First version of the mentoring program is ready for testing

During the first week of November project partners met near the beautiful city of Prague to work together on the mentoring program for careers professionals – candidates for certification.

The following modules were developed by partners and presented to the whole consortium:

ThemeProposed Content
Theoretical basisTheoretical minimum for CG practitioners: developmental processes along the course of life (e.g. personality theories, theories of career development, lifeworld models)
Counselling/coaching basicsCounselling basics: interviewing micro-skills (open questions, affirmations, reflexions, summarization…), working alliance, building relations and trust (person-centred approach, three-stage model of building trust); – Different guidance approaches / coaching techniques with the focus on the active role of the client
Action PlanningAction planning (SMART), identifying and overcoming obstacles, supporting the change process, methods for the identification, definition, and operationalisation of goals/objectives;
OutcomesOutcomes of career guidance (personal, social, economic, career management skills). Defining the objectives of CG and measuring the outcomes (examples of good practice).
Pedagogical outcomes (CMS)Pedagogical approach of career guidance: learning outcomes of guidance, identification of CMS development needs of the beneficiary, basic didactical skills, verifying the learning progress of the client… collaborative summarisation of the progress and results of the guidance process (examples of tools and approaches)
Social OutcomesSocial outcomes of guidance: preparing a CV, social media profiles, jobseeking techniques, examples and templates of reports and action plans. What outcomes from your guidance process can be communicated by the client to third parties/used outside of the guidance process?
Mission StatementTechniques that help the counsellor build his own personal mission statement and vision, practical exercise. How this mission can be communicated to clients and partners.
Intake, Needs AnalysisAssuring full information of the client, making your offer transparent

Clarification and identification of needs/objectives, identifying expectations, making doubts and fears explicit, contracting common goals of the guidance process (e.g. examples of intake questionnaires/checklists, guidance agreements…)

EthicsEthical aspects of CG (including social justice, inclusion, equality, examples of ethical dilemmas). Exercise: document specific examples of own ethical decision making and behaviour.
Labour MarketCurrent trends on the labour market (e.g., globalization, growing complexity, precarisation, demographic change, lifelong learning, and diversity); Understanding labour market: LMI (iCeGS) and its use in CG CG practitioner as a mediator of LMI, focusing of development of information competences (client capable of a critical analysis of LMI)
Networking an partnershipsNetworking strategies, partnerships, referral of the client to other services, evaluation and quality assurance of partnerships. Involving external partners in service provision. Documenting own network and practice.
Supporting decision-making, widening opportunitiesDecision making process, linking interests, personality traits and other factors to career opportunities. Techniques for exploration, analysis and comparison of opportunities.
Tools 1: PersonalityTools and techniques for analysing factors of career decision making: how to build your portfolio of tools for identifying personality traits, social roles, interests, attitudes (examples of different approaches from different CG schools, e.g also socio-constructivist, narrative approach etc., 360-evaluation, role playing). Building your own portfolio/library of quality-assured tools.
Tools 2: career, lifestory and competencesTools and techniques for identification and documentation of skills, competences, life-story, competence portfolio…   Building your own portfolio/library of quality-assured tools.
Tools 3: psychological assessmentBasics of psychological assessment (validity, reliability, sensitivity, ethical aspects and risks), “objective” vs. “subjective” (self-assessment) methods. Joint interpretation of the results.

Rules and risks linked to assessment.  Building your own portfolio/library of quality-assured tools.

Personalization of the serviceGuidance in specific life situations: early-school-leaving, unemployment, Labour and health / physical and psychological illnesses / burnout, Crisis intervention, Dealing with traumatized persons in guidance, Vocational re-orientation after the baby break, after a phase of unemployment, after being ill
Gender issues and equalityMain topic: Gender competence as a cross-cutting skill,  including specialized knowledge, methodological competence, social responsibility  and self competences
Tools:  questionnaire to review the mentor’s gender-competence and the  organization’s gender standards/ two case-studies
Distance counsellingICT: Distance counselling, online counselling, use of ITC, blended counselling, flipped classroom pedagogy
Measuring Feedback and ImpactCollecting feedback from clients, partners. Approaches to measuring impact of the service.  How to evaluate if your service/tools it appropriate for the target group?
Quality DevelopmentQuality assurance and development, quality cycle PDCA…
Research & DevelopmentResearch and development: monitoring existing professional and scientific resources, current research topics in CG, basics of scientific method. What tools have you developed/adapted and how?
Reflection of own practiceSelf-reflective and self-analysis techniques: Preparing your personal development and training plan (SWOT, training needs, training plan…)
Methodological procedurehow to prepare your own internal methodological guide/procedure… examples
Management BasicsBudgeting, acquisition and sustainability of necessary organisational, actively participate in the determination of which human and financial resources will be needed in the future (e.g. financial planning, controlling, working-time management)
MarketingOutreach, communication, marketing strategies (within or outside of the organization): basic principles

Mentoring/training program will allow practitioners to comply with a quality standard. The content of the mentoring program reflects the results from the Analytical paper (key quality areas, quality areas that individual counsellors have difficulties complying with, see below) and contains training modules that allow the counsellor to develop skills and competences in areas required in most of the QA standards focused on individual counsellor. From the delivery point of view, the mentoring programme combines elements of physical presence with virtual tools.