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A Guide for Highly Skilled Migrants: Transferring your skills into self-employment

Migrants face many barriers in their entrepreneurial journey; institutional barriers, challenges in accessing to finance, cultural constraints and lack of entrepreneurial skills and competences. We have developed a Guide for Highly Skilled Migrants aims to provide help people to transcend the last barrier with relevant guidance. The guide has been developed within the context of MIGRAPRENEURS – “Entrepreneurial and Intrapreneurial Mindset Development for Highly Skilled Migrants in Europe”, an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Project supported by EC and British National Agency. A summary of the guide is given below.

The guide with the theme of transferring skills into self-employment has been developed for mainly migrants / refugees who are unemployed or working beneath their skill level in their host countries. It helps to discover your entrepreneurship / intrapreneurship skills, how to put them into practice with practical country specific information on how to setup a business in UK, France, Spain and Turkey.

Transferring skills simply means the use of skills developed through personal experience in either education or employment to perform other roles in future employment. Although many people have heard about transferrable skills, some of them actually know what they are and, very few know which ones they have and how to use them. The guide provides valuable insights for Migrapreneurs belong to the last group, about what entrepreneurship skills are, which of the existing skills can be transferred to entrepreneurship / intrapreneurship and how to transfer them.

Entrepreneurship is defined as an act of pursuing opportunities and ides and transform them into value for others. As a transversal competence, entrepreneurship can be relevant to all individuals coming from a broad range of education backgrounds, occupations and sectors. This means that, transferring skills and competences from the previous engagements to entrepreneurship can be easier than to some other career paths.   The key to transferring skills to entrepreneurship is paying attention to the skills that you are already using or developing in every sphere of your life. This process will also help you to know yourself better and make a wise decision whether to choose self-employment.

If you choose self-employment with a true belief of that you can really do this in a different country and with your present skill-set, you should dive deeper about the relevant setup procedures in your host country. You are lucky if you are planning your business within EU, as an EU citizen, as you most probably will have equal access to everything. But in case you are an entrepreneur coming from outside Europe, but willing to setup your business in one of EU member countries, you will have to consider the differences present in national regulations even between the EU member countries. For instance, in the UK meeting national language requirement is one of the eligibility criteria to apply for entrepreneur visa, it is not among the criteria set in France, Spain or Turkey. In Turkey, while some of the professional careers, such as; dentistry, nursing, advocacy, etc. are only accessible to Turkish citizens, it is not the case in the UK, France and Spain.

Doing business online is another way of activity that you might want to choose, as most of the barriers for traditional businesses do not apply for online business. E-commerce is the common method for selling products in or across the continent.  The major steps for starting an online shop comprise of; market research, setting up an online platform and developing a proper marketing strategy.

More details about all these introductory tips are provided within the guide.

You can contact us for more information.

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