Euroguidance Cross-Border Seminar Belgrade

Euroguidance Cross-Border Seminar 2017

04-05 October, 2017 Hotel Metropol Palace, Belgrade, Serbia

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The Topic

Guidance 4.0: Innovative Practices for New Skills

The topic of this Cross-Border Seminar is Guidance 4.0: Innovative Practices for New Skills. The seminar will focus on new innovative practices in guidance, especially the ones using ICT, to develop career management skills (CMS), key competencies and other skills needed in contemporary world of work and living.

Guidance 4.0 relates to the 4.0 code that is used in industry, education (Education 4.0, Industry 4.0) and other fields as a mark of 4th Industrial Revolution. This Industrial Revolution is reflected in application of Information and Communication technology (ICT) that aim to bring together digital, physical and biological systems in order to maximizing human well-being. Impact of it is recognized as numerous rapid changes that shift perspectives and demand to adapt and therefore redefine how we understand education, labor market, responsibilities and world around us.

Read more about Guidance 4.0





Programme of the seminar

10:00 – 12:30

Opening and Keynote

After being greeted by the organizers and representatives of the national ministries, the participants will have an opportunity to hear a short introduction to the guidance system in the Republic of Serbia.

This will be followed by the opening keynote speech by Jaana Kettunen, Researcher
from the Finnish Institute for Educational Research at the University of Jyväskylä who will talk about the role of ICT in guidance and new innovative approaches in guidance in Europe.

13:30 – 15:00

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 option to choose the workshops they would like to participate in, and the final programme will be created to accommodate participants’ choices as much as possible.

15:30 – 17:00

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 option to choose the workshops they would like to participate in, and the final programme will be created to accommodate participants’ choices as much as possible.

09:00 – 10:30

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 option to choose the workshops they would like to participate in, and the final programme will be created to accommodate participants’ choices as much as possible.

11:00 – 12:30

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 option to choose the workshops they would like to participate in, and the final programme will be created to accommodate participants’ choices as much as possible.

13:30 – 15:00

Closing Keynote

Closing keynote speech by a Pedro Moreno da Fonseca, from CEDEFOP about the latest developments in guidance and new innovative approaches in guidance in Europe.


Experience Serbia

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

Networking dinner

Meet new colleagues from other European countries or continue conversations started during the first days of the seminar (location to be revealed at the seminar).

All CBS participants are welcome to stay for an additional day at the national guidance conference. Please indicate your interest when registering for the CBS so that we could send you invitation link when the registration opens. The participation at the national conference is free of charge.

10:00 – 12:00

Keynote and National Guidance Award ceremony

The first part of the conference will include a keynote by an European expert, the award ceremony for the National Guidance Awards as well as the launch of Europass in Serbia

13:00 – 17:00

Guidance in Europe – Guidance in Serbia

The second part of the conference will allow for the exchange of best practices in guidance on the national level as well as across Europe.
The conference will end with a panel discussion on the role of ICT in guidance.

Venue: Hotel Metropol Palace, Belgrade (Bulevar kralja Aleksandra 69, Belgrade)


Promoting parental support and vocational development of 8th grade students

Suzi Rodrigues

In this workshop, participants will have opportunity to learn about guidance program that actively involve parents in their childrens’ guidance process.
This structured programm is composed of a set of career dilemmas which consists of a problem solving situation.
During six consecutive weeks 8th grade students bring a dilemma home and work on it with parents. In the classroom, lead by the school psychologist, students present the solutions created at home.

Motivating pupils: Giving teenagers a taste of real life

Ján Smolka

How to find inner motivation of pupils to study?

I consider this to be one of the crucial questions of every educator.

During my teacher stay at elementary school in village Spissky Stvrtok, me and my colleague Tomáš Macko, tried to organize more extracurricular projects for pupils of our school to motivate them to study. Experiential course for nine-graders which I will present in this workshop is one of them.

In Slovakia, we have 9 grades during elementary school. With starting age of 6, children in their age of 15 (and their parents) need to decide which secondary school would they like to continue on. And, if they want to continue. This choice is quite important as the secondary school can affect the future employability of the person.

We planned this 5-days course to take place in the beginning of the school year for our nine-graders in Spissky Stvrtok, as it was their last year of elementary school and had to make an important choice with impact on their future in the end of the school year.

The whole design of the course consisted of 3 days when our pupils had to work in real life jobs and 2 days of reflecting and processing activities. The jobs and activities varied as we wanted to show them different aspects of life possibilities.

The main aims of the course were to motivate pupils for studying, show them what they are good at and get the taste of real life and responsibility awaiting them.

This workshop will contain basic explanation of experiential education, description of this course and its results and practical examples of few activities which we did.

