Euroguidance conference celebrated 30 years of the network

To celebrate the 30 years of Euroguidance work supporting lifelong guidance in Europe, practitioners, policy makers and trainers throughout Europe were invited to a hybrid conference to discuss competence development in guidance.

“Meeting the future today: Capacity building for the European guidance community” was organised as a hybrid event both in Prague (CZ) and online on 30 November 2022. More than 500 participants from more than 50 countries took part in the event. In a series of workshops and panel sessions, existing tools, frameworks and approaches in the field of guidance were discussed.

The ambitious conference programme covered many different of angles related to competence development. There was a total of 21 workshops and presentations held by 70 experts. Both external presenters, as well as several Euroguidance centres offered sessions on themes such as

  • Ways forward for professionalising career guidance
  • Inclusive mobility and the role of guidance
  • Good practices linked to the competence development of career guidance counsellors.

The workshops were described by participants to be hands-on and having given knowledge for reflection, among other things.

Conference programme

Panel discussion highlighted competence frameworks

A panel discussion “Partnerships in European Lifelong Guidance – how can we support guidance professionals in competence development” pondered the question, whether digital guidance services brought forth during the pandemic, will be kept and sustained.

The panel consisted of Daniel Hailemariam (Hailemariam Consulting), Tristram Hooley (Inland Norway University), Ilze Jansone (Euroguidance and IAEVG), Florian Kadletz (ETF) and Lukasz Sienkiewicz (Gdansk University). They came into the conclusion that more training of practitioners would be needed to handle these developments. Face-to-face services would still be needed for more in-depth guidance.

The panel also discussed whether upskilling and competence development should be made compulsory for practitioners. It was thought that a better option would be to develop strong frameworks of competences on national level. The panelists also brought up existing competence frameworks, developed by international organisations such as the IAEVG. The audience saw adaptability, flexibility and reflection skills as the biggest priority areas in competence development.

Networking opportunities were valued

One of the aims of the conference was to offer a chance for informal encounters among participants. The breaks as well as the poster exhibition at the end of the day, and a joint dinner, were full of lively conversations.

Virtual poster session presentations

Mentimeter results from the audience showed that the main takeaway from the event was 'inspiration'!

The conference was organized as part of Global Careers Month (Nov-Dec 2022), on the initiative of Cedefop, the European Commission, ETF, ILO, OECD, UNESCO and the World Bank. The event also supported collaboration between Euroguidance and IAEVG (International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance).

Global Careers Month