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Euroguidance centres of the participating countries and experts are providing several interesting workshops for registered participants of the Cross border seminar. Please review workshops's abstracts and participating experts and register for selected workshop by link provided by your national Euroguidance centre.

Skilled for the future?

Together we will try to look ahead and recognize the skills of the future. We will not only come out of our previous experiences and skills, but also from our own characteristics, aspirations and private or professional ambitions. The workshop will focus on different methods and techniques, lectures, role-plays and group work.

Uroš Kopavnik is career counsellor for jobseekers, students and pupils at Career Centre Kranj of the Employment Service of Slovenia. He also coordinates and implements work at the Career Center, while developing new methods, contents and approaches for individual or group career counseling. In his career counselling work, he always focuses on the individual's advantages and opportunities in the labor market.


Career Guidance for Teachers: An Example of Short Training programme

Contemporary life-long career guidance service in school is no more only the domain of school counsellors. It mobilizes the entire school staff. In this respect National School for Leadership in Education launched short training programme for teachers in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools. The activities in this training programme were focused primarily on the understanding of the career management skills concept and on the solutions for its implementation into educational programme as a whole. The training programme that took eight hours will be presented. The workshop will include also a practical exercise with the participants.

Miha Lovšin PhD, Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for VET works at the Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for VET (IRSVET) as senior advisor for guidance since 2007. Currently he works as chief editor and manager of the national web site for career guidance (2009-), head of the National expert group for lifelong guidance (2014-), Technical delegate in WorldSkills Europe, organization that aims to prepare European skills competition EUROSKILLS (2008-) and as a CareersNet expert (2017-). He is a holder of PhD in Educational science, thesis title: Career Choice of Youngsters in Social and Cultural Context. He is also the author of many expert and scientific articles relating to career guidance and lecturers at the workshops and seminars on career guidance for school counselors and teachers.

Lea Avguštin, National School for Leadership in Education, works at the National school for Leadership in Education as project coordinator and lecturer since 2010. Among others she is currently involved in pilot project Career development of educational staff and international project LeadCareer. She is also a member of Slovenian Association for career guidance.



Where and how find clients’ qualities for future?

In creative way we will look at the process of discovering qualities for the future of our clients. How to continue working with them. In the first part we´ll discuss about qualities for the future and why they are so important. Than we will offer you way how to improve their qualities for better succeed on the labour market. And big question is, how to leave clients unique in a changing world?

Bc. Martina Milotová works as career counsellor with students, adults and teachers. She has also experience with career counselling with Roma people. She prefers creative work and solution focus approach. 

Mgr. Pavlína Vašátová works as talent counsellor with students and adults. She likes creative techniques in her work. 

How to choose a school 

What about the old skills? – Brain works versus digitalisation

What consequences has digitalisation on humans? And how to deal with it? A view from the edge between counselling and science.

Dr. rer. nat. Bernd Lienstädt is counsellor for academic professions with scientific background as research associate at the neurobiological department of the University of Bremen, Germany.


New skills for future jobs – Good Morning 2030!

The workshop will investigate the latest  ideas and predictitions regarding future skills forecasts, based on the evidence from surveys and studies. During the workshop, be prepared to receive several wake-up calls on what to do, how and why regarding the upcoming skills revolution of Economy 4.0. The participant is asked to be active and responsive on the basic questions of what, how and why in future skills and in digital education.  It is obvious that this is the one of last period of time, when more than ever, the local stakeholders need to support each other to find a  locally approved, but global answer for the digital tsunami on the horizon.  

The second part of the  workshop will  interactively collect best practices and workable solutions on tools and ideas, and also dilemmas, to give a proper good morning salute for 2030, which is literally at our doorbells.  

