Career Development Survival Kit: Enhance Employability and Improve Career Prospects of Teachers and Students
Erasmus+ course summary
Our world is changing rapidly. The way in which work is organised is shifting in response to political, economic, social, environmental and technological influences. Career development can be used to help societies, individuals and organisations to respond to and shape such changes. Career development is an individual and a social good. It can be a critical lever for optimising the functioning of the labour market and supporting individuals to manage learning and work throughout their lives.
Through participating in the career development Erasmus+ programme individuals asses and develop their 21 career competences, which help them learn, raise their self-awareness, plan their career goals, regularly reflect on their career path, find work, manage to balance different life roles, make professional changes, deal with career challenges and be more satisfied in their professional life. Through exciting exercises, inspiring discussions, deeper reflection, play roles and peer feedback participants will learn how to use exercises, questionnaires, work sheets and other materials for career guidance in their work contexts. Being skilled in career competencies themselves, teachers will be empowered to support their children and students to develop their own career competences.
"Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions." – Unknown author
C - Confirmed
Increase your employability
Improve career prospects of your students by first reflecting upon your own career as a teacher.
DAY 1: Introductory meeting, explanation of practical arrangements, presentation of timetable, information about course venue.
DAY 2: At the beginning, we will encourage the participants to express their expectations, needs and wishes regarding the content of the programme and the learning methods.
The participants will be encouraged to reflect upon their career path using different tools (e.g. life and emotional curve, coaching cards, career thermometer, life wheel). This means the reflection on one’s own career, the participants’ motivation, dreams and future. The participants are enabled to address goals and possible changes in their future career. They self-assess one’s own career management competencies in order to assess, which one should be developed and worked on.
DAY 3: Relevant theoretical models (e.g. Parsons, Holland, DOTS, Krumboltz) will be presented, basic terminology introduced and relevant skills for a 21st century career management presented. Participants will be informed about the relevant career guidance policies and the labour market. We will encourage the participants to relate the received knowledge to their own career development. They will participate in exercises that can be adjusted for their use in the classroom.
DAY 4: The participants will use different techniques and tools (e.g. values diamond, check lists, Dilts pyramid) to identify their values, skills and goals in relation to the four biggest influencing factors (self, family, work, wider environment) . They will compare and contrast them with the findings of the self-analysis. They will use the insights to enhance their future career path.
DAY 5: The participants will set medium and long-term goals for their career using appropriate coaching tools (e.g. GOAL and GROW models). They will design their own career plans. In order to realize goals, different strategies will be identified that fit the participants’ wishes, expectations and attitudes. Possible obstacles will be tackled, analysed and strategies how to overcome them discussed. The concept of fixed and growth mindsets by Carol Dweck will be introduced and practiced.
DAY 6: The participants will analyse the gained knowledge and skills related to career development in order to identify possible future career scenarios.
They will share ideas in which way colleagues and students can be supported in their career management skills. They will make analysis of the current state and discuss possible changes. They will be supported by some materials that can be used in the classroom.
DAY 7: Key learning points.
Planning follow up activities, dissemination and implementation of learning outcomes.
Discussing possibilities for future cooperation among participants.