All for Guidance and Guidance for All: Enhancing the Career Guidance Services through Cooperation

About the topic

Considering that career guidance and counselling (CGC) services are usually provided by organizations and institutions from the following sectors – education, youth and employment, cooperation is embraced as crucial mechanism for overcoming the challenges in the constantly changing world and meeting the needs of the clients from various backgrounds. Recognizing the importance of the cooperation, this  Cross-border seminar will turn the spotlight on joint initiatives and examples of good practices of cross-sectoral and cross-institutional cooperation, as well as intersectoral activities established to enhance the quality of career guidance and counselling (CGC) services through developing local partnerships, international projects, digital and/or other tools and platforms for communication and cooperation of guidance practitioners, policy documents, etc.

Programme of the seminar

CBS Day 0

17:00-17:30
Gathering of participants

17.30-18.30
Warm-up Activities

Participate in short informal networking activity, get to know other participants and programme of the next 2 days. The activity will take place at the same venue as the rest of the seminar.

18.30-19.30
Joint dinner

Provided by the organiser.

CBS Day 1

10:00 – 11:00
Opening and Keynote

Welcoming and introductory words followed by opening keynote speech by Aleksandra Pejatović, professor and researcher, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade.

11:30 – 13:00
Parallel workshops – session 1

Participate in one of four parallel workshops led by guidance experts and practitioners from participating countries.

All registered participants will be given an opportunity to choose the workshops before the event.

14:00 – 15:30
Parallel workshops – session 2

Participate in one of four parallel workshops led by guidance experts and practitioners from participating countries.

All registered participants will be given an opportunity to choose the workshops before the event.

Cultural programme and joint dinner
17.30-19.00 – Experience Belgrade

Learn about Belgrade and Serbia and experience the charm of the Serbian capital.

19.00 – Joint dinner

Meet new colleagues in more informal way and experience Serbian cuisine.

CBS Day 2

09:30 – 11:00

Parallel workshops – session 3

Participate in one of four parallel workshops led by guidance experts and practitioners from participating countries.

All registered participants will be given an opportunity to choose the workshops before the event.

11:30 – 13:00

Parallel workshops – session 4

Participate in one of four parallel workshops led by guidance experts and practitioners from participating countries.

All registered participants will be given an opportunity to choose the workshops before the event.

14:00 – 14:45

Closing keynote

At the very end we will take a broader look at the future of the career guidance with the help of the keynote speaker, Gordon Purvis, Human Capital Development Expert, ETF.

National Euroguidance-Europass conference

All CBS participants are welcome to stay for an additional day at the national Euroguidance-Europass conference. Please indicate your interest when registering for the CBS. The participation at the national conference is free of charge.

10:00 – 13:30

Keynote, News in the field of career guidance and examples of good practice

The first part of the conference will include a keynote by international expert and presentation of good practices and newest policy initiatives.

14:30 – 16:15

Supporting young people in transitions

The second part of the conference will focus on career needs of young people and how to address them through presentation from the keynote speaker and panel discussion.

Keynotes and workshops

Career Guidance and Counseling Services Provided by Different Sectors: From Specific to Compatible

Career Guidance and Counseling Services Provided by Different Sectors: From Specific to Compatible

Aleksandra Pejatović and Kristina Robertson

PhD Aleksandra Pejatović is a full professor at the University of Belgrade (Serbia) - Faculty of Philosophy, at the Department for Pedagogy and Andragogy. The following areas represent the ones she studies and lectures most: educational needs of adults; skill and training needs analysis; vocational adult education and training; quality of life of adults; evaluation in adult education; quality of adult education; career counseling and guidance in adulthood; value orientations of adults, etc.
Kristina Robertson is a PhD Student and Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Philosophy, Department for Pedagogy and Andragogy.

Czech online community for career counsellors

Czech online community for career counsellors

Lucie Václavková, career counsellor and lecturer
The workshop will introduce an online community that connects career counsellors, trainers, coaches and other professionals involved in career counselling in different institutions (schools, labour offices, NGOs or commercial sector). The group was founded five years ago and currently has more than 1500 members from various places in the Czech Republic and even Slovakia. It has succeeded in creating a space for sharing experience, networking and cooperation, peer to peer learning and co-careering as well as education and personal development of career counsellors. The Facebook group environment offers the opportunity to connect 24/7, from anywhere, just connect to the internet, via PC, laptop, tablet or mobile, all for free. Counsellors appreciate updates on career counselling and the labour market, especially methodologies for working with pupils, students or other clients. They also find out about training opportunities, whether courses, conferences or study programmes. They also often take the opportunity to ask questions of other colleagues and appreciate the sharing of know-how across different organisations. Several live meetings have also taken place and more are planned for the future.

