The idea for the JopApp project began a quiet afternoon of 2014 in Brussels. After a long day we sat in the lobby of the hotel with Lithuanian, Belgian, Portuguese and Basque friends. The conversation started with girlfriend Rasa Zygmantaite from the University of Mariampoles, Lithuania, about the problems faced by students who practice abroad.
Differences in country-by-country culture, economic differences, differences in insurance policies and much more can easily turn a unique chance like the job placement abroad into a nightmare. I still remember Mantas from Lithuania, who worked for p-consulting.gr, staying out of our company at 11 o’clock night because he had run out of money and needed free wifi … and security called us to warn for suspicious behavior of an unknown person !
from idea to project
This conversation has evolved into a wonderful experience. Life experience one would say! From the preparation of the proposal, the festivities in its approval (it was only then our second European project), the difficulties in implementation, the mutual support of the partners, the successive communications with the respective national authorities, the anxiety and the satisfaction . We still remember the smiles of young students in Thessaloniki at the EfVET Conference last year that they thanked us for this “cool JopApp thing”.
Research, pilot implementation, dissemination and exploitation of technology are the results of this experience. An Android application can be downloaded for free and used in order to find key points applying to the preparation and implementation of the job placement of a student in another country than the one it lives. Details of this can be found on the JOPAPP project website
There are many times when professional life touches personal and one shapes the other. In this case, professional life has given a lot to our personal! Professional relationships have developed into personal friendships, and even today there are moments that we meet across Europe, and we still wonderfully remember moments of infinite laughter (which at that time were moments of great anxiety and difficulty) and fill us full.
This experience filled us with joyful moments and intense ones.
It still fills us as soon as we just learned that our project is now an Example of Good Practice from the European Union! Great honour but also satisfaction for our efforts.
Efforts which their non-material reward is priceless!
That’s why we love our work!