Career guidance experts from around the world will meet at EUBA in September.

The International Association of Study and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG) and the Association for Career Guidance and Career Development (ZKPRK) in cooperation with the University of Economics in Bratislava are organizing the IAEVG World Congress in Bratislava from 11 to 13 September. The theme of the 43rd conference will be “Career Guidance for Inclusive Society”. A pre-symposium offering study visits will be held in Brno, Czech Republic on 9 and 10 September 2019. IAEVG is the oldest and largest international career guidance association, with more than 16,000 members. With the mission to develop and promote career guidance interests, IAEVG is an advisory body to the Council of Europe, the UN Economic and Social Council, UNICEF, OECD, ILO and other multinational institutions.

For three days over 500 participants from 40 countries around the world will be searching for answers to questions on how lifelong guidance can contribute to social inclusion and the development of democratic and civil society.

Rector of the University of Economics in Bratislava, who will host the conference, Prof Ferdinand Daňo, PhD. sees the World Congress as a great opportunity: “A rapidly changing world is a challenge for all groups of the population and for long-term sustainable growth we need to join forces across sectors to support individuals to develop their potential while meeting labour market demands. We can draw inspiration from bringing together policy makers, science and career guidance practitioners from around the world.”

Every day, the most important names from the field such as Norman Amundson, Annamaria Di Fabio, Gideon Arulmani, Robert Neault, Kobus Maree and many others will present at the conference. In the rich program, participants will also find examples of good practice and demonstrations for their work in the form of workshops and a tool fair. Contributions of Slovak and Czech consultants are a significant part of the conference program too. The communication language at the Congress is English, but all lectures and presentations in the plenary room will be translated into Slovak, French and Spanish.

“The topic of social inclusion is crucial for the countries of our region and in Slovakia it is becoming the main motive for the reform of the education system”, says Mr Štefan Grajcár, vice-chairman of ZKPRK. “Such an opportunity to get inspired by the best from abroad, but also to show the dynamics of our professional community to the world, will occur once in a generation and I believe that it will leave a lasting mark on the Slovak and Czech career counselling scene.”

Following themes will be discussed at the conference:

  • An inclusive society in the age of precariate: How can career guidance contribute to the inclusion and emancipation of low-skilled, disadvantaged and excluded citizens?
  • Career counselling across borders: New approaches to multidisciplinarity for more inclusive practice. Place of career counselling in social work. How to build bridges between sectors, institutions and practitioners?
  • Emerging countries: Career guidance as a luxury, a selection tool or a source of inclusion? What challenges do these countries face in building or reconstructing lifelong career guidance systems?
  • Inclusive Industry 4.0: Challenge for career and human resource management in companies. Well-being in the workplace and career guidance. What new career skills do citizens need for inclusion in a changing economic situation?
  • Career counselling and democratic participation: Active citizenship, prevention of radicalization—what role can career education and career counselling play?

Euroguidance Slovakia, the Czech Association for Career Guidance and Career Development, Euroguidance Czech Republic and other partners from Slovakia and the Czech Republic participate in the organization of the conference and pre-symposium together with ZKPRK.

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