Career guidance projects preparing students for the future

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While schools emphasise the importance of education, many students may not understand how it can translate into a career. Luckily, there are new and innovative career guidance approaches to help set your students on the right path.

Student-specific tools

Two new initiatives G-Guidance and DiagOriente aim to facilitate young people´s future career decisions as well as give career guidance practitioners and teachers the necessary tools to support them, by offering unique platforms that focuses on the individual´s skills and personal development.

G – Guidance is an ERASMUS+ financed project aimed at introducing 13 – 17-year-old´s to career guidance through the use of evidence-based career guidance models and methods and a gamified platform to engage and motivate detached and/or at-risk students. Teachers will also be offered specialised training to help guide and support students on the platform.

DiagOriente offers a free French language platform for students to help them identify their transversal skills by offering a guided orientation path. Several games have been designed to allow the students to learn about areas of interest, how their skills match up and what training offers they can access close to them. This can give school leavers a chance to explore theirs interests and options in an enjoyable way.

Online Career Guidance Tools 

In a fast-paced digitalised world, access to career guidance online is important, especially for students. Fortunately, online career guidance tools now allow more in-depth exploration of the future labour market and the skills needed in these occupations. Examples such as Sweden´s The Occupational Compass (Yrkeskompassen) show how these tools can contribute towards greater dissemination of information and increased usability of this type of information, and generate a more effective matching process.

The tool can guide student career choice by providing accurate information about current job opportunities in nearly 200 different occupations, as well as estimating future demand in the short and long term for these occupations. It also highlights the education, skills and key factors needed to pursue the chosen occupation.

This allows students to take control and make informed decisions on their future occupation.

The “one-stop shop” approach

This is a job centre with a twist, as it offers young job seekers and graduates everything they need under one roof – from career counselling to free access to a digital space and future career mapping. Having these centres allows effective sharing of knowledge, expertise, space and resources and the ability to reach a larger audience. The EU has promoted such “one-stop shops” under the reinforced Youth Guarantee, and many countries s are already integrating all services for young people in one single location.  Outcomes from two projects from Belgium and Croatia that we feature here so far include:

  • Enhanced cooperation and coordination between employment, education and social-inclusion related organisations,
  • Raised public awareness about the importance of career guidance,
  • High satisfaction rates from clientele and an increase in demand.

Brussels-based Cité des Métiers began in 2018 as an answer to the high unemployment rate in Brussels. The project gathers information in multiple languages and makes it accessible for young people, job seekers and the newly graduated in need of career advice in the Brussels capital region. By taking a multidisciplinary and multi-partnership approach, the service can reach those furthest from the labour market and offer advice and information on a wide range of employment.

Croatia´s Lifelong Career Guidance Centres (CISOK), founded in 2013,  provides Croatian citizens with free lifelong career guidance services with a special focus on youth. The intervention combines Web-based services (self-assessment questionnaires, a job exchange portal) via a Web portal (www.cisok.hr) and face-to-face services, including individual/group counselling on career management skills and workshops on job-search techniques.

Would you like to find out if such a service/tool exists in your country? One idea is to reach out to your public employment service and ask!

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