Are you standing at crossroads wondering what your next step should be after you graduate high school? If yes, just let us share with you those interesting facts regarding the key role of the career orientation process:
The OECD review (2004) provides a clear guideline: ‘Policies should assume that all people need career decision-making skills and career self-management skills, and that everybody needs access to high quality, impartial career information. Accordingly, the first priorities for policy-makers should be systems that develop skills and systems that provide information’ (p. 139)
- A coherent system for providing career services in Bulgaria is not well developed yet.
- According to recent studies, there is a significant lack of communication between business and public education (career centres in schools/universities).
- Internship and mentor programmes for students are organised mainly by the business.
- Career days, as well as job fairs, are happening only twice a year.
- The topic had been acknowledged at the local, national and European level, and different policies had been developed.
- Most initiatives by different organisations are project-based and suffer from a lack of sustainability.
As a consequence of all mentioned above, most citizens require support for their career path planning, in order to choose the most appropriate sphere of development, to make a well-informed choice regarding their formal education, as well as to manage the transition from education to the labour market. Based on our multi-level experience, CATRO has summarised its best practices and instruments by establishing a coherent and holistic career counselling programme that is specially adapted for youths between 16 and 24 years
. Our concept could be carried out at 3 different levels:
- Personal – individual career counselling sessions.
- Group – open training events and workshops.
- Networking career events – they can give you the opportunity to meet your future employer, to find a mentor or to start an internship.
CATRO career counselling approach for youths consists of 3 main pillars: