The University of Padua, founded in 1222, is one of the oldest and largest in Italy, counting more than 70,000 enrolled students, 6,000 teachers, 8 Schools, and more than 2,500 technicians and administrative units.
The Career Service of the University of Padua, founded in 1997, is a central office and its aim is to guide students and new graduates in the professional world and manage internships, trainings in Italy and abroad, EU Programmes, such as Erasmus Student Placements, Leonardo da Vinci, and others. It works jointly with firms, private and public institutions and professional associations. The office counts 20 staff employees and is organised in 4 main sections:
- Jobs and internships in Italy/abroad;
- Career Guidance (professional guidance, F2F meetings, events to present job opportunities in specific areas, seminars, fairs, company presentations, etc.);
- Observatory on the local labour market that examines employers’ needs for academic competences and monitors the quality of graduates’ jobs and new trends in the local job market;
- Counselling on careers
Recently the Career Service of the University of Padua has been greatly involved in the identification of methodologies aimed at the recognition of qualifications as well as in projects on virtual mobility for traineeships and skills portfolio.