Tamás Jankó, representing the Centre for Digital Pedagogy and Methodology in Hungary, Budapest, ( worked for development projects in the past nineteen years, since 2000,  for the Hungarian Government. During the last three years, as a senior adviser, Mr. Jankó was heavily involved supporting the digital transformation of Vocational Education and Adult Learning in Hungary, took part drafting some of the texts for the Digital Workforce Programme, also supported the I. Digital Vocational Education Conference of Hungary, at Debrecen, in 2018. Regarding the international level cooperation, he is deputy member of the ET 2020 Digital Education, Learning, Assessment and Teaching (WG DELTA) working group since 2018, and a full member of the ESF Transnationality Learning& Skills Network since 2016. As a national coordinator, he has supervised the fine-tuning process of the translation of the Hungarian version of SELFIE_EU, a school level digital self-assessment tool. 

Mr. Jankó worked for the Ministry for Innovation and Technology for the Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning Department until December 2018, started in this position in 2014, in the former Ministry for National Economy. As part of the Unit for International Relations and Grants, he was the official government member of the newly established ICT Industry Sectoral Skills Council in Hungary, between 2017-2018. Also, in this responsibility he was member of the technical team to publish several calls for grants in GINOP (ESF Operational Programme), on the field of vocational education and adult learning, between 2014-2018.  

Previously, between 2000 and 2014 as a programme manager, he worked in the Worldbank and PHARE Management Offices of the Ministry of Education and served eleven years for the Managing Authority for Human Resource (European Social Fund) Programmes.   He had supported the programming and implementation, also the monitoring, evaluation and closure activities, while holding responsibilities of the EQUAL Community Initiative of Hungary. Social innovation, integration of Roma people and transnational activities are still in his fields of interest.  Recently Mr. Jankó, a teacher by profession, has been engaged with the issue of how to build a bridge of digital education for adults and students through the waves of Industry 4.0, and improve the quality of the vocational education and training and adult learning through the means of the Digital Education Strategy of Hungary.


Establishing and using Sectoral Qualifications Frameworks: good practice from Poland

Sectoral qualifications frameworks are extensions of National Qualifications Framework, that are prepared in a cooperation with sectoral stakeholders in order to make them more suitable to the needs of a given sector. 

Such tool has several potential advantages from the point of view of the education system related to the labour market: use of language that will be understandable by a huge variety of stakeholders, in particular employers, better match with labour market needs and better comparability between educational institutions both at the national and international levels. 

During the workshop, examples of building and using selected sectoral qualifications framework are to be presented.

Katarzyna Trawińska-Konador is education policy development expert with 9 years’ experience in implementation of national qualifications system, international cooperation and consultancy (Erasmus+ projects, Cedefop projects and Twinning projects).

Former deputy leader in the National Qualifications Framework project in Educational Research Institute; expert on development of sectoral qualification frameworks (banking, IT, telecommunication, sports and tourism).

Co-author of national methodology for sectoral qualification frameworks development.

Academic teacher and research assistant at Warsaw School of Economics. Work in a team of University President’s Proxy for a Quality of Education. Main activities include the review of teaching programmes in Warsaw School of Economics, their update in terms of Bologna Process and Polish and European Qualifications Frameworks, support in developing Internal Quality Assurance Procedures.

PhD candidate in social sciences in discipline of public policy.

Member of European Commission’s EQF Advisory Group.



Early detection of risk in students: Skills and innovative technologies

Early detect troubling students “at the first sign of difficulty” is a key skill to prevent school failure, maladjustment and school dropout. Screening risk it is still today conceptually diffuse and operationally challenging. Conceptually, there is a lack of clarity about the risk factors associated to risk grounded on limited longitudinal research. Supports also lack science-based foundations and empirically validated evidence, challenging effective impact evaluation analysis. Operationally, the screening of risk is undermined by subjectivity, limited response from student supports and a highly bureaucratized articulation within school systems, leaving untracked and/or unresponded students exhibiting signs of risk (in attendance, behavior, career choice). 

