Here you will find the content of the conference together with programme presentations.
Wednesday 31 May
08:00 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:20 Introduction, moderators Agneta Kronqvist and Paul Guest.
09:20 – 09:30 Welcome from the director general of the organising Agency, The Swedish Council for Higher Education, Eino Örnfeldt.
09:30 – 10:00 Presentation of organisers: The Swedish Guidance System.
Mikaela Zelmerlööw, Swedish Agency for Education and Nina Ahlroos, Swedish Council for Higher Education.
10:00 – 10:30 The role of lifelong guidance in today´s education and working life.
State Secretary Erik Scheller, Ministry of Education and research and Deputy Director-General Lars Lööw, Arbetsförmedlingen, the Swedish Public Employment Service.
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
Key note speeches:
11:00 – 11:30 Investing in Career Guidance.
Cynthia Harrison Villalba, Cedefop.
The presentation summarises key points in the revised edition of the advocacy leaflet, Investing in Career Guidance, published in 2021 following the onset of the pandemic, which disrupted career services worldwide. Through inter-agency cooperation Cedefop, European Commission, ETF, ILO, OECD, and UNESCO, with inputs from ICCDPP and Cedefop’s CareersNet, shared their joint vision of the strategic role of career guidance in a changing world. The leaflet highlights the importance of investing in career guidance across education, training and the labour market, youth, and social inclusion fields. Messages are shared on the benefits for individual decision-making, for economies and for societies.
11:30 – 12:00 The Swedish Job Security Councils to manage well-functioning transitions on the labour market and the role of guidance for skills supply.
Caroline Söder, CEO Swedish Job Security Council - Trygghetsfonden, TSL.
Caroline Söder will present the historical reform being implemented in the Swedish labour market. This reform places a central role on the Swedish Job Security Councils and their career guidance to support lifelong learning. The reform enables the strengthening of competitiveness for individuals, companies, and Sweden as a nation amidst the ongoing transition in the labour market.
12:00 – 12:15 The European Year of Skills and Lifelong Guidance, European Commission, Aline Jürges.
12:15 – 13:20 Lunch
13:20 Finding ways in a time of great future challenges – transfer to workshops.
13:30 – 14:45
- Workshop 1:
Title: Strengthening the scientific knowledge base for career guidance.
Presenter: Per-Åke Rosvall, Professor, Umeå University.
Content:The presentation will first focus on the development of networks supporting Swedis h and Nordic research on transitions and career learning and guidance. This work has led to a current situation with several related Nordic networks, projects, and a PhD research school. The second part of the presentation will focus on describing some of the research activities within those projects.
Facilitators: Mia Lindberg and William Lindo, Swedish Association of Guidance Counsellors.
Presentation: Strengthening the scientific knowledge base for career guidance (pdf)
Title: eGuidance in the Nordic countries. Examples from Denmark and Norway.
Presenters: Ilse Jensen, The Danish Agency for IT and Learning, Margrete Haldorsen Nygaard, and Eirik Øvernes, Norwegian directorate for higher education and skills.
Content: The Danish and the Norwegian eGuidance will be presenting results and experiences from their respective services. Denmark established their eGuidance service more than 10 years ago, whereas Norway’s service was launched in 2020, during the pandemic.Counsellors from both countries, as well as the leader from the Norwegian service, will draw lines from pre-eGuidance time and up the present. They will also give a description of the latest initiatives and reflections on future plans. How are the services organized and financed , who are their target groups and what are their needs and goals? Does digital guidance provide the target groups with what they need?
Facilitators: Birtha Theut, Euroguidance Denmark, Karoline Tellum-Djarraya, Euroguidance Norway.
Presentation: eGuidance in the Nordic countries (pdf, 3,7 MB)
Title: Erasmus+ project: Guiding Schools - Quality tool for career guidance.
Presenters: Karin Asplund, Career Guidance Centre in City of Gothenburg and Giulio Iannis, Centro Studi Pluriversum in Italy.
Content: Starting from the methodological proposal developed by Professor Ronald Sultana, the Guiding Schools project has developed a set of tools and resources to promote the quality of guidance in schools through a partnership that includes organizations and universities in Italy, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Belgium and North Macedonia. The Workshop will present the handbook and resources for teachers and guidance practitioners.
Facilitators: Dorianne Gravina, Euroguidance Malta and Margit Rammo, Euroguidance Estonia.
Presentation: Erasmus+ project: Guiding Schools (pdf, 2,3 MB)
Title: Guidance in Validation, examples from the Nordic network of guidance for adults.
Presenters: Anna Nygård, Fjóla María Lárusdóttir and Maiken Skarðenni, Nordic network for guidance.
