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Sabina Ž. Žnidaršič, PhD, University of Ljubljana Career Centre

The contemporary labour market: How to provide career guidance when we do not know exactly what future brings?

Contemporary labour market is in process of transformation and radical changes; some professions are vanishing, new professions are just coming to live and other are in the process of transformation. The key escalators of change are scientific and technological development in the 3th and 4th (and 5th) industrial revolution, globalisation, demography and ecology. The constant changes produce doubt in how the education system could follow this process. The focus of an individual’s career is shifting from certificates to competences and skills, with which an individual can qualify and cooperate in society. Radical changes on the labour market are (or at least should be) deeply connected with transformation of the society as a whole. Our traditional understanding of the concept of career needs to be re-questioned again. What is career, its meaning and its benefits for us and others?   

Sabina Ž. Žnidaršič, PhD, is a career counsellor at University of Ljubljana Career Centres. Her activities include career counselling, organising workshops, career days, consultations about opportunities abroad, entrepreneurship, internships and career camps (with topics such as self-assessment, job search, career plan, interview, written presentation, occasionally also language and computer courses, public speaking, project management and many other topics that will provide you with generic competencies for the 21st century). Her interests include movement and trends on labour market from past to future perspective. She is a historian with several years of teaching and research experiences, particularly in development of labour market in 19th century with emphasis on women’s work, professions and education in Slovenia. She is also the author of several historic monographies and articles.



Brigita Vončina, Employment Service of Slovenia

Skills in the changing world of work – trends and prospects

Technological developments, demographic shifts, globalization, migration and a climate change are the main drivers shaping the current quickly transforming world of work. 

The profound changes underway are also accompanied by substantial transformations in people’s working life, who will be increasingly likely to change employers, jobs, employment status and professions numerous times and at faster paces than ever before. Given the changes in the workplace today’s skills will not necessarily match the jobs of tomorrow, newly acquired skills may quickly become obsolete, what means people will have to increasingly learn new skills to remain employable throughout their working life. 

Policies on a national level significantly shape the effectiveness of the mechanisms through which a country activates its populations to participate in education and training, the level of labour market activation that subsequently takes place, and whether this is matched to labour market demand. To get an overview to the current situation some results of the performance of country’s skills systems will be presented.

Brigita Vončina is expert working at the Employment Service of Slovenia. with over fifteen years of experience in organisational and school psychology, including career counselling. Currently working at the Central office of the Employment Service of Slovenia, she has been responsible for the implementation of the Council recommendation on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market in Slovenia, improving processes and procedures of working with other vulnerable groups and reporting the administrative data on the long-term unemployed integration to the Commission. As a core member of the Employment Committee IG she has been carrying out the work on the selection and development of indicators which are used in monitoring the EU employment strategy. She graduated from Faculty of Arts at University of Ljubljana with a degree in psychology.