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This module focuses on how experts (teachers, school directors, parents, anyone involved in the orientation choices) should help students to find out what they want to do and offer them a variety of choices when it comes to guidance and counselling, and also make students realize they are the actors of their own life.

Guidance, Counselling and Support Services

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Chapter 1 - Introduction
3. The generation Z
This module aims at breaking off with a model which is oriented too much towards the “school world” as if it was an end in itself: this model might have been accepted by the previous generations who lived in a specific economic environment but it is today considered as too ‘scholastic and offbeat’ for the generations Y and Z (like ‘Zapping’) and also for the work realities and expectations.
The generation Z can be characterized by a wild mistrust of an institutional speech and needs to face a process based on experience. This generation does not accept the principle of “learn first, you’ll see later”, they would rather “see first and learn later”. This generation can also quickly lose interest and leave the educational system if it seems meaningless.
The youths need to bring what they learn not only into a career plan but also into a life plan.
Hence the necessity to base every support process on :
  • A real coordination between teachers, school staff and experts of orientation
  • A dialogue and existential questioning to allow the student pointing out his/her tastes and values, to understand what is right for him/her and consequently to develop a life plan
  • The diversity of activities in which experience is central, from the point of view of both studies and the professional world, in order to create a link between the two spheres and develop a career plan, compatible with the students’ life plan.
Online Resources
  • Generation ZThis article explains what the generation Z is and this is necessary to understand the existing gap between this generation and adults working with them.
  • Importance of experienceThis article highlights the issue of experience: how firms, organizations or employers request experience from their new employees who have just finished college. But how can someone gain experience if the only thing they hear is: “you don’t have enough experience.” This trend is somehow being reversed because new and young entrepreneurs, who have in their time faced this problem, tend to trust personal skills rather than experience.
  • Apprenticeship in Europe and in AmericaThis article compares two systems: the American one and the European one. The author explains the benefits of apprenticeship, both for the people and for society; and shows the link between studies and the professional world.

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Date: 2016.09.13

Posted by Sigita - Lithuania

The strongest points of the E- learning package is the online accessibility of numerous resources for teachers and counsellors on how to understand pupils, how to deal with pupils at risk of early school leaving, how to motivate them to continue their studies at school.

Date: 2016.08.03

Posted by A. Navarro - Spain

The E-learning package section is an interesting source of information to include in my school counseling material. It enriches it.

Date: 2016.07.07

Posted by Elizabeth David - France

All modules are interesting and present new approaches. I particularly liked module 6 with the chapter about generation Z. And I like the idea that students are the masters of the choices they make.

Date: 2016.07.07

Posted by Didier Cahour - France

This module talks about ideas that already existed but that have never been set up.

Date: 2016.07.06

Posted by Andreea Ionel - Romania

The six training modules provide teachers and counsellors with the necessary skills which can enable them to guide students in their professional career. The modules display a wide diversity of online materials ranging from personal opinions on blogs, scientific articles, e-books, surveys, lectures, interviews or in/formational, explanatory, factual, and demonstrative video clips.

Date: 2016.07.06

Posted by Anabella Enachi - Romania

This module focuses on how teachers, school directors, counsellors, tutors or parents should help students by empowering them to discover themselves and identify the best ways to achieve their potential in life.
The module provides teachers and counsellors with theoretical and practical information on school guidance and counselling on career orientation starting from the basic definition of school guidance, its main actors, its role in students’ life as well as hands-on activities teachers and counsellors can use to help students with their career orientation and solutions to motivate students to stay at school. The module gives teachers and counsellors plenty of best practices, experiences and success stories to consider and follow.

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This web site reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.