Bashir, a young Finnish student, plans to get a master’s degree in Germany. But he needs to be flexible and open-minded to endure crises and enjoy moments of success. But it’s worth it, and it will open up completely new paths in his career.
It’s a semester break right now, and Bashir and Lea are on a bicycle tour in Finland. Lea is visiting Bashir, and she supports his plan to pursue a master’s degree abroad.
With the help of various platforms and online assistance, Bashir found a suitable German master’s programme on European Agricultural Policy. He applies at the University of Neustadt. It’s a really stress-free procedure because he can prepare almost everything online in Finland.
Bashir and Lea are back in Neustadt. Their shared time helped them to find the right next step. They want to move in together after the end of Bashir’s master’s programme. But first—graduation:
After all this intensive work and the successful graduation, Lea and Bashir are hiking in Finland. They actually planned to look for a job…
As a child, Bashir moved from India to Finland, gaining Finnish citizenship. He has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and wants to continue with a master’s programme—preferably abroad, so that he could also be close to his girlfriend Lea who lives in Germany. Thanks to Lea, he is already fairly good in German.
Bashir is very much interested in ecology and agriculture, but he also loves to exercise outside as often as he can.
Lea is Bashir’s girlfriend. They met in Germany at a workshop about organic farming. She’s studying computer science and is as much of a nature lover as Bashir.
The language requirements won’t be a problem for Bashir. He already did a test online. But he still needs to take an official placement test at the German university.
Bashir also talks to his future fellow students on social media which helps to find accommodations and student halls. Even from afar, he can already put the advice he gets to good use. He’s searching online for a room in a flat share, and he can even view the appropriate flats with a video chat tool. On his screen, Bashir can walk through various flats in Neustadt.
Bashir chose his Finnish professor as a second examiner, so the oral exam will be performed online via a conference tool.
The examination went well. Bashir gets a notification that he can now download his digital certificate in his student account. He will get the printed certificate a couple of days later on campus. But now, it’s time for celebrations!
By now, Bashir has fulfilled all academic requirements and has written and handed in his master’s thesis. The written form of his thesis was good. Bashir is incredibly pleased and relieved, and he applies for the oral examination.
Bashir is looking for suitable job offers on online platforms like Drop’pin@EURES, the European platform for job-related mobility for young people, and he’s busy applying for jobs. But soon, Bashir is irritated. Using the search engine proves to be cumbersome. And somehow, all the possible search and application options are way too narrow for his demands...
So why not get to the root of the problem right away?
Bashir and Lea, who now has a degree in computer science, decide to launch a startup and develop a plugin for European job platforms. The matchmaking tool should be able to find accordance between the applicant’s skills and the requirements of a job offer. The system will also use AI to suggest further training for relevant skills based on a user’s profile and preferred jobs. Their idea is based on the EUROPASS Platform, which ensures Europe-wide compatibility between qualifications and degrees. Lea and Bahir are joining the developer team.