EUROPEAN CAREER Guidance Counseling Conference 2011

GENERAL INVITATION

Career Guidance Counselors and other experts are invited to make presentations and submit papers on their experience in the themes below. Workshops and Sessions within the conference are also invited to discuss specific topics and to draw up concrete suggestions, which can contribute to the improvement of Career Guidance Counseling.

DEADLINES

The registration deadline is 10 April 2011. The deadline for abstracts is 15 March 2011. Notification of acceptance of abstracts is within 10 days.

THE MAIN THEMES OF THE CONFERENCE INCLUDE:

  • Good Practices to obtain Employability in the Crises
  • « New Skills for New Jobs »
  • LLP and Funding Policies
  • Preparing « 2012-The European Year for Active Ageing »
  • Career Counseling
  • Mobility and Career
  • University-Enterprises Cooperation
  • Guidance-Enterprises Cooperation
  • Linguistic Preparation
  • Disabled workers
  • Job Finding
  • Recruitment
  • Senior Citizens Support
  • Diagnostic Tests
  • Quality Assessment
  • Certification
  • Training
  • Innovative Tools
  • Best Practices in CG
  • Presentation in related projects
  • Career Guidance for talented people
  • Quality Assurance for Career Guidance

Conference webpage here.

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things could well be more about people than about things and technology.

The technology exists. The “markers” are passive or active, read-only or read and write contactless RFID Radio-frequency identification chips. At present, readers are devices that are specific to each application, but there is no doubt that mobile phones are quickly becoming “universal readers”. As for networks, the adoption of IPv6 Internet Protocol version 6, a vital component of the Internet of Things, will make it possible to attribute a permanent address to each individual on the planet and to all the objects we would like to make communicative, and there will still be plenty of addresses left over for extra-terrestrials, explains Jean-Pierre Legrand, Strategic Analyst at BNP Paribas’ Retail Development Department.

http://wcorporate.bnpparibas.com/applis/wCorporate/wCorporate.nsf/docsByCode/JCOP-82ZLBY/$FILE/Internet%20of%20Things.pdf

Successful Roundtable in Hungary

The first ProInterNet roundtable meeting in Budapest, Hungary last Thursday (24/03/2011) was a successful one.

There were 9 presenters -mostly represented the internet industry side- and 20 additional participants from creative companies and educational sector, which allowed for a fruitful discussion about the current and future situation of the internet industry and e-jobs. It can be assumed that this roundtable was the kick off for a growing network with interesting key actors.

The workshop programme and its presentations can be seen here:
www.matisz.hu/kerekasztalok.558.0.html

The results of the discussion will be processed soon, as it serves valuable addition to our running ProInterNet project.

Results from the Roundtable in Germany

In the course of the Roundtable in Germany, the experts had a fruitful discussion on the needs of the internet industry regarding the offer and demand in terms of training and education. In the following, the most important views and results will be presented.

SMEs: Companies criticise that there are no adequate candidates for vacancies. One example was mentioned when a company was looking for a Web Designer for a long period of time without being successful. It was acknowledged that we have to distinguish between “normal” employees who do everyday business and “genius” people who are expected to bring in extraordinary competencies.Local SMEs recruit staff from the local job market. They do not feel that there is a need for international recruitment. SMEs additionally wish to have applicants/employees with more assertiveness and criticise the rigid structure of the educational system in Germany.

Secondary Schools: The major problem is that pupils do not exactly know, which job to choose and how to get there. They rather have inconcrete wishes such as: “I´d like to do something with IT later on.” What they lack is a clear idea of which jobs exist, which tasks the jobs comprise, and which requirements they have to fulfil to take over such a job. The representative of a local secondary school therefore uttered the wish to enhance the cooperation with local SMEs in order to offer the pupils the chance to directly get to know interesting job profiles and to interact with apprentices at their age. Furthermore, the representative admitted that he lacks the know how to offer the pupils an adequate advice.

Vocational Schools: Vocational Schools feel that their work is adequate to prepare the pupils/apprentices for the work life. They agree that the technical skills seem to be fulfilled, but do not feel that it is their task to create curiosity, develop soft skills, etc. They admit that those characteristics are important, but rather expect the secondary schools to take over those tasks. However, they apply teamwork tasks at school as they are well aware of the needs in terms of project management. They also criticise the rigid structure of the educational system in Germany.

Institute for Economic Promotion, Essen: The institute confirms the SME´s view in regard to missing qualified workers. The representative feels that most companies recruit rather locally. Only the big players extend their angle onto the international job market. However, those companies are not the target group of PIN.

Eurobarometer reveals that ‘soft’ skills are just as valued by employers as sector-specific and computer-related skills

A new Europe-wide survey among employers shows that, when it comes to graduate recruitment, Employers value teamwork, adaptability, communication and language skills as much as sector-specific and computer skills. In this survey over 7,000 European companies were asked which skills and capabilities they find important when recruiting higher education graduates, and significant numbers of employers questioned said that the ability to work well in a team (98%), to adapt to new situations (97%), communication skills (96%), and knowledge of foreign languages (67%) were important when recruiting for their companies. Almost 50% of companies with considerable international business identified knowledge of foreign languages as the most important skill for the future.
Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: « These results clearly show that employers value a wide mix of specific and broad-based skills. The Commission’s new initiatives, Youth on the Move and New Skills and Jobs, are focused on helping Europeans to identify and gain the qualifications and skills required in the job market. We are committed to supporting Member States’ efforts to improve higher and vocational education, as well as promoting opportunities for study and work abroad. This experience gives young people the very skills that employers appreciate most. »

More information

Successful Roundtable in Germany

The first roundtable meeting in Essen, Germany last Monday (21/03/2011) can be considered successful! 11 participants allowed for a fruitful discussion about the current and future situation of the internet industry and it can be assumed that this roundtable was the kick off for a growing network with interesting key actors.

The results of the discussion will be published here soon!

‘Digital Skills Divide’ Emerging

A ScienceDaily article refferning to a Tufts University study that shows that while the « digital divide » may be narrowing in terms of access to the Internet, a significant « digital skills divide » is emerging.
Researchers suggest the digital skills divide should be addressed through training « to improve skills in evaluating search engines, choosing alternate keywords, and building searches from scratch » as well as training in evaluating sites for credibility and trustworthiness.

European Initiative: New Skills for New Jobs… and another new framework

The New Skills for New Jobs initiative by the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion was set out to promote better anticipation of future skills needs in the European labour market, to develop a better matching between skills and labour market needs and to bridge the gap between the worlds of education and work. Another aim of the initiative is to connect national classification frameworks for professions, qualifications and competences in order to further develop an all-European job market and enhance professionals’ mobility across European borders.

Practical measures for reaching the above mentioned objectives will be, among others, the European Qualifications Framework, the European Framework for key competences for lifelong learning, and yet another new framework, the European Skills, Competences and Occupations taxonomy. ESCO is currently being developed, using the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO) and still in its 0.0 version.
Not very surprisingly, the German National Agency views this new development with suspicion as declared in their official statement sent through their press mailing list last week (available here in German).

Yet another framework with the others staying valid and being developped further – what do we think about this?

More than 10 million students use Google Apps


Google Apps for Education offers a free (and ad-free) set of customizable tools that enable faculty, staff and students to work together and learn more effectively.
Communication – Enhance your community’s dialogue with hosted email, shared calendars and integrated video chat.
Collaboration – Google Docs and Google Sites enable students and teachers to share documents online, at any time and from any location.
Customization – Easily integrate your existing IT systems with Google Apps while keeping your school’s domain safe and secure.

Apps for Universities

Leading colleges and universities use Google Apps to deliver the advanced technology students need. www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/edu/university.html

Apps for K-12 schools

Build a 21st century school by bringing Apps into the classroom. www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/edu/k12.html

Source: www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/edu/index.html

In Hungary, Google Apps for Education is used by EVK College, the student organization of Corvinus University of Budapest.