Unlocking Success: The Power of Collaboration in Career Guidance

Unlocking Success: The Power of Collaboration in Career Guidance

Alice Braun, German Federal Employment Agency
Germany is facing severe labor shortages. 73.000 apprenticeship positions remained unfilled in 2023. At the same time, the number of applicants unable to find an apprenticeship position is increasing. Matching is the biggest challenge.

A good career orientation is essential to address this problem, and we can only achieve it together: when schools, businesses, the Federal Employment Agency, and all stakeholders involved in the school-to-work transition work hand in hand. This is precisely the goal of 'SCHULEWIRTSCHAFT' (='School-Business Network').

In this workshop, we present the projects and structures of 'SCHULEWIRTSCHAFT'. You will learn how the cross-sectoral network SCHULEWIRTSCHAFT brings together businesses, schools, and the Federal Employment Agency to collaboratively shape the transition from school to career. We will discuss how the nationwide network is coordinated, how our excellence academy offers webinars on various career orientation-related topics, how we recognize exemplary school-business partnerships, and how we award a quality seal to schools with outstanding career orientation programs.

The Collaborative Thread in Career Guidance for VET Students

The Collaborative Thread in Career Guidance for VET Students

Katrina Sevruka, Social Integration State Agency
oin us in unraveling the intricate tapestry of career guidance for Vocational Education and Training (VET) students, as we explore the transformative power of collaboration. Against the backdrop of the conference this workshop invites participants to thread the needle of partnership-building with finesse and purpose. Facilitated by an expert with a decade of experience in vocational rehabilitation and stakeholder engagement, this workshop unveils the artistry of weaving together disparate strands of expertise to craft a cohesive framework for student success as a result. Through dynamic discussions and interactive exercises, participants will unravel the complexities of interdisciplinary collaboration and emerge equipped with practical strategies to forge meaningful partnerships.

Social Media Power

Social Media Power

Natalia Kłubko - The National Europass & Euroguidance Centre Ambassador
The aim of the worhshop is to equip career advisors with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively utilize social media for promoting their services and establishing collaborations with other organizations. In today's digital age, social media platforms offer powerful tools for outreach, networking, and brand building. By harnessing the potential of social media, career advisors can expand their reach, engage with a wider audience, and showcase their expertise and services to potential clients or partners.
The training will cover various aspects of social media management, including:
• Exploring the role of social media, especially LinkedIn;
• Building online relations with other organization and specialists;
• Building professional personal brand;
• Crafting engaging content.
Moreover, the training will explore strategies for building partnerships and collaborations through social media channels. By connecting with relevant organizations, career advisors can tap into new resources, expand their referral networks, and offer more comprehensive support to their clients.
Overall, the training aims to empower career advisors with the tools and confidence to navigate the digital landscape effectively, enhance their visibility and credibility, and ultimately, better serve their clients and stakeholders in the dynamic world of career development.

Career and Development Path Exploration through Metaphors

Career and Development Path Exploration through Metaphors

Marlena Pujsza-Kunikowska -Europass & Euroguidance ambassador
This is engaging workshop on exploring metaphorical cards such as Dixit, Points of View, and more. These cards serve as versatile tools that can enhance networking sessions, foster team cohesion, and most importantly, facilitate self-discovery and resource exploration.

During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with various types of metaphorical cards and delve into their applications across different contexts. Through interactive exercises and discussions, attendees will learn how to leverage these cards effectively for networking, team building, and personal growth. Discover new perspectives, strengthen connections, and unearth hidden resources with the power of metaphorical cards.

