EMA's Talent Management Unit organised an engaging session titled "Post-Graduation Visa and Job Search in Europe," where alumni shared their insights and experiences on pursuing post-graduation opportunities in Europe. The event featured notable speakers, including EMA's President, Dr Md Ashiqur Rahman; EMA's Vice President, Ruturaj Trivedi; former CIT Director (Ad Interim) Jane Nduta Wambura, as well as Nayab Waheed, Gunay Aghalarli, and Heba Al Kayed, who shared their expertise from Portugal, the Netherlands, France, and Spain.
The speakers provided invaluable insights into the intricate process of navigating post-graduation visa applications and the job search journey after completing the Erasmus Mundus Masters programs. Drawing from their personal experiences, they offered guidance on effectively seeking and securing employment opportunities across Europe. Additionally, they discussed specific procedures involved in obtaining post-graduation visas in the Netherlands, Spain, and France, including the application process for the orientation year visa in the Netherlands and the APS in France.
Jane Nduta Wambura is a Google Search Language Specialist in Lisbon, Portugal. She emphasised the importance of studying the immigration procedures of the desired country well in advance and beginning the job application process early. She encouraged networking during the Erasmus Mundus program and advised students not to hesitate in accepting a job that may be slightly different from their field, as it can serve as a stepping stone for future career advancements. Nayab Waheed, who completed the Leading International Vaccinology Education (LIVE) program, is currently working as a Researcher, Scientific and Technical Lead for HPV vaccine-related projects at the University of Antwerp in the Netherlands. Gunay Aghalarli, is a graduate of the European Joint Masters in Advanced Systems Dependability (DEPEND) and is currently a Junior Full Stack Developer. They provided job search tips specific to the Netherlands, including applying for the orientation year visa, which can be applied for up to three years after graduation.
Dr Md Ashiqur Rahman, a graduate of ARCHMAT and a Marie Sklodowska Curie PhD, currently serves as a Research Fellow at the Spanish National Research Council. He shared insights about visa applications and the general job search process in Spain. Ruturaj Trivedi, a graduate of the Erasmus Mundus Masters in Advanced Design of Ships and Offshore Structures (EMSHIP) program, currently works as a Lead Mechanical Calculations Engineer at Groupe M in France. He presented a couple of alternatives for job applicants with or without French degrees, and other post-Erasmus Mundus visas, as well as important links and tips.
The session ended with a Q&A session that provided valuable information and recommendations for participants. With the guidance of experienced professionals, navigating the job search process and post-graduation visa applications becomes more accessible, enabling students to embark on successful careers in their chosen fields.