Within the framework of the EU funded project SKAZVO (improvement of Quality Assurance and Enhancement Systems at Higher Education Institutions), from 2018 to 2021 the Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE), one of the Keep in pact partner, carried out several workshops entitled „Careering“.
Practical workshops were intended for career advisers and teachers in higher education institutions in charge of strategic planning of high-quality graduate employability, support to students through the work of career centres and extracurricular activities, curriculum development and implementation.
The aim was to provide support to higher education institutions in developing career guidance services and sustainability of career centres as well as to strengthen the competences of career advisers so that they could address professional challenges and demands they have to face in their work with students as best as possible. ASHE’s goal was to encourage the establishment of new centres and employment of skilled employees who will help students in setting their educational goals, developing career management skills and practical transversal skills for the labour market, which will actively contribute to the linking of higher education and the labour market.
Over a period of 4 years, 25 workshops and round table conferences were held in Zagreb, Rijeka, Osijek and Dubrovnik. The topics were selected in cooperation with stakeholders on the basis of their suggestions and expressed interest: eg. how to prepare students for labour market, event management, design thinking for career advisers, characteristics of millennial students, discusions with labour market representatives, psychological counseling of students, etc.
More than 160 career advisers, teachers at HEIs, students, etc. participated in the workshops. They rated the workshops with high grades – the average grade was 4.84. They pointed out that, besides theoretical knowledge, the exchange of experience with other colleagues, networking and practical exercises were particularly useful. The majority expressed interest in further workshops.
Article written by the Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE), Keep in pact partner.