Redirect time and focus is now required to optimize school support systems. Indeed, the Portuguese National Board of Education has established a new inclusive education framework based on response to intervention (RTI) model that proposes a multilevel approach to curricula and supports, redirecting the focus and scope of supports from remediative to promotional and preventive measures. This requires more accessible systemic, comprehensive and effective student management systems. 

We present the SAPIE-EB, a web-based delivered early warning system that predicts student failure and dropout, manage supports and evaluates their impact in redirecting trajectories of risk across time. As a universal screening device, the SAPIE-EB uses readily available data imported from student management systems, making predictions with no extra work. Predictions are scientifically grounded on the A-B-C model of risk (Balfanz, 2007), expanded to health and career domains. As an intervention management system supports are codified according to the multilevel model advocated by the National Board of Education.  At-risk students are suggested to specific domain -specific interventions based on the dimensions of risk and ranked for intervention from innovative algorithm based on student actual status, the level of risk, and on over-time progress in risk. Intervention is monitored for both the intrapersonal and interpersonal domains, from indicators of student progress and analysis across time, class, course and schools, making it possible to measure the impact of interventions in redirecting the trajectories of school (and career) failure across time. The data stay available across different levels of education, making it useful to inform further interventions. 

Advantages of the SAPIE-EB include the ability for decision-makers and educators to gain a deeper and broader perspective on students’ success, bridging teacher and support systems within schools while they make data operational to support political and educational decision-making, thus bringing closer schools to community. Other advantages include focusing intervention and debureaucratizing processes and optimizing direct intervention time. 

Results in the US are promising. A recent longitudinal study showed that in schools monitored with similar systems when compared to schools with conventional screening procedures, the rates of absenteeism and failure in isolated courses are significantly lower. This lead us to believe that the SAPIE will result make a decisive contribution to decrease the rates of school failure and dropout, while providing critical inputs to increase the quality of success of students. In the workshop, we will navigate through the system and exemplify processes from real data.  

Pedro Cordeiro PhD has a degree in Clinical Psychology and PhD in Educational Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra. He holds the position of invited adjunct professor at the Higher School of Health at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, team coordinator of the PIICIE project at the city Council of Leiria and head of research at the Associação Tempos Brilhantes for The SAPIE project. He collaborates in the Integrated Masters and Doctoral programmes of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra. He is author of several scientific research publications in international impact-factor peer reviewed journals.



Future skills. Design and build your career

The workshop focuses on the career counselling skills from the perspective of future trends of the labour market related to the developments in sciences and technology, but also related to the needs and learning features of the new generations. The career management skills should empower counsellors, teachers and expert associates in approaching professional guidance in practice and creating and implementing a sustainable career development processes and programs.

Starting at the intersection of the future of work and learning as predicted by relevant studies in the field, the Future Skills. Design and build your career workshop will engage the participants in discovering and anticipating the skills needed to live richer and more fulfilling lives in a society that’s undergoing unprecedented change, in an economy that’s unlike any we’ve seen before, while the prospects for employment of our youngsters and not only around the world are troubling indeed. 

As career counsellors and teachers, we are all aware of the way in which new technologies, work patterns, and practices are disrupting how we learn, where we learn, and what we need to learn. In this light, we consider the next questions highly relevant: Which are the skills required for a successful personal, social and professional life?, How are skills learnt?, How current and future generations operate?, How do they build their educational and professional career?

Starting from relevant frameworks proposed by various prestigious actors in the field (European Commission, OECD etc.) and analysing the trends in technology development, sciences, labour market, our aim is to assume a more active role as career counsellors and teachers to bring awareness and make visible high quality, relevant and cost effective skills provision that meets the needs of present and future developments, towards sustainable growth and productivity.   

The questions that support our intervention in career counselling and guidance are: How do they get to know themselves in relation to future skills? How do they navigate through the changing educational and career pathways? Which compass is more likely to bring them to their target? How does our role as professionals evolve to support them and thus contribute to their welfare and society’s evolution?