How to develop career management skills using ICT?

Ana Janković Barović, Marija Jovanović

Information and communication technology (ICT) is becoming one of key elements in career services. Although there is consensus among practitioners about the need to develop online services for career guidance and counselling, a significant number of practitioners hesitate to use ICT in their work.
During this workshop we will present an example of an online Career management skills course, designed for students at the University of Belgrade, set up on the Moodle platform. Participants will be introduced to the structure of the course, content, methods and activities that are specially designed and developed to suit the nature of self-guided learning process of adult learners. We will also emphasis some examples of course activities such as self-assessment tools, exercises and tasks which enable students to get an insight in their potentials, career options and to master self-presentation skills essential for job search process or moving to next step of career development.
The overall aim of the workshop is to provide opportunity to discuss challenges in creating online courses, advantages and boundaries, to share ideas, to promote creativity, and finally to encourage practitioners interested in designing and conducting online courses and seminars for career management skills development so they can take advantage of the new opportunities afforded by ICT to effectively serve individuals and groups in ways that were not possible in the past.

ICT Platform for Inclusive Career Services: Virtual Counselling in Serbia

"Jelena Manić Radoičić and Tamara Stanojević"

Facilitators will present the first Serbian platform for virtual career information and counselling as a good practice example and web service awarded on many occasions. The benefits for the young people in Serbia facing transition from the secondary school will be pointed out. Furthermore, facilitators will elaborate on the principles guiding their practice of online career information and counselling, results and remaining challenges. Interactive workshop setting will provide the opportunity for the participants to practice their online (e-mail) counselling skills.

ICT and gamification: opportunities and challenges for career guidance

Tomas Sprlak

Game-based learning and guidance that facilitate learning, planning and problem-solving are great instruments for reaching NEETs and motivate them to learn and to re-engage with different existing support services. Serious games are adapted to their way of processing information (“digital natives”) and can also provide them self-directed learning opportunity with a real life engagement (information of job offices nearby, information on available training).
The workshop will present an analysis of good practices and attractive ICT and game-based tools that stimulate active employment and deliver effective guidance and employment services that was realized during the development of a Job Labyrinth online career guidance game. This comparative analysis gathers best practices, methodological approaches and tools successfully implemented in Europe in four different categories:
• self-promotion tools;
• career matching tools;
• online resource centers;
• communication tools.
The interactive workshop will present the beta-version of the online guidance game “Job Labyrinth” targeted at NEETs and discuss in an interactive and open-ended way the following points:
• What are the most relevant web-based guidance tool that exist in different European countries?
• How are these tools used? What are the main principles and ways of utilization of web-based guidance tools?
• What are the advantages, inconveniences and impact of self-service e-guidance tools?
• How can web-based tools be blended into a meaningful and effective guidance and learning process?
• What are the prospects of gamification approaches applied to guidance and employment oriented services?
• What are the best practices of gamification solutions for active learning and what is their potential impact on stimulating active employment of marginalized youth?

New paradigm and a career path “out of the box”

Dr. sc. Dunja Potočnik

The inevitable technology-driven changes, coupled by financial and economic changes and crises result in new paradigms of formation of educational and professional aspirations and channels of job search. All age cohorts are under the consequences of these changes, starting from Baby Boomers, through Generation X, to the Y and Z-generations. However, the last two generations are the ones whose life choices, including educational and professional pathways will be influenced by these changes to the largest extent. New generations are facing pressures of increasing costs of education, increasing choices (with regard to the number and types of education institutions, learning platforms and sources of information and help in career choices) and decreasing certainty of outcomes related to their position in the labour market. The majority of sociological data indicates that a new paradigm of education and career guidance is needed, one that would be wider in its goals and more attuned both to the needs of young individuals and societies they would like to contribute to. “Out of the box” thinking is required not only from individuals, but also from stakeholders in the educational system, labour market and financial system.
In the first part of the workshop the participants will be presented insights into newest trends in youth educational and professional choices, with emphasis on differences on the European level.
The second part will be carried out through work in small groups, discussing innovative ways of career guidance and shifts in individual careers from the point of view of three groups of stakeholders: career guidance practitioners, employers, and employees.
The concluding part will consist of discussion about the results of work in small groups and placing these results in the context of contemporary social changes.

Webinars and online courses as tools in Career guidance and Guidance for mobility

Sofija Petrović, Ivana Vulić and Ružica Madžarević

In this workshop, participants will have opportunity to learn about webinars and online courses as tools for informing and educating individuals about career planning and management. Webinars and online courses as tools in career guidance and guidance for mobility are accessible and enables fast and simultaneous communication with multiple, geographically dispersed users. Also, for some target groups, especially young people, use of ICT has a motivational effect since it is popular and established communication channel in digital era.
In order to effectively use webinars and online courses in career guidance and guidance for mobility, designing and planning these activities should be carefully carried out. Therefore, workshop activities will be focused on these aspects of implementation of webinars and online courses through interactive and group work as well as presentation of examples of practices from Serbia.

Distinctive skill as a part of career projects

Małgorzata Rosalska, Ph.D.

The aim of the workshop is to indicate the importance of distinctive skill in the general competence profile strengthening the opportunities on the labour market. Distinctive skill will be shown as complementary to soft and professional skills.The first part of the workshop will present 3 selected theoretical assumptions about the possibility of using the concept of distinctive skill in educational and vocational counselling. In line with the strategic management assumptions, factors that promote the development of effective career projects at different levels of education and at different stages of professional development will be discussed. The second theoretical context will be the pyramid model of competence and the relationship between the three basic areas of competence – soft, professional and distinctive. The third theoretical reference will be the concept of professional capital by M. Fullan and A. Hargreaves. This approach will enable to highlight the importance of individual commitment and personal responsibility for the quality and level of individual career projects. The practical aim of the workshop is to identify methodological solutions for building reflectivity on one‘s own resources and the responsibility for developing and strengthening them. Practical methodological suggestions devoted to recognizing own distinctive skills, designing strategies for own development and presenting them on the labour market will be trained. In this context, the roles and tasks of the career counsellor will also be reflected. The presented methodological offers will be connected to the aims of career counselling for students of vocational schools and students of higher education.

SELF Kit program: a key instrument for socio-emotional development and academic performance

Dr. Adrian Opre

Based on more than 15 years experience with cognitive-behavioral counseling programs (CBT paradigm), we developed a Rational Emotive Education (REE) program:  SELF KIT Program ( SELF KIT (Social-Emotional Learning Facilitator) is a REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Theory) grounded program focused on improving socio-emotional development and academic performance.  It was designed by a team of Psychologists and Pedagogues from Babeş-Bolyai University, trained in CBT and having a long time practical experience with CBT intervention in educational settings. Pilot studies,  followed by large sample investigations have given the program strong empirical support. Due to its structure, content and flexibility, SELF-KIT can be easily adapted to diverse socio-cultural and educational (curricular) contexts. Additionally, the typology and difficulty level of activities are selected based on the cognitive and socio-emotional profile of children at different ages.  In this workshop we are going to familiarize you with:  REBT core principle and practice,  SELF kit  main components and with the key  practical skills required for an optimal implementation. In this sense, after a short introduction addressing the theoretical background of the program, we will run a training session focused on how to use: a.  the SELF Kit components/materials;  b. assessment instruments; c. key practical strategies for an efficient implementation. The tips for a real  impact of the program on socio-emotional  development and academic performance will be revealed.  Samples from the English version of SELF KIT will be presented and used in the demo training session.

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“Inventing or discovering myself?” – Credibility on the labour market: Supporting university graduates entering the workforce 

Erika Juhász

Developmental bibliotherapy – bibliocounselling, biblioguidance – generally refers to the use of literature to help people recognize and understand themselves, cope with problems or changes in their lives, and to promote personality growth and development. The underlying premise of bibliotherapy is that clients : identify themselves with similar literary characters, while make an association that helps them to release emotions and gain new directions in life at appropriate times.  With a bibliotherapy module built into the college curriculum, students can be guided through stages of, for example, career management. It may empower them to : achieve their greatest potential by recognizing and understanding themselves, gain the knowledge of what to expect as an employee and find out examples of how others have dealt with the same concerns. The interactive workshop will introduce the method itself and some of the techniques used in a bibliotherapy session. 

Who am I in 4.0 Labour Market?

Lukáš Vlček

The goal of the workshop is to demonstrate the way how anybody can identify and work on some of his/her career management skills. The workshop is based on self-knowledge within socio-dynamic context, so all people in the workshop are encouraged to look at their lives and roles they play every day to define and frame their strengths and qualities.
Storytelling techniques are involved in the process of gathering and analysing the skills from favourite and preferable activities and the feedback from the others is used as well. From a tiny experience, success or achievement, people in the workshop help each other to define their skills and synthesise their competences. Then participants are given time to think about their personal goals, what abilities they would like to work on (and how), what they would like to improve and plan how it would help them in their lives or careers.
Finally, participants can make their own action plan or at least figure out the next step they need to make in order to move towards their goal a little so their decision making and planning skills take part in the process as well.

Job search by using social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) 

Katja Plazar

Social networks have become an integral part of the lives of people in the information society. Using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other tools for online communication today is commonplace. This is especially true for the young population, which is considered the most advanced in the field of computer science. These networks serve both the creation and nurturing of interpersonal relations as well as advertising and other messages. However, with regard to increasing their importance raises many questions and dilemmas.During thise lecture Katja Plazar will indroduce us 4 rules to follow in order to maximase effect of social networks.

