From 12 to 14 July, the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), in cooperation with the University of Pristina, has organized the first Career Development Workshop, which provided students and alumni of the University of Pristina with the relevant skills and knowledge required to be competitive on the job market in order to plan their careers with international organizations.
The workshop, held at the Faculty of Philosophy, was organized in partnership with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Embassy in Pristina.
During the workshop, the 16 participants had the chance to discuss how to start or advance their careers. In addition, they learned very practical skills, such as how to understand job descriptions, how to write resumes and motivation letters, and how to be prepared to conduct competence-based interviews when applying for a job with international organizations.
On the second day of the workshop, EULEX hosted the Pristina University’s Vice Rector for Development and Quality, Elton Bahtiri, human resources’ representatives from partner organizations and all participants at its headquarters in Pristina. EULEX’s Head of Mission, Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, welcomed them all while sharing his personal career path experience, from being a student to becoming a diplomat.
Commenting on the Mission’s engagement in organizing this initiative, EULEX’s Head of Human Resources Division, Anita Janassary, said: “We have seized the opportunity to pass on unique insights, knowledge and expertise to undergraduate and recently graduated students of Kosovo, to help them become more successful when applying for positions in international organizations in and outside of Kosovo”.
One of the participants and current student of the Faculty of Philosophy, Lundrim Sadiku, valued this learning opportunity as a very useful experience. “I have gained knowledge not only about international organizations, but also about the private sector,” Sadiku stated.