CAREER MANAGEMENT IN THE LONG-LIFE LEARNING CONTEXT
EU Counsil in Lisbon came to conclusion that successful transition to knowledge based economy and society has to be accompanied by transition to the life-long learning. One of the tasks is to ensure accessibility to high quality knowledge and advice on long-life learning possibilities in the whole Europe.
Nowadays we may need knowledge and advice on further activities several times during life. We need relevant and precise information discussing possibilities and making decisions. A professional advice can often help to clarify a situation.
Future of counselling and orientation can be called ‘brokerage”. An “orientation broker”, having in mind a client’s interests and applying broad knowledge, can decide which direction it is better to act.
All these reasons define the need of counselling and orientation services to become more “holistic” and able to satisfy wide needs and requirements of a diverse society. Not only counsellors that orientate the long – termed unemployed, ex-convicts, young adults with low basic skills and without clear vision of their professional career, and disabled persons, must have especially deep knowledge and good skills, but every member of the modern society has to be able to plan its professional career. A great importance of this project is that project participants and learners would get acquainted with influence of cultural differences on the process of counselling and orientation, that is, what priorities have citizens of different countries and what life values are most important for them. All this could help to orientate for the common European labour market and better integrate into national labour markets.
Counsellors use methods that often differ in various European countries. The aim of the project – to get knowledge on most progressive vocational counselling and orientation methods in the countries project partners and compile a Career Management Portfolio that could be used not only by counsellors, but by all persons going to plan their career.
Communication of the project partners and learners in English, Polish and German during workshops and study visits will develop their language skills ( many of the project participants know these languages) and allow to learn some basics of Spanish, Italian and Lithuanian languages. Career counsellors will not only learn new methods, but convey novelties and share their new experience with their colleagues in their native countries.
The Career Management Portfolio will be put on the Websites of the partners and printed in paper.
Lithuanian Labour Market Training Authority (Lithuania) –Coordinator
Šiaulių darbo rinkos mokymo ir konsultavimo tarnyba (Siauliai Labour Market Training and Counselling Office)-(Lithuania)
Berufsfortbuldungswerk Gemeinnützige Bildungseinrichtung des DGB GmbH- (Germany)
Instituto de Formacion y Estudios Sociales-(Spain).
Biuro Obslugi Inicjatyw Europejskich (The European Initiatives Office)- (Poland)
Formacione Sviluppo Occupazione ( Ass.For.Seo )-(Italy)