From November 2-5, 2021, the Network for Innovation in Career Guidance and Counselling will hold its third NICE Academy at the University of Paris. The academy will be dedicated to the challenges of “Building Career Management Skills.”
We thank our host, Dr Laurent Sovet from the University of Paris, for his kind invitation and very much look forward to this event, which also marks the 10th Anniversary of NICE. We already have a great lineup of keynote lectures and workshops. Further calls for presentations will be announced soon. If you want to receive our regular updates, please subscribe by contacting us (below).
The academy will take place at the Institute of Psychology of the University of Paris at 71 avenue Edouard Vaillant, 92774 Boulogne-Billancourt. Please note that this location is about 45 minutes away from the center of Paris, if you use public transportation. We advise you to find a room near the venue.
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Following Sultana (2012), career management skills can be defined as “a whole range of competences which provide structured ways for individuals and groups to gather, analyse, synthesise and organise self, educational and occupational information, as well as the skills to make and implement decisions and transitions” (p. 229). They have become a key focus for implementing career educational programs and career competence-based curricula across EU countries. NICE (2016) attributes the professional role of Career Education to this important task and defines relevant competence standards for career practitioners.
When its educational component is forgotten or ignored, career guidance and counselling cannot unleash its full potential. By incorporating the promotion of career management skills in our practice, we can empower people to master their career-related challenges autonomously; we can support them in attaining more control over their career development; in becoming more independent.
And we need to do so. While globalization and innovation bring many benefits, they also challenge people to engage in lifelong learning. Organizations, too, are under continuous pressure to adapt, with many of them become less hierarchic, smaller, and more flexible. In this kind of an environment, citizens’ ability to manage their own career development becomes crucial. We need to prepare people to deal with career-related challenges across their lifetime, not only at the beginning of their careers. For this purpose, we need to support citizens’ learning and development of career management skills. However, many questions arise with this realization:
These are the sorts of questions that the third NICE Academy in Paris will focus on. Through interactive keynote lectures, various training workshops to choose from, presentations of innovative approaches and important research findings, and various networking activities, we hope to foster a meaningful exchange of knowledge about the promotion of career management skills and career education.
NICE (2016). European Competence Standards for the Academic Training of Career Practitioners. Opladen: Barbara Budrich.
Sultana, R. G. (2012). Learning career management skills in Europe: A critical review. Journal of Education and Work, 25(2), 225–248. https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2010.547846
Target Group and Level of NICE Academies
NICE Academies are aimed at two main target groups:
NICE Academies provide advanced training in career guidance and counselling. We expect that all participants have completed an initial qualification in career guidance and counselling, ideally through a targeted degree program at a higher education institution, or have developed an equivalent degree of expertise (e.g., through university training in a discipline like education or psychology, through professional supervision, research, etc.). Our courses are offered at Master's level (EQF 7).
At the NICE Academy in Paris, we will welcome three international keynote lectures offered by:
Hazel Reid, PhD
Canterbury Christ Church University (UK)
Career Guidance and Counselling: a narrative of continuity and change
The challenges that lie ahead for the individuals and groups we work with as practitioners, researchers and educationalists are immense. Change in any social environment is the one constant perhaps, but the pandemic we are living through means we are unsure of what stories to construct for the future – for our ‘clients’ and for ourselves. Innovation is a wonderful thing and important, however, career guidance and counselling has strong foundations that we can build on, some refer to this as ‘standing on the shoulder of giants’. The presentation will look back in order to look forward as we work alongside others to build career management skills for an uncertain future. Building an adaptable narrative around career futures will not be easy, but narratives are essential to our ways of making sense of the world, of ourselves and interactions between the two. Within the presentation we will make time for conversation, to share thoughts about how we navigate the challenges ahead.
Professor Hazel Reid is Emeritus Professor of Education and Career Management at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. She was the Head of Research in the Faculty of Education and supported the research career development of colleagues. Her research focused on the area of career and guidance theory and practice, with a particular interest in narrative career counselling and clinical supervision. She also supervised and continues to examine students undertaking Doctoral research, with a particular expertise in interpretive, biographical and narrative research methodologies. For many years Hazel trained career guidance and counselling practitioners. She is the editor/author of a number of books and publications, notably An Introduction to Career Counselling and Coaching, published by Sage in 2016. Hazel is an Emeritus Fellow of NICEC (National Institute of Career Education and Counselling) and a Heritage Fellow of the UK Career Development Institute, receiving the Rodney Cox Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. Hazel was, until recently, a board member of the European Research Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counselling and also of the Network for Innovation in Career Guidance and Counselling in Europe (NICE). Her email is: hazel.reid37[at]outlook.com
Laurent Sovet, PhD
University of Paris (France)
To be added soon
Ronald G. Sultana, PhD
University of Malta
Authentic Education for Meaningful Work: Beyond ‘Career Management Skills’
My presentation will focus on work education in formal learning settings and will explore how such an education can be conceptualized so that it contributes to well-being. I will first provide an overview and synthesis of recent developments in ‘career learning’ worldwide—also as represented in the contributions to the NICE volume on CMS—noting the increasing importance that such career learning has been given as a contributor to enhanced competitivity in knowledge-based economies. The presentation notes that the centrality of work in the curriculum is justified because ‘meaningful work’ maintains its importance as the hallmark of a flourishing life. I will argue, however, that much of the work that is available in neoliberal economies is increasingly the cause of distress, hardship, exploitation, and abuse. I therefore make a case for an authentic work education programme that helps participants understand the nature of meaningful work, to aspire to it, and to decode the causes that frustrate access to it. I conclude by arguing that, as with all truly educational enterprises, authentic work education should provide the intellectual tools and encourage the moral resolve to imagine more socially just and fulfilling ways of living together and to gain a measure of individual and collective control over the forces that shape lives.
