotions.
Alina Mykytyshyn, Ukraine
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