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The module focuses on the psychological aspects to be addressed and taken into account to understand the pupils’ personal aptitudes and characteristics, to identify those aspects that must be considered to personalize their education path, motivation to study and the risk factors that can lead to the decision of abandoning school.

Understanding pupils

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Chapter 4 - Work opportunities during and after school
Plans for the future.
A counsellor’s role is to facilitate transition from school to work and to help pupils to create a pathway to a meaningful, satisfying employment. There are several transition routs from school to work:
primary → secondary → tertiary level ( college, university) → employment
primary → vocational or apprenticeship training → employment
primary → secondary →unstructured work experience combined with training → employment
primary → secondary →no training or education → employment
other combination of formal and informal education, training and work experience → employment

Career vision clarification can become an essential factor and motivator for the further steps after high school. Pupils should be encouraged to envision their career as well as to set up realistic career goals and make plans how to reach them.

To do this work properly, a pupil has to go through self-assessment, identification of personal values, interests, abilities, and career exploration stages. Some of them can perfectly do it themselves while others need a great assistance that should be provided by teachers and counsellors at school.

Complex interdependencies between the labour market, young people’s occupational choices, and career routes have been a focus of policy concern, discussions and research across European countries. VET, as a pathway for young people to a career, has been and continues to be open to wide interpretation and debate. The situation in most European countries is being characterised by a lack of parity of esteem, which relates to the perceptions of VET systems as the second-best choice, compared to academic routes. Enhancing the status and profile of the VET system is therefore a concern that has received much recognition in literature and policy papers on both national and European levels.

One of the key policy issues in advanced economies is the ease with which young people are able to make the transition from school to work. Youth unemployment for those unable to make the transition is one side of the problem, entailing substantial social and economic costs for individuals and society. However, even if young workers do find a job after finishing school, it may not have the characteristics they require. This may result in unmotivated and disengaged workers, as well as a skill mismatch that can lead individuals to multiple changes of employer and occupation. Advocates of vocational education emphasise its merits in speeding up the transition from education to work by providing early and effective matches for secondary education graduates. Dual systems, such as those in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, are believed to provide better matching of training to labour market demand (Ryan, 2001, Steedman, 2005).
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Date: 2016.09.13

Posted by Aneta - Lithuania

It provides a lot of useful information that is essential towards pupils’ understanding.

Date: 2016.09.13

Posted by Beata Višniak-Bakšienė - Lithuania

This section contains specific information that makes it possible to define the classes’ structure, provides future activities and direction.

Date: 2016.08.03

Posted by L. Barrada - Spain

For the e-learning package, I am sure I will use some of the chapters in the near future. I keep them to use them with my own resources.

Date: 2016.07.10

Posted by Palumbo Luana - Italy

This section is very important because it gives all the tools to understand the pupils’ needs, the level of their skills, their dreams about a future job. For teachers it is also useful because it offers a series of tests to know and exalt the pupils’ potentialities. Teachers can also inform pupils about the concrete possibilities of working and living abroad.
The contents of the package are undoubtedly very useful, because they permit the deep knowledge of all the possibilities offered by the labour market.
In particular the “Job profiles section offers an exhaustive explanation of how the labour market requests new profiles or is modifying the existing ones., Finally it will be important to improve the section of test so students can start to think about their skills and aptitudes

Date: 2016.07.07

Posted by I. Jacquard - France

The contents are really interesting and there are a lot of online resources.

Date: 2016.07.06

Posted by Emanuela Gheorghiu - Romania

The first module Understanding pupils highlights important theoretical psychological aspects which should be considered in order to understand and identify students’ personal aptitudes and characteristics; these aspects are useful when personalizing students’ education pathway towards the most suitable career and life style for them.
The last chapter strikes a balance between theory and practice by providing teachers and counsellors with best practices, experiences and success stories related to career planning, guidance and counselling.

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