Why investing in career management skills? The experience of University of Camerino
The University of Camerino (UNICAM) has been a pioneer in the field of career guidance as it coordinated several Erasmus+ projects focused on the creation of a European Career Management Skills framework and on digital tools in career guidance.
UNICAM understands that didactic activities can not be the only aspect to be considered when we think of education. The world of work is evolving with new career opportunities, new ways of working and the impact of globalisation and technology is defining what opportunities are available and where. This fluidity and unpredictability combine to create a complex and challenging environment within which individuals are making life choices. With this uncertainty, the importance of purposeful career and life management becomes more prominent for not only students, but also citizens.
UNICAM, with LE.A.DE.R project (Learning And Decision making Resources http://www.leaderproject.eu/), initially focused its efforts on developing an integrating CMS approach for supporting decision makers, guidance practitioners and coordinators, school managers and teachers in order to increase the quality and enlarging the accessibility of career learning activities and resources. Then, with other two projects (Myfutures – Improving digital skills for career guidance at school https://myfutureproject.eu/ and E-tutoring – Tools and web resources for study and career management https://www.etutoring.eu/) it moved its attention to digital tools in career guidance such as e-learning platform with open education resources for schools and a digital system for Universities and HEIs, adapted for different contexts, based on a mobile Application, that provides tools and device for e-tutoring support to students during their academic career.
Career Management Skills include the whole range of competencies which allows individuals (1) to gather, analyse, synthesise and organise information on themself, education and job (2) and to enhance their capabilities of make and implement decisions and transitions. Considering the importance and usefulness of such range of competences, it is pivotal to provide them to students and to people of any age in order to bridge the gap between education and careers.
Now, it’s time to carry out a step forward: we need to move to an integrated approach which combines bottom-up and top-down approaches. With the CAREERS AROUND ME project we want to push policy makers’ attention on skills and resources for Lifelong career management in order to maximize the impact of knowledge acquired and to foster the creation of a coherent European Career Management Skills Framework’s policy which highlights all the differences and the matches of different European Countries’ CMS frameworks.