GGC – gaming guidance competence

Markus Nemeth

How to find competences, interests and needs in the experiences of playing “”PC-Games“ and how to use them in the process of educational- and career guidance
Computer games are the new leading culture of young people. A large proportion of the youngsters spend their spare time in front of the screen with computer games.
This change in leisure activities presents completely new challenges in education and career counseling.
In this workshop, we will focus on the subject of computer games with the aim of gaining more understanding of this world of experience in order to make it useful for professional counseling. In fact, many games require a whole lot of specific competences and also helps to train them. A glance into the world of the “digital natives”, mostly promotes astonishing insights

Get up! How authorities can be attractive to the youth – Bremen Youth Career Agency (YCA)

Ina Mausolf

Participants of the workshop will be guided through a case study of Bremen youth: high rate of youth unemployment, high rate of young people without a formal career qualification (in comparison to other German States). They will have opportunity to test their own ideas and hear out about how young people may be guided toward formal apprenticeship.

Future of work – and how to get there

Dr. Anja C. Wagner

“The Times, They Are a-Changin” There are major concerns, that in the next years, many jobs will get lost through automation – up to 47% in the US, such as Osborne / Frey predicted in their famous Oxford paper in 2013. Studies in Germany come to the conclusion, that while many jobs will get lost, many new jobs will be created on the other side. Though, the personal skill set, which will be needed for the new jobs, will be totally different. Above all, better-trained forces are required, which were usually developed in higher education. However, the whole education system isn’t prepared for the digital age as well. In addition, all companies are now competing in the global “war for talents”, due to the digital developments in the global creative network society. Jobs can now be organized decentralized, automated and in a linked way. They do not have to work on the spot. Unfortunately, only a few people seem to be prepared for this massive transformational change. The future of work and the future of learning are changing fast – and some European countries are moving too slow to keep track with these changes. Perhaps we all have to think completely new with regard to our support structures, to face all those challenges. In this interactive workshop, we will take a closer look at the global changes, caused by digital transformation. After a strong insight into different developments, which are affecting the global workforce, I would love to dive into exchanging good practices, how political actors could react to these challenges. For this reason, I would love to introduce a kind of informal Design Thinking approach, to collect possible creative solutions for our shared European network society.


Opening keynote: Role of ICT in Guidance and New Innovative Approaches in Guidance in Europe

Jaana Kettunen

Jaana Kettunen is a Researcher at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. In her work she has been focusing on the design and pedagogical use of information and communications technology (ICT) in learning and working environments. She has extensive experience on training, supporting and working with practitioners throughout Europe. Her research interest is on the role of ICT and social media in career guidance. It is both theoretical and practical: it aims at the development of theory-based and evidence-informed pedagogical practices. Her current research focuses on the career practitioners´ ways of experiencing and conceptualizing social media in career services, and aspects that are seen as critical in the successful use of these new technologies in career services. Recently her research has also looked into the ethical practice in social networking and in the role of ICT in relation to national lifelong guidance policies.

Closing keynote: Digital technologies in lifelong guidance: Lessons learnt and ways forward

Pedro Moreno da Fonseca is Cedefop’s Lifelong Guidance expertPedro Moreno da Fonseca

The closing keynote of the cross-border seminar will be delivered by Pedro Moreno da Fonseca on the topic of the use of digital technologies in lifelong guidance.

Pedro Moreno da Fonseca is Cedefop’s Lifelong Guidance expert. Previous to Cedefop he developed EU level work in European policy networks in the fields of employment and guidance. He has developed and managed research in lifelong guidance systems, educational transitions, technological innovation and organisational learning. He has worked in the development of national systems in employment, VET/education, guidance and technological innovation for the Portuguese ministries of education, labour and economics. He holds a PhD in Sociology of Education.


Who will participate? How to register?

Guidance practitioners 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 July 20th on the link on this website.

Is there a participation fee and what does it cover?

The registration fee is EUR120 and it covers meals for participants during the seminar, cultural activities, plenary and workshop room rentals, promotional and seminar material, technical support, coffee breaks as well as group transfers from and to the Nikola Tesla airport for all participants. The accommodation and travel costs are either paid by the sending Euroguidance centres or by participants themselves.

Accomodation during the seminar?

We have pre-booked a certain number of rooms in three downtown hotels for you to choose from during registration. However, you are free to organize the accomodation yourself if you prefer it, just indicate this in the registration form below.

How to choose the workshops?

All registered participants will receive an email one month before the CBS to choose the workshops they would like to participate in.