Euroguidance Cross Border Seminars (CBS) bring together guidance counsellors, policy makers, experts and other practitioners from different European countries to exchange their expertise and innovative guidance practices. It all started back in 2005 when Euroguidance centres from three neighbouring countries – Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia – decided to join forces and gather national experts to discuss current trends and important guidance-related topics. Over the past years, more and more national Euroguidance centres have recognised the importance of networking and exchanging practical tools and counselling methods, which is why the number of countries participating in the Cross Border Seminar has been growing ever since. Today, the countries regularly participating in the Cross Border Seminars are Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

2019 – Skills for the future

The theme of this Cross Border Seminar was “Skills for the future” in Bled, Slovenia. The seminar aimed to discuss national contexts and examples of initiatives that are available for guidance counsellors and end users to discover and improve their skills with focus to address skills needed in future as well. Due to current fast technological development guidance counsellors are facing questions about changing nature of careers/occupations and (future) skills needed on the labour market. Guidance counsellors discussed handling these challenges while counselling their clients regarding their career paths.

Cross Border Seminar 2019 gathered over 80 practitioners, experts and decision makers from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia as well as guests from Europass Slovenia, EQF Slovenia, Euroguidance centres from Belgium Flanders, Macedonia and Switzerland.

2018 - Guidance and counselling in the school curriculum

The theme of this Cross-Border Seminar was “Guidance and counselling in the school curriculumExperiences, practices, innovations and responses to current challenges”. The seminar focused on guidance and counselling in the school curriculum and especially on innovative ideas and experiences of the practitioners.

The Cross-Border Seminar 2018 gathered practitioners, experts and decision makers from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia with the aim to exchange ideas and examples of innovative practices in guidance and counselling.  Around 100 participants joined the Seminar in Bucharest.

2017 - Guidance 4.0: Innovative Practices for New Skills 

The topic of this Cross-Border Seminar was Guidance 4.0: Innovative Practices for New Skills. The seminar focused on new innovative practices in guidance, especially the ones using ICT, to develop career management skills (CMS), key competencies and other skills needed in the 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 the 4th Industrial Revolution. This Industrial Revolution is reflected in the application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) that aim to bring together digital, physical and biological systems in order to maximize 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, labour market, responsibilities and world around us.

2016 - Cross Cultural Guidance and International Careers – Integrating Migrants and Minorities

The topic of the 11th Cross Border Seminar was  ”Cross Cultural Guidance and International Careers – Integrating Migrants and Minorities“. More than 100 participants from 14 countries exchanged their professional experiences, discussed new ideas, networked together and presented successful integration projects as well as innovative guidance approaches within an intercultural context. The outcomes of the seminar were collected in a compendium and in addition national surveys from all participating countries on the seminar topic have been compiled in a separate handbook.

2015 – Guidance Crossing Borders

This publication of national surveys and workshop articles is based on the responses of the national surveys and articles from experts who leaded workshops relating to the Cross Border Seminar organised in Retz, Austria. By collecting the responses received from the Euroguidance centres of the participating countries this document intends to provide readers with an international overview regarding methods, techniques and tools to diagnose competences in participating countries.

2014 – Counselling Methods for Fighting Youth Unemployment

This publication is devoted to Counselling Methods for Fighting Youth Unemployment – the topic of the Euroguidance Cross Border Seminar that took place in Zagreb, Croatia in June, 2014.

Youth unemployment is a growing problem in Europe, with significant consequences for individuals, communities, society and economy. As career counsellors play a vital role in providing guidance services to young people, their training is crucial for improving their skills and competences. This is exactly what the 2014 edition of the Euroguidance Cross Border Seminar aimed for; to help counsellors exchange good practices and discussi nnovative approaches to tackling the important issue of youth unemployment.

This publication is a compilation of responses to the National Survey on youth unemployment collected from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Serbia, as well as articles about the workshops held during the seminar, responding to the challenges faced by career practitioners in different European countries working with young people. This publication provides readers with an international overview of the counselling methods for fighting youth unemployment implemented in eleven European countries.

2013 – Methods, techniques and tools to diagnose competences

This publication of national surveys and workshop articles is based on the responses of the national surveys and articles from experts who leaded workshops relating to the Cross Border Seminar organised in Warsaw, Poland. By collecting the responses received from the Euroguidance centres of the participating countries this document intends to provide readers with an international overview regarding methods, techniques and tools to diagnose competences in participating countries.

2012 – Career Management Skills

The them of the 2012’s cross border seminar was Career Management Skills. It is sad to see certain statistics, e.g. about only 45% of Americans being satisfied with their work or that of majority of secondary school graduates having no clearly articulated career goals (Jarvis, 2003). Instead of self-analysis, clear career preferences and purposeful action people simply settle and/or rely on chance. It is shocking to learn 80% people never set goals for themselves – in any area, so including (and exceeding) career goals. Some might be lucky and end up in a fulfilling job, most don’t. The problem is this negatively influences quality of life (so it’s negative for an individual) and also productivity (negative also for employers and the economy)(Jarvis, 2003). People in today’s day and age are required to proactively navigate the world of work, to be a protagonist of their own life project. And this is exactly what career management skills are. The term means the ability to lead and self-monitor the process of career planning, including setting goals and developing strategies to achieve them – and to do so countinually. This of course includes a multitude of concrete skills and competences. Career management skills are gaining importance in the minds (and actions) of the professionals particularly because the world of work is changing. Our economies are knowledge-based and this means relatively frequent job changes are likely to take place, while also the career-pathways are more non-linear (Herr, 2008). There is no security in employment anymore and people cannot or do not wish to retire at a fixed date, so processes of managing one’s career indeed are lifelong.

2011 – Innovative Tools and Methods in Career Guidance and Counselling

The theme of this year’s seminar was the introduction of innovative tools, focusing on the development of psychological and ICT tools. The event provided an opportunity for the 65 delegates from 7 countries for intensive professional dialogue and exchange of practice. The seminar outputs are gathered in this compendium.

2010 – Who Cares for Those Who Care?

The cross Border Seminar 2010 was dedicated to professional care for counsellors and was titled “Who Cares For Those Who Care?”. Professional care for those who daily deal with problems and needs of others (such as guidance practitioners, school counsellors, psychologists, etc.) is often neglected as it is seen as secondary to field of guidance. However, personnel are the core essence of all these services. Also professionalization of guidance counselling is not possible without paying particular attention to training, education and personal needs of practitioners. Some of these points were emphasized by keynote speakers Š. Grajcár (Central Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family) and Š. Vendel (University of Prešov in Prešov). Also nine workshops offered during the seminar dealt with these topics. Stressful situations in career guidance and coping with them were discussed in two workshops (A. Kalbarczyk – PL, H. Hudabiunigg – AT). B. Gogala (SL) and I. Valkovic (SK) presented supervision in national contexts. Training opportunities and support of competencies for career guidance counsellors in different areas were themes in workshops led by A. Slowik (PL), S. Fritz (AT) and L. Novosad with B. Calkovská (CZ). One workshop was dedicated to ethics and ethical dilemmas (D. Kopcanová – SK). This year the seminar was enriched by special workshop targeting directly policy issues. Representatives of National Guidance 6 forums and ELGPN presented actual developments in their countries and proposed common goals for further cross-border cooperation regarding research and professionalization of guidance counselling. Interactive ways of work, discussion, and exemplifications guaranteed practical orientation of the seminar what was appreciated above all by practitioners.