Empowering Futures: Exploring Careers with Cooperative Solutions

Empowering Futures: Exploring Careers with Cooperative Solutions

Sílvia Oliveira (Municipality of Póvoa do Lanhoso) and Ana Martins (Póvoa do Lanhoso School Cluster)
The inter-institutional cooperation between the ‘CIM do Ave’, an inter-municipal network of School Psychologists from the Northern Zone, with a particular focus on the Portuguese city of Póvoa de Lanhoso, reflects a joint effort to develop and implement career intervention tools aimed at 9th grade/elementary and secondary school students. This project aims to equip young people with the skills they need to make informed and conscious choices about their academic and career paths. Through effective collaboration between school psychologists, educational agents, and local institutions such as schools, universities and companies, an adaptive career intervention model has been developed. This model includes workshops, guidance sessions and the development of support materials that facilitate the exploration of interests and aptitudes, as well as an understanding of the labour market. This partnership not only strengthens the student's support network within the school environment, but also promotes a solid foundation for their personal and professional development, which is essential for building a promising future.

Inclusive Connections: Collaborative pathways working with Difficult-to-Employ Persons

Inclusive Connections: Collaborative pathways working with Difficult-to-Employ Persons

Julija Milović, social worker
Participants will gain insights into a specialized training program for "Counselors for Difficult-to-Employ Persons" and "Community Coordinators for Difficult-to-Employ People," developed in collaboration with nine partners across three countries.

This interactive workshop underscores the critical role of cooperation and networking with other institutions and employers to foster more inclusive and supportive communities and workplaces.
Through a combination of sharing best practices, analyzing specialized case studies, brainstorming new ideas for cross-institutional collaboration, and developing targeted action plans, participants will gain practical insights and tools to enhance their career counseling service.

A step forward towards comprehensive career guidance services: partnership between counselors and employers

A step forward towards comprehensive career guidance services: partnership between counselors and employers

Marija Milosavljević, Marina Lukić, Belgrade Open School
The workshop will focus on examples of good practices of cooperation with representatives of the national employment service, employment agencies, and employers in the context of introducing and improving career guidance and counseling services. The workshop will focus on the improvement of support services for the unemployed, people undergoing career transitions, and migrants and synergies between institutions and the civil sector.

Circle of support

Circle of support

Marija Jovanović and Lidija Bukvić, CEPORA
NGO CEPORA - The Center for positive development of youth developed a specialized program for enhancing the employability of young people from vulnerable groups (foster care, youth at risk, NEETs, etc. The programme includes group training on the topic of business skills and individual career guidance. The group activities are interactive and based on experiential learning.  The key topics of the workshops include self-assessment and presentation of skills, decision making,job-seeking skills, writing CV, preparation for the interview and development of career management skills.
During the CBS workshop, 2 experts from CEPORA will share their experience and methods. 

More coming soon.

FAQ

Who will participate? How to register?

Guidance practitioners, researchers and experts from 11 organizing countries will participate in the CBS. National Euroguidance centres decide on experts and practitioners from the country who will participate. The registration is open until June 20th on the link on this website.

Is there a participation fee and what does it cover?

Yes, there is a registration fee (130 EUR) and it covers meals and coffee breaks for participants during the seminar, cultural activity, plenary and workshop room rentals, seminar material, technical support and joint diners. The accommodation and travel costs are either paid by the sending Euroguidance centres or by participants themselves.

Accommodation during the seminar?

The event will be organised at the Envoy Conference, Gospodar Jevremova, 47, Belgrade; there are several hotels in a close proximity of the venue. We have provided info-pack with recommendation for the accommodation, but Euroguidance centres or participants themselves should book the accommodation.

How to choose the workshops?

All registered participants will receive an email invitation to choose the workshops they would like to participate in.

Some general information about the city?

The official currency is Serbian dinar (RSD), you will get approximately 117 RSD for 1 EURO. There are a lot of exchange offices all over the
city that are clearly marked and safe. You may pay almost everywhere by card. We will arrange sightseeing, but if you want to get to know the city before your arrival check out our tourist info website: www.tob.rs/en

Transportation in Belgrade?

To navigate public transport in Belgrade, Moovit app is a good place to look for information as well as Google maps.
Тo get from the airport to the city center by bus, take bus line 72 at the airport and get off at Zeleni Venac station. To buy a bus ticket, you can text “A1” to the number 9011. Taxi service may be reached by apps, we recommend NaxiS taxi and Pink taxi. We don’t have Uber or Bolt, but there is CarGo as a similar service. There are taxi vouchers (fixed price for the ride) available at the airport.

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