Originally Posted by msuffern
The last time I was there (2004), my feel for the state of the culture was that they were "ahead" of Americans in terms of cell phone usage--literally everybody had one and knew how to use it--but internet sophistication was "behind," with many, many poorly-designed websites and lots of internet cafes vs. home use, which said to me that the web is less integrated into daily life there than it is here.
That's generally the picture in Europe. Mobile technology (cell phones) is ahead (you can do tons of stuff with your cell phone even in Croatia, like pay your parking, pay your tram ticket...), but web design isn't very... pretty (for the most part), but it is improving (at least where I live).
Native-speaker knowledge of English is an asset across Europe, but like I said, it's more important for most of them to be able to speak with you face to face (even in the early stages of applying) than what your skills are.
a good start for you as far as visas go. The European Union doesn't have borders, so once you're in, you can go from France to Hungary without anyone asking you for your passport.