This workshop is an opportunity to participate to a vivid debate and engage in practical activities connected to future skills and subsequent designing and building the career. It will include role-playing, exercises to stimulate futures thinking while developing personal action-plans and implementing career management strategies.

Cosmina Mironov and Anca Popovici are associate professors at the Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education at University of Bucharest in Romania with relevant background in school counselling. Cosmina Mironov is certified GCDF-NBCC (Center for Credentialing and Education, USA) and is director of the Masters in School Counselling and Career Development, while teaching courses in the field to bachelor and masters students. Anca Popovici is teaching courses in the pre-service teacher training programmes with expertise in the field of learning.


Set of skills for future careers – examples of good practice from Serbia

In the world of change we need skills in order to adapt to changes in our life and/or job. In this workshop, participants will learn more about the nature of different skills needed for future careers and how they can be acquired in school settings, based on the workshop leaders experience. They will have an opportunity to be a part of an interactive workshop with presentation of methods for practical use with pupils/clients. Workshop will cover the following topics:

  • constructive problem solving - analysing our own behaviour in problem solving situation, 
  • comparing individual and group strategies as way of turning goals into concrete activities, 
  • getting to know the techniques of productive problem solving (circular flow of problem solving, brainstorming), as well as
  • developing our own self-promotion and public presentation skills, balancing stress, etc. 

Most of the people, entrepreneurs (especially those working in SMEs) and other professionals are not familiar with strategic thinking, but react instinctively instead. This workshop aims to develop awareness of personal behaviour in solving problems and empowering individual abilities, teamwork and communication skills.
All these techniques can be used by participants to develop their own skills, but also in their career guidance practice with pupils/clients. In addition to practically experiencing these techniques, participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to discuss more about the ways they can be implemented in career guidance for different target groups and in various settings.

Svetlana Petrovic has a background in pedagogy and problem solving – she is a specialist for mediation. She is working in the secondary VET school as well as a trainer for assertive communication (leading seminars for teachers and workshops for pupils), a trainer for autogenic training (technique for relaxation and reducing stress), and a career counsellor. She actively participates in Erasmus+ activities such as conferences, study visits, youth exchanges, as well as a presenter of good practices in career guidance and counselling. Together with her colleague, Natasa Jankuloski, she is the author of 4 workshops in teachers’ handbook for career guidance and counselling.

Natasa Jankuloski has been working as a teacher of economic and tourist subjects at Technical School in Knjazevac since 2006. She is the author of numerous articles published in professional journals and one of the authors of the teachers’ handbook for career guidance and counselling. She has been training teachers since 2010 when she moderated her first workshop and today, she successfully leads two online seminars for teachers. She is an IT lover, implementing web 2.0 tools in teaching and extracurricular activities. She participates in Erasmus+ projects, conferences and workshops and she is an active guidance practitioner, which has been confirmed by several prizes.

Together, as members of Team for career counselling in their school, they are regularly implementing workshops on this topic with their pupils.


Introduction to design thinking

What does it mean that a product or service is well designed? We can all recall it from our experience – a great design of a particulary handy ballpen or a tea cup. Or perhaps an ill-designed process that leads to confusion, time loss and frustration. Or a solution that doesn’t comply with the actual needs. 

The Design Thinking  approach – or human centred design – seeks to define an actual problem and solve it combining the empathy for the person, creativity in the generation of insights and solutions, with the  rationality to  match solutions to the context. 

During the workshop the participants will experience the whole design process in a comprehensive way in order to understand the principles and be able to relate it to their professional practice. The follow-up presentation and discussion will wrap-up the main characteristic and inspirations for use. 

Design thinking as a set of strategies can significantly improve the processes as well as can lead to creating greater experience for people in various settings. It is a mindset that stimulates creativity and problem solving in a light and iterative way. 

