Willingness to work abroad and acquire professional experience a

Willingness to work abroad and acquire professional experience a boost to job
market entry

Youngsters return from job journeys across five continents organised by Adecco
and its clients

Zurich, September 17, 2013. In view of the job crisis in Europe and
record-high youth unemployment, global staffing leader Adecco has organised
journeys for young people to gain first-hand international work experience and
share their insights of the labour market. Schemes that allow young people to
acquire work experience, both at home and abroad, are key to improving their
employability and essential to helping school leavers to successfully enter
the world of work.

On the back of the global job crisis, which hits young people particularly
hard in Southern Europe - 64.9% unemployed youth in Greece, 56.1% in Spain -
Adecco decided it was time to act and created the Adecco Way to Work(TM)
initiative. It was launched in April 2013 to give a helping hand to school
leavers and graduates in their search for a job. After the global Street Day
on 30 April, at which over 10,000 Adecco employees in 50 countries went onto
the streets, visited 300 schools and universities to offer career advice,
guidance and free training workshops, the initiative sent 9 winners of a work
experience contest around the world to gain a first-hand insight into the
world of work by taking on various jobs in a wide variety of countries and
professional fields.

The 9 winners, selected from over 23,500 contestants, received a unique
opportunity to experience the world of work in the most diverse and
international way: Adecco designed job journeys across five continents. The
winners' jobs were as varied as working with the technology start-up Mornin'
Glory in Berlin, interning with the editorial team at Cosmopolitan magazine,
spending a day with leading advertising agency IFB McCann, joining the staff
of CUPNOODLES MUSEUM in Yokohama, spending time as a chef on a cruise ship in
Norway, experiencing work at a power plant in Chile, selling beer for
world-renowned brewer Heineken in the Netherlands, working at a multinational
bank in Ho Chi Minh City or being a kids' party planner in Singapore. For a
deep dive into all job experiences and the personal insights of the winners,
visit their blogs at http://adeccoworkexperiencecontest.com/

Adecco Group CEO, Patrick De Maeseneire, who had the chance to meet winners of
the work experience contest from Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain and the US,

"I was impressed by the enthusiasm of these young people, by their desire to
learn and their openness to new and varied experiences. Acquiring hands-on
professional experience is absolutely fundamental to successfully enter the
world of work and make the right career choices. Young people must be willing
to learn languages, work abroad and show a can-do attitude: all crucial to
seizing opportunities on today's job market. My sincere thanks to our clients
around the globe who supported this initiative by providing such a varied and
enriching range of jobs for our winners."

Andri Bodmer, HR Director of the five star hotel Dolder Grand in Zurich, who
mentored a winner for a day, commented: "It is of utmost importance to acquire
work experience as early as possible, especially in order to develop the soft
skills crucial in any business in which personal or client relations are
essential. We look for people with emotional intelligence, which can only be
developed through daily work and interaction."

The winners' learnings will surely benefit them when entering the job market
in the coming months. Federico, a contest winner from Italy, commented: "Don't
believe anyone who tells you that there are no jobs out there. There are, but
we need to broaden our horizons and look a bit further afield. A job
opportunity could take you abroad for a while, and it may not be exactly what
you expected. But that's fine, because you're getting experience and a clearer
idea of what you really want to do."

With all nine winners back from their trips now, the work experience contest
and with it this year's edition of the Adecco Way to Work(TM) programme will
come to an end in September. The first edition was very well received in over
50 of the countries where Adecco operates. For a full overview of the
programme visit the main programme website www.adeccowaytowork.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AdeccoWaytoWork

Twitter: www.twitter.com/AdeccoWayToWork

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/AdeccoWaytoWork

and the comprehensive blogs of the work experience contest winners:


For further information please contact:

Adecco Corporate Press Office

Press.office@adecco.com or +41 (0) 44 878 87 87

About the Adecco Group

The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world's leading
provider of HR solutions. With over 31,000 FTE employees and around 5,200
branches, in over 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group
offers a wide variety of services, connecting more than 650,000 associates
with over 100,000 clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad
categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and
talent development, as well as outsourcing and consulting. The Adecco Group is
a Fortune Global 500 company.

Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on
the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN).

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