|Career counseling involving work with parents. Training book for career counsellors|
|Guidebook for Parents: HOW TO HELP A CHILD IN MAKING A CAREER DECISION|
The European Union constitutes a territory facing constant changes in the labour market. Issues such as rapidly changing economic environment, the economic recession, the continuous technological breakthroughs, affect and influence the role of the family in raising children. According to Young & Friesen parents help children develop work values, self-awareness, self-confidence and interpersonal skills, grasp personal responsibility, exercise decision-making skills and through that mix identify the most appropriate work experience opportunities. Additionally, parents are the primary providers of encouragement for children to reach vocational goals and model their career-related behavior and learning experiences (Turner & Lapan).
Under this framework, it is an undeniable fact that parents play a crucial role in planning their children’s future professional career. Although the researches into this issue have been conducted in the USA and Canada for ten years, in Europe it is still a new subject and support for counsellors in guiding their children’s career is very limited.
The project aims at developing career counsellors competences, while improving their skills in guiding parents to support children’s vocational decision-making process. Ultimately, the project will result in:
- Three (3) TRAINING PROGRAMS in blended learning mode (including on-line Problem Based Learning sessions) “How to cooperate with parents in shaping vocational career of their children at a certain age” for school career counselors (each adopted to one age developmental group of children)
- A HANDBOOK for COUNSELLORS ”How to cooperate with parents in shaping the vocational career of their children at a certain age”
- A PARENT GUIDEBOOK “How to help a child in making a vocational career decision” divided into three (3) sections, each adopted to one age developmental group of children
- An e-PLATFORM for counsellors and parents as a repository of supportive materials and a space of knowledge exchange and peer education.
Through this process, vocational counsellors will be able to foster personal development of students not only by facilitating the individual but with support of family system in its different developmental stages. Parents, who are one of the major factors of the student’s career decisions, will know better how to facilitate career management and have a deep awareness of age differences.