Agnieszka Chrząszcz is course designer, trainer and facilitator at Centre of e-Learning of AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków. 


Educational program Lifeology

Lifeology is an accredited annual "tailor-made" educational program for students of 1st and 2nd year of secondary schools. It is taught by trained volunteers (so called ‘teen mentors’) one or two hours per week. The programme is complementary to the classic school education and it is focused on development of practical competencies which are necessary in day-to-day life.

With a help of mentors, young people learn in a playful way how to develop their self-knowledge, communication, leadership and social skills. Programme is aimed at four life areas: Insideology, Relationology, Careerology, Health. The programme enables young people to develop their strengths and fully employ their potential. It also supports talents by choosing young people from schools who are motivated to work further as teen mentors, thereby multiplying the impact of the programme and developing human resources.

The workshop will allow participants to experience different phases of the programme and get insights into the non-formal methods employed.

Henrieta Holúbeková studied Andragogy at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Comenius University in Bratislava and has, for the past 20 years, worked as a lecturer. 
She created and implemented numerous training programmes and courses (e.g. an accredited "Lecturer in Adult Education" course entitled "Leadership of Tomorrow" which is taught at the University of Economics in Bratislava) and trained educational advisors and youth leaders from Slovakia and abroad (e.g. Poland, Lithuania, Slovenia, Croatia, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy).

Henrieta Holúbeková specializes in non-formal techniques of education and her main focus, since 2014, is working with youth. To this purpose, she developed an educational programme based on the mix of formal and non-formal learning techniques under the title “Lifeology", for which she received a Special Award in the Slovak National Career Guidance Award 2016. In addition, Henrieta Holúbeková is a TEDx speaker at Comenius University 2018 and she was recently appointed the main state counsellor in the field of youth work by the Ministry of Education.


Presentation skills as a competitive advantage

Presentation skills are essential in every aspect of the professional life. To be good at something is not enough: if you don’t show it, no one will know it. 

Through everyday work with job seekers and unemployed people of all ages, we become aware of the importance of self-evaluation and quality presentation in the labour market.

Whether it is applying for a job and sending a resume, preparing for a job interview or just performing tasks in everyday work, you will achieve better results if you master the necessary presentation skills.

In this workshop we will show examples of good practice and some exercises in our work with job seekers in order to strengthen them in their job search process.

Helena Smoljo is psychologist, working at the Croatian Employment Service (CES) as a senior expert advisor in Lifelong Career Guidance Centre (CISOK) in Zagreb for the past five years. She provides clients information, advice and support them in the decision making process, in choosing their career path and preparing them for the labour market requirements.


Jopsy – or how you find the job of your dreams?

A brandnew job-App, providing vocational guidance for pupils aged 13 till graduating from highschool. “Jopsy” - a play on the words “job” and “psychology” - was especially developed for the youth of today, who's mainly using smartphones and tablets for quick researches and inputs.

Participants of the workshop will gain insights into the scientific principles and models “Jopsy” is based on (Hollands' RIASEC-model) and how this model was used to develop a picture-based App, that will allow pupils and young adults to find out their three principal areas of interest within five minutes. Based on these areas the App then suggests jobs and occupations, that could be of interest to the pupils/ young adults.

“Jopsy” can also be used by teachers in the classroom and professional career counselors as a quick motivational tool to get young people thinking about their interests and how to find the right job for them. Because the App works mainly visually, the pictures can also be used to start a conversation with the individual pupil/ young person or to initiate a more profound talk about individual preferences and wishes regarding their further education.

The participants should have smartphones or tablets. Martina Aicher, employee of the Chamber of Labour, educational counsellor

Mag.a Heike Angerer, employee of the Chamber of Labour, cultural anthroplogist, mediator, jobcoach, educational guidance

Content of the service: labour market integration and reintegration, job interview prep, application training, introducing digital tools to our students, like application videos (making and cutting a video on your own) and educational counselling 

Target Group: mainly young adults