Ronald G. Sultana is professor of education at the University of Malta. He has carried out research on career education in several contexts, including New Zealand (from where he obtained his PhD), the USA (where he was Fulbright Fellow at Stanford University), the EU (where he was the ELGPN’s consulting expert on career management skills), and the MENA region (where he has supported curriculum and policy development). He has most recently edited Career Guidance and Livelihood Planning across the Mediterranean (Sense Publishers, 2017), published a Handbook on Enhancing the Quality of Career Guidance in Secondary Schools (2018), and co-edited (with T. Hooley & R. Thomsen) two volumes on career guidance for social justice (Routledge 2018, 2019). In 2020, Sultana was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Université Laval (Quebec) for his work on emancipatory career guidance. A list of his publications is available at: http://www.um.edu.mt/emcer/publications Email: ronald.sultana[at]um.edu.mt
Training workshops provide highly interactive learning opportunities. They last 90 minutes and don’t require any preparation from participants. No more than 30 minutes should be dedicated to speeches or presentations. Activities can comprise group discussions, individual or group exercises, peer learning, discussions, collegial counselling/intervision, playing educational games, structured reflection, etc.
"Promoting Meaning in Life and Work through a Game"
Caroline Arnoux-Nicolas, Université Paris-Nanterre, France, & Shékina Rochat, University of British Columbia, Canada
"Critically reflecting our practice - do we really have our clients' best interest in mind?"
Eva Kavková, EKS, European Contact Group, Prague, Czech Republic
"Preparing individuals to manage and exploit unpredictability"
Sandra Cheyne, Skills Development Scotland, Glasgow, United Kingdom
"Career Management Skills for Complex Intermediary Systems"
Lorraine Johnson, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
"Call me! How we can work with career, vocation and calling to support our own career development (as well as our clients)"
Gill Frigerio, University of Warwick, UK
"The BASIC Model as a Tool to Develop Career Management Skills"
Seija Koskela, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä, Finland
"Refugees and Migrants - How to Work with Lifelong Career Management Skills"
Thi-Van Patillon, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, France, & Inger-Lise Petersen, University College Copenhagen, Denmark
"Building Career Management Skills: Implementing the 2030 Agenda Goals in Career Education"
Teresa Sgaramella & Lea Ferrari, University of Padua, Italy
"My Career and Academic Plan (MyCAP) - How to implement the program and use the materials"
Scott Solberg, Boston University, USA
"Mentoring Programme to Prepare Guidance Practitioners for Quality Assurance"
Tomas Sprlak, Association for Career Guidance and Career Development, Slovakia
"Coaching on Statistics and Quantitative Methods"
Czeslaw Noworol, Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland
*The sequence of the workshops still needs to be determined.
Presentations at NICE Academies allow career specialists to share expertise from research and practice, and discuss it with academy participants. Presenters are given 20 minutes for their presentation, followed by 10 minutes of discussion, which are facilitated by the session moderators. Typically, three presentations with similar topics are combined.
"Building Career Management Skills Online: A Proactive Program on the Greek Islands"
Katerina Argyropoulou & Nikolaos Mouratogou, University of Athens, Greece
"Building Career Management Skills Through Co-Careering and Emancipatory Knowledge on LinkedIn"
"Practitioners' Conceptions of Career Management Skills"
Jaana Kettunen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
"Can Teachers Support Adolescents' Development of Career Management Skills?"
