>Transition economies: career guidance as a “luxury”

Transition economies: career guidance as a “luxury”

Guidance and challenges of societies in transition:  Is career guidance perceived as a luxury, a tool for “selection of the fittest” or as an instrument for inclusion?

In this area theoretical, practical and policy issues should be discussed. Contributions should address:

  • the meaning of work across different socio-economic groups, genders, cultures and generations;
  • perceived roles and objectives of career guidance: career adaptability, employability, career management skills, career maturity, individual emancipation, extending career capabilities…?
  • the indigenisation of career theory and the theory-practice divide that currently exists;
  • what policy framework needs to exist for effective career guidance and career development? How can this be brought about, quality assured and evaluated? What policy gaps exist and how can a coordinated policy framework be achieved?
  • an audit of services across different sectors in order to determine the type of services needed, access issues, impact of these services as well as  gaps that might exist.

Possible questions to be discussed:

  • What roles can career guidance play in meeting the needs of citizens in transition economies?
  • To what extent is the skill mismatch, over-education and substantial skills shortages in transition economies affecting young people, adults and older workers? Is this challenge sufficiently met by career guidance and counselling?

… and other possible topics for discussion.