Content: Representatives from the Nordic network for guidance for adults will present findings from the report Guidance in Validation in the Nordic region and elaborate on developments in three countries; Sweden, Färoe Islands and Iceland. Focus will be on the validation process and examples of guidance activities in each phase as well as which developments have taken place on policy level and practical level based on the recommendations introduced in the report. Relevant products and projects will be presented such as the Transversal skills project and the Nordic Quality Compass on Validation of Prior Learning.
Facilitator: Guðfinna Harðardóttir, Nordic Network of Guidance for Adults, NVL.
Presentation: Guidance in Validation, examples from the Nordic network of guidance for adults (pdf)
Title: The need for green guidance.
Presenter: Tristram Hooley, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences /University of Derby, UK.
Content: In this workshop, Professor Tristram Hooley will introduce the idea of "green guidance". He will argue that in a world in which the drive to Net Zero is at the forefront of political and economic planning, guidance needs to play a role. Career guidance supports individuals to make choices and to manage their life and work in part by helping them to understand large scale forces that are acting on society and the labour market. Given this career guidance can help people to understand how the climate crisis is going to impact on them and their career and support them to make plans to address this. The session will begin by exploring the rationale for taking action to address climate change and examining the ways in which the climate shapes our careers and in turn our careers shape the environment. It will then offer a series of practical ideas for careers professionals to use as they work with clients around the intersection between climate and career. This will include exploring the use of careers information, a model for career counselling and addressing these issues in careers education.
Facilitators: Ladislav Ostroha, Euroguidance Slovakia and Joke Verlinden, Euroguidance Belgium (Flanders)
Presentation: The need for green guidance (pdf, 1,6 MB)
15.15 – 16:30
- Workshop 6:
Title: Skills intelligence in career guidance services.
Presenter: Jiri Branka, Expert, Cedefop.
Content: Personal qualities and aspirations are key factors shaping one’s career decisions. "Skills intelligence" – according to Cedefop, is an expert driven process that blends different sources of information on skill and job demand into user-oriented products – can make these decisions more effective. It can point to prospective occupations and skills in high demand, which may fit the qualities and aspirations of an individual service user. But designing skills intelligence for career guidance purposes faces particular difficulties. Explore with Cedefop the latest trends in skills intelligence and discuss how labour market data and analysis can help career guidance practitioners as a source for career information.
Facilitator: Ernesto Villalba-Garcia, Cedefop.
Presentation: Skills intelligence in career guidance services (pdf, 1 MB)
- Workshop 7:
Title: New Scenes for Europass – embracing Europass for Career Guidance.
Presenters: Mia Sandvik, Europass Sweden, Mia Trcol, Europass and Euroguidance Croatia, Eva Baloch-Kaloivanov, Euroguidance Austria and Yvan Couallier, Euroguidance France.
Content: How can European transparency tools, such as Europass, effectively support lifelong guidance? This workshop will serve as an introduction to the services offered by the Euroguidance network and the Europass platform. Participants will gain insights into a brand new e-course on Europass designed specifically for guidance practitioners, set to be launched in June 2022.The comprehensive 12-hour course aims to provide career guidance practitioners with essential training on the Europass platform. Additionally, participants will have access to optional supplementary course materials and quizzes that enhance the learning experience.Throughout the workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to reflect upon and engage in discussions regarding the benefits and challenges associated with utilizing transparency tools like Europass in the provision of guidance services.
Facilitators: Eva Baloch-Kaloivanov, Euroguidance Austria and Mia Sandvik, Europass Sweden.
Presentation: New Scenes for Europass – embracing Europass for Career Guidance (pdf, 2,9 MB)
- Workshop 8:
Title: Is Career Guidance Ready for the new Europe?
Presenter: Daniel Hailermariam, (MA), Career Counselor, Hailemariam Consulting.
Content: The presentation will focus on challenges and issues facing career counselors in providing guidance and counseling to a growing population of immigrants who come to Europe from across the globe and from different cultural backgrounds. What are the main challenges? What needs to be updated to face these challenges? Terminologies such as intercultural counseling, normality, norm criticism, and professionalism will be among the concepts that will be discussed.
Facilitators: Elvira Pfann, Euroguidance Switzerland and Eva-Maria Ternité, Euroguidance Netherlands.
Presentation: Is Career Guidance Ready for the new Europe? (pdf)
- Workshop 9:
Title: Open data and data infrastructure for guidance.
Presenters: Abraham Bernharth, Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocation Education and Sara Dahl, Swedish Agency for Education.
Content: A collaboration between eight Swedish National Agencies for Education, Labor Market and Digitalization. Data is essential to develop digital infrastructure for guidande. For two years, Sweden has been working with a government assignment to promote open data in skills provision and lifelong learning.
Facilitators: Satu Ryynänen, Euroguidance Finland and Eydís Inga Valsdóttir, Euroguidance Iceland.
Presentation: Open data and data infrastructure for guidance (pdf, 1 MB)
- Workshop 10:
Title: A national, cross-sectoral quality framework for career guidance - an example from Norway.
Presenter: Tonje F. Gravås, Senior Adviser in the Division for Career Guidance at the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills.
Content: In 2017 the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research gave us in the Directorate for Higher Education and Skills an assignment to develop a national cross-sectoral quality framework for career guidance. In this workshop we will tell you how we did that, we will show you what we ended up making and look into how we have tried to make the quality framework relevant and taken into use when it is not a regulation, but voluntary to use. And for us to discuss and share in the workshop: Can this kind of frameworks actually have an impact on the development of quality of career guidance? Maybe you have some experience from your country to share? Or maybe you can get some inspiration on how to go about working with quality in career guidance in your country.
Facilitators: Anna-Lena Larsson Lönnqvist, Swedish National Agency for Education and Agneta Söderlund, Swedish Association of Guidance Counsellors.
Presentation: A national, cross-sectoral quality framework for career guidance - an example from Norway (pdf, 2,8 MB)
14:45 – 15:15 Coffee break
16:30 – 17:00 Display of promotion material brought by participants.
17:00 – 17:45 Cultural break - Improvisation Theatre
18:00 Joint dinner
Thursday 1 June
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome back! Today´s programme.
Agneta Kronqvist and Paul Guest.
09:15 – 10:00 Report from workshops.
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 11:00 What’s next in global and regional cooperation? Global Careers Month and beyond.
Pedro Moreno da Fonseca, International Labour Organisation, ILO.
The Global Careers Month has been an exiting occasion for the international career guidance community to gather and significantly discuss challenges, opportunities and priorities. The string of events constituted an enormous success that provided high visibility to career development issues and their importance in all regions of the planet. It is time to reflect on what has been discussed and are next steps in enhancing cooperation for the advancement of career guidance. This presentation will reflect on some of the conclusions of the Career Guidance Month in the light of current trends and the activity of the Interagency Working Group on Career Guidance.
11:00 – 11:20 Does guidance pay off?
Bergby centralskola (teacher and guidance counsellors and pupils from Bergby compulsory school).
Ulf Ögren, student counselor, and Charlotta Nordell, primary teacher, will present the subject "Choice for future" which is a scheduled lesson where the students (age 12-15 years) will get time, opportunity and guiding tools to prepare for important choices and decisions facing their own future.
11:20 – 12:00 Towards the future: Results from World Values Survey.
Bi Puranen, World Values Survey Association.
In her concluding presentation Bi Puranen will reflect on the future challenges and needs for a lifelong guidance and its concequences for higher education.
12:00 – 12:10 Closure of the conference.
12:10 – 13:00 Grab and Go meal and Departures.
13:00 – 17:00 CareersNet meeting (Ordenssalen).
About the conference
Much has happened since the last Swedish EU presidency in 2009, not least when it comes to the education and labour market arenas and the relationship between them. We have a rapidly changing labour market due to technological developments, demographic trends, and a global energy crisis on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We also find ourselves in an educational world where the individual is expected to continuously learn new skills in a lifelong perspective. The greening of economies brings new career and skills needs to the table and an uncertain world has an impact on individual career decision-making.
Aim of the conference
The conference aims to discuss the “new arenas for career guidance” – how the conditions for lifelong guidance have changed and how career guidance is being re-designed in new ways and for new target groups. The aim is also to investigate what these changes mean for the guidance profession, for policy development and for the content of guidance practices.
Joint vision, joint arrangement
Investing in Career Guidance (Cedefop; European Commission; the ETF; ILO; OECD, UNESCO 2019; revised in 2021) serves as an umbrella advocacy tool for the conference. Here, the Inter-Agency Career Guidance Working Group (CGWG) share their joint vision of the strategic role of career guidance in our changing world. The basic hallmarks of an effective and efficient career guidance system are listed. The Erasmus+ programme, with its support for inclusion, constitutes another important frame for the conference.
The conference is jointly arranged by:
- The Swedish Council for Higher Education
- The National Agency for Education
- The National Public Employment Service.
Cedefop and the Swedish Association of Guidance Counsellors are partners.
The conference dates have been decided to coincide with the annual network meetings of both the Euroguidance Network (29-30 May) and Cedefop’s CareersNet (afternoon of 1 June).
We hope to welcome many national, European and international stakeholders - policymakers, researchers, trainers, practitioners, and others operating in the field of lifelong guidance - to Stockholm in the Scandinavian early summer for fruitful discussions and the exchange of ideas and experiences, to contribute to the development of the field.
Places are limited and we count on 3-4 persons from each country.
With kind regards on behalf of The Swedish Council for Higher Education, The National Agency for Education, The National Public Employment Service, The Swedish Association of Guidance Counsellors and Cedefop.