Katja Driesel-Lange, Svenja Ohlemann, & Ulrike Weyland, Universities of Münster and Berlin, Germany
"Fostering Career Management Skills in Refugee Women"
Patrizia Zanibon, Lea Ferrari, & Teresa Maria Sgaramella, University of Padova, Italy
"Complexity Competence as a Basic Career Management Skill"
Christiane Schiersmann, Heidelberg University, Germany
"Gender Stereotyping in the World of Work: Relation to Gender Roles, Vocational Interests, and Value Orientations"
Toni Babarovic, Dora Popovic, & Iva Sverko, University of Zagreb, Croatia
"My Future Career Path - An Approach to Build Career Management Skills in Jordan"
Amaal Bani Awwad, International Labour Organization, Amman, Jordan
"Creating a Self-Coaching App for Career Choice"
Tillmann Grüneberg, Deep-Potentiale, Esslingen, Germany
"Developing Career Readiness in Young People Using the Eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance"
Jill Hanson & Siobhan Neary, University of Derby, United Kingdom
"Bounded or Blended Professionals: Evolving Career Development Practice in Higher Education"
Siobhan Neary & Nalayini Thambar, University of Derby, United Kingdom
"Developing, Expanding, and Improving Career Education Programs in Schools to Support Individual Growth of Career Management Skills: A Holistic Model"
Svenja Ohlemann, Jerusha Klein, & Katja Driesel-Lange, Universities of Berlin and Münster, Germany
"Bridging Perspectives in the Development of Career Management Skills: Calling for an Integrative Perspective in Career Education Programs"
Teresa Maria Sgaramella & Lea Ferrari, University of Padova, Italy
"Linking Basic Education and Career Management Skills - A Practical Case Study from Kosovo"
Denis Simon, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Pristina, Kosovo
"Developing Educational and Vocational Guidance in Albania"
Nada Kallciu, & Eralda Zhilla, University of Tirana, Albania
"Delivering High-Quality Career Guidance to Young People: The Role of Networks and Partnerships"
Siobhan Neary & Jill Hanson, University of Derby, United Kingdom
"Stories, Expectations, and Career Development of a Young Man with Visual Impairment"
Paola Magnano, Rita Zarbo, & Andrea Zammitti, Universities of Enna ("Kore") and Catania, Italy
"Can Career Adaptability Foster Career Readiness, Career Decidedness and Engagement in the Career Construction of Early Adolescents?"
Iva Sverko & Toni Babarovic, University of Zagreb, Croatia
"'Jump into your future!': An Online Program for the Enhancement of Career Management Skills"
Andrea Zammitti, Paola Magnano, Rita Zarbo, & Giuseppe Santisi, Universities of Catania and Enna ("Kore")
*The sequence of the presentations still needs to be determined.
The registration fee covers food and drinks at the academy, the programme, and all learning materials. Participation at the gala dinner and cultural activities come with additional fees. Participants are expected to organise and pay for their travel and accommodation autonomously.
Early-Bird (until August 31)
Founders and Lecturers (1)
Special Rate (2)
Online Only (3)
(1) Founders are registered supporters of the NICE Foundation, either individuals or representatives of institutional founders (e.g., universities or professional associations). For an overview of the relevant bodies, please consult http://www.nice-network.eu/founders/
(2) The special discount is available for participants with very low budgets, e.g., unemployed students or practitioners with relatively low incomes. Please request a special discount via email to the organisers.
(3) Some of the academy activities will also take place online, including keynote lectures and a selection of presentations and workshops. Active participation of online participants will be moderated. In the unlikely event that the academy cannot take place physically, the full event will take place online.
NICE Foundation (Responsible Organisation): Dr Anne Chant & Johannes Katsarov
University of Paris (Host Organisation): Dr Laurent Sovet & Emmanuel Wassouo
In Dialogue (Partner Organisation): Yvor Broer
Caroline Arnoux-Nicolas, University of Paris Nanterre, Nanterre, France
Kokou A. Atitsgobe, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Lucie Bonnefoy, University of Paris Nanterre, Nanterre, France
Yvor Broer, In Dialogue, Gouda, The Netherlands
Damien Canzittu, Université de Mons, Mons, Belgium
Sandra Cheyne, Skills Development Scotland Leasachadh Sgilean na h-Alba, Glasgow, Scotland
Nikos Drosos, European University Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
Lea Ferrari, University of Padua, Padua, Italy
Gill Frigerio, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Ariane Froidevaux, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington TX, USA
Rebeca García Murias, University of the Federal Employment Agency, University of Applied Labour Studies, Mannheim, Germany
Lorraine Johnson, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Nurten Karacan Ozdemir, Education Faculty, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
Eva Kavkova, EKS, Prague, Czech Republic
Monika Kil, Danube University Krems The University of Continuing Education, Krems, Austria
Paul King, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
Aira Klampe, Liepaja University, Liepaja, Latvia
Seija Koskela, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä, Finland
Inger-Lise Vanja Lund Petersen, University College Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Czesław Noworol, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
Monika Petermandl, Danube University Krems The University of Continuing Education, Krems, Austria
Shékina Rochat, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Valbona Rraci, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Prishtina, Kosovo
Teresa Maria Sgaramella, Università degli Studi di Padova, Padova, Italy
V. Scott H. Solberg, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Tomas Sprlak, European Federation of Centres of Career Guidance and Bilan de Compétences (FECBOP), Vichy, France
Åsa Sundelin, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Nimrod Waehner-Levin, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel