The developmental path of a young person from education to work and a stable career in the past seemed rather monotonous, as our parents can confirm. They were educated for a certain profession, found a complementary job, and worked on the same position until they retired. Changing careers and occupations was a rarity, while spending an entire work-life in one company was a common thing. Over time, all that began to change and adapt to the modern age and new generations of young people who had different needs and career goals. Work became different. Suddenly, young people had the opportunity to make choices, and change their career goals. Besides these changes, one of the key demands became a demand for mobility. By mobility we mean travel, changing the environment to acquire skills, meet other similar young people, exchange experiences and ideas, with the goal of professional advancement. For example, mobility occurs when we want to enroll into a certain college or when we get an offer for a dream job in another city.
Of course, internet contains numerous possibilities for learning, employment, education and everything one person needs for developing new skills. However, as the internet may seem like an endless constellation of information, at the first glance, it can also be very confusing when some tries to find a specific type of information. To create some order in that constellation and make it’s elements clear and accessible, a team of experts from the Western Balkans (Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Northern Macedonia and Albania) came up with an idea to create an innovative platform under called WeB4JOBS which aims to respond to the mentioned key needs of young people - lifelong development and mobility.
Western Balkans, as an area of small cultural differences and great similarities among people, has become an accessible location for all young people who want to connect with their peers and realize their authentic ideas.
Traveling and changing jobs to find work in the whole region has become much easier, but there are still some restrictions, regarding the need for the various documents and procedures that need to comply to obtain a work permit. To overcome these limitations, young people can find information on the WeB4JOBS platform about the documents and permits they need to find in order to reach a desired type of employment or education.
Having studied well the conditions for employment in the countries of the Western Balkan region, within this platform, young people can access and search for available jobs offered in these countries. WeB4JOBS contains a database of current job ads with all necessary details for submitting the job application. However, if you cannot find a suitable job offer at that time, within the platform you can approach a job search database that contains various websites for job hunting. For those who have innovative ideas and want to try themselves in the field of entrepreneurship, they can find relevant information on the WeB4JOBS platform in the section named: Self-employment.
Therefore, although at the moment we are all sitting at home and waiting for the weakening of the measures active due to the COVID-19 virus, we can work on planning our mobility for the next period through this platform.
Career development and education
Some young people are still in the process of education, while some would like to change their career path. If you want to learn some new skills, the platform contains a database of sites that offer training, both online and offline. In this way, you can easily find a suitable course in the area that interests you and embark on the path of acquiring new skills. On the other hand, on the WeB4JOBS platform, there is a database of faculties, but also websites where you can find all current information about studies and study opportunities for young people. As the career path is no longer a one-way street and as young people face several challenges and decisions they need to make regarding their careers, they also need adequate information. The necessary resources for this can be found on the WeB4JOBS platform, where each person can find something to their liking according to their interests.
With WeB4JOBS, the endless constellation of the Internet got its structure and made it easier for a young person to find their way around, and the search for career opportunities became more than simple. The platform contains the following sections:
• Training opportunities
• Active job search
• Career information
• Current job postings
• Ads for freelance jobs
• Current internships
In that constellation, all of its parts are now clearly distinguished - youth mobility, to exchange ideas and gain experience through work, but also lifelong development, which consists of training opportunities, formal education base, career counseling, and similar. WeB4JOBS has thus become a unique one-stop-shop station that serves to integrate and promote the mobility of young people from the Western Balkans but also to provide all online services for better career development. Therefore, hurry up and click on this link, get familiar with this platform and embark on the development of your career path.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.