Since its foundation in 2013, the Euroguidance Centre of Serbia has dedicated special attention to the development of career practitioners’ competencies in respect of career guidance and counselling. Cooperating with teachers, professional associates, career counsellors, youth workers and other people involved in the fields of education, employment and youth work, the Euroguidance Centre has been developing and improving its activities so as to address current needs of people working in this field. Below, we present the activities and resources available to career practitioners aiming to improve their knowledge and skills in the field of career guidance and counselling.
In the last call of the Institute for the Improvement of Education, the Euroguidance and Europass Centres of the Foundation Tempus accredited five training courses:
The Career Guidance and Counselling in Secondary Schools training course is intended for teachers, professional associates and other secondary school staff who do not have extensive experience in the area of CG&C but would like to become familiar with this area and teachers’ roles in these activities. The training course was also accredited in the previous accreditation cycle, during which around 700 teachers and professional associates attended the course. The training course is listed in the Catalogue of the Institute for the Improvement of Education, under No 35, and it brings 8 professional development points.
The Improvement of the Quality of Career Guidance Activities through Efficient Work Planning of the School Career Guidance and Counselling (CG&C) Team / Professional Orientation (PO) Team is a training course intended for experienced teachers and professional associates who are already involved in these activities and the work of the CG&C team / PO team. Since every school is different with regard to students and available resources, a significant part of the seminar deals with developing options for activities corresponding to the circumstances of individual schools. The training course is listed in the Catalogue of the Institute for the Improvement of Education, under No 87, and brings 8 professional development points.
The Improvement of Teachers’ and Professional Associates’ Competencies for Career Guidance and Counselling Activities is a training course lasting 18 hours in total over 5 weeks. The course is predominately carried out on an online platform, with one session in person. The training course is listed in the Catalogue of the Institute for the Improvement of Education, under No 88, and it brings 18 professional development points.
The Preparation of Students for the Job Market: Skill Self-Assessment and Introducing Oneself to Employees is listed in the Catalogue of the Institute for the Improvement of Education under No 70, and it brings 8 professional development points. The training course aims to improve teachers’ and professional associates’ skills for preparing students for the job market through interactive work and exchange with other participants.
An online course entitled Career Information for Students and Europass Tools for Presenting Skills and Knowledge lasts 5 weeks and brings 12 points. The training course is listed in the Catalogue of the Institute for the Improvement of Education under No 36, and it covers the following topics: career information for students, presenting oneself to employers by means of a CV and other tools